Newsletter – January 2023

Message from the team

Happy New Year! Thank you for tuning in to our monthly newsletter. Our goal is to provide updates on new climate change data products, tools, and guidance documents available on

This month, we are focussing on Climate Data in Action. Sites like have made it easier than ever to find, analyze, and download historical and future climate data. But how is this data being used to make climate-smart decisions? We’ve put together some of our favourite examples from the past year showcasing how some Canadians are using these data and information.

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Costing Climate Change Impacts

It is well known that climate change will impact the costs associated with maintaining and operating buildings. Until very recently, the operating and maintenance costs associated with these changing climate hazards were not known, and thus constituted a financial risk to the province. Seeking climatological expertise, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) partnered with the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS) to provide customized, infrastructure-relevant, climate change projections for the province.

Keep reading to learn more…

Winter Ice Roads in Northern Ontario

Winter ice roads represent a critical means of access for remote northern communities, and a warming climate has already negatively impacted ice road season length. This case study explores the use of a climate threshold as one indicator of the viability of winter roads into the future.

Learn more about how thresholds were used…

Using Climate Data to Assess Risks in the Transportation Sector

This free, six-hour webinar demonstrates how to find and use climate data to assess infrastructure related risks. Tap on “Learn more” to access the recordings.

Learn more…

Permafrost in the Northwest Territories

Thawing permafrost, one serious result of rapid warming in Canada’s Arctic, is causing widespread impacts to northern infrastructure. Using a climate risk analysis protocol (the PIEVC Protocol), and referencing data from, a risk assessment was undertaken to better understand the threat from permafrost degradation in the Northwest Territories.

Read more…

How climate data and information are being used to support adaptation and climate-informed decision making at Parks Canada

As part of a national effort to identify and address the risks associated with climate change, including flooding caused by extreme precipitation, Parks Canada approached the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS) for help extracting relevant climate change data for trends and projections of key variables at each national park, national marine conservation area, and national historic site across Canada.

Read more…

Drought and Human Health in Canada

Droughts can impact human health and well-being in a many ways and are expected to increase in Canada across the southern Prairies and for the British Columbia interior under climate change. This case study shows how SPEI—an index available on that can be used to identify drought–may change in the future.

Read more…

Next month!

Downscaled CMIP6 Projections

We are putting the final touches on new downscaled temperature and precipitation data, featuring CMIP6 model data!

The new dataset will introduce users to SSPs – shared socio-economic pathways – the latest suite of future scenarios. Our article on SSPs explains how these differ from the older RCP scenarios.

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