In June 2019, the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) launched the Costing Climate Impacts to Public Infrastructure project (CIPI) to analyze the costs that climate change impacts could impose on Ontario’s provincial and municipal infrastructure, and how those costs could impact the long-term budget outlook of the province.
Climate change presents a serious risk to Ontario’s public infrastructure and the impacts are projected to be increasingly costly through accelerated infrastructure deterioration, increased operating expenses and increased service disruptions. To complete the CIPI project, the FAO partnered with the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (CCCS) to provide regional climate projections needed for the costing analysis and the detailed engineering analysis conducted by WSP Canada.
Results from the first sectoral analysis on the costs to public buildings (released on December 7, 2021) estimate that climate change will add roughly $6 billion to the costs of maintaining public buildings and facilities in a state of good repair over the remainder of this decade (2022-2030). By the end of 2100, under the high emissions scenario (RCP8.5), additional cumulative maintenance costs could rise to $116 billion without intervention.
To further understand how climate information can be applied in buildings sector-related work explore the Buildings Module on ClimateData.ca.