Region of Peel – Climate and Extreme Weather Resilience

The goal of this project was to lay the groundwork for actionable strategies for increasing resilience to the impacts of climate and extreme weather with respect to two very different community assets in the Region of Peel:

  • Caledon’s agricultural sector; and
  • the Port Credit shoreline area, including but not limited to the harbour, roads, and other transportation system-related infrastructure.

Laying this groundwork involved four main areas of work:

  • scoping of climate change risk assessments for the Caledon and Port Credit areas;
  • development of a new compendium of historical and future-looking (climate change) information for climate change risk assessment in the Peel Region;
  • development of a tailored climate change risk assessment approach now called the Peel Climate Risk Assessment Framework Tool (P-CRAFT); and
  • application of P-CRAFT to the Caledon and Port Credit areas, using the new compendium of climate and climate change information.

Stakeholder engagement occurred at different times throughout the project. The new compendium of Peel climate information was developed using the RSI Climate Analytical System and Databases, including but not limited to modeled data from all 40 Global Climate Models (GCM) used in the most recent IPCC (AR5) assessment. RSI and the Ontario Climate Consortium (via the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority) played roles in each of the four main portions of the project.