Planning

 

Manitoba Climate Resilience Training Project

Our Story

The role of the Planning Sector is to focus on impacts of climate change that are being seen across Manitoba and highlight the role of planners in addressing these impacts. Workshops and training developments will center around the effectiveness of planning tools to address climate risks in both public and private settings. A particular focus will be on the role of land-use, development, watershed management and planning policies in preparing for a changing climate. 

The Planning Sector will utilize evidence-based approaches to communicating the science, impacts, and risks of climate change through interactive and detailed mapping tools, documentary films, reports, and accessible training, writing, and outreach methods.

What We Do

With a dedicated team of filmmakers and storytellers, we produce a range of video content that explores the lived experiences of Canadians as they navigate the impacts of climate change across a variety of sectors and environmental stressors.

Across a variety of platforms and mediums, our team publishes peer-reviewed articles and research reports that highlight the intersections of geography, climatology, and hydrology in furthering our understanding of how a changing climate will present in different parts of the country.

Our most notable tool is the Climate Atlas of Canada, a data visualization platform that synthesizes vast amounts of climate data in to interactive and easy-to-use maps. In an effort to better communicate the associated risks and science of climate change, the displayed information and reports are available for download.

Community outreach and stakeholder engagement are two pillars in our approach to mainstay climate adaptation in policy, regulation and decision-making processes. Our team has extensive experience with public consultation and draws inspiration from the perspective of others in drafting training courses and workshops.

Climate change affects all our lives.

The planning community is made up of multiple professions whose roles intersect and often overlap in their efforts to guide Manitoba’s future. Registered professional planners, watershed planners, and landscape architects work alongside wetland restoration specialists, arborists and municipal departments to plan and design healthy communities that are resilient to climatic shifts and are able to maintain civic services.

The city of Selkirk invited the Prairie Climate Centre to participate in the development of their ‘Climate Change Adaptation Strategy’. The resulting document sets out a long-term plan for how the community can be best prepared for future climate scenarios. 

Selkirk: A Model Adaptation Strategy

Our Mission & Approach

With the support of professional registration bodies, the materials being developed will address the unique challenges faced by practitioners in Manitoba and will count towards continued education credits where applicable. Incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge and the alignment of best practices with watershed mandates and national guidelines will promote a holistic approach that is broadly applicable to the Prairies region.
The planning community is made up of multiple professions whose roles intersect and often overlap in their efforts to guide Manitoba’s future. Registered professional planners, watershed planners, and landscape architects work alongside wetland restoration specialists, arborists and municipal departments to plan and design healthy communities that are resilient to climatic shifts and are able to maintain civic services. 

What Our Partners and Stakeholders Have to Say

“There is a need to create tools that are accessible, that a busy practitioner who is juggling all of the demands of their practice can readily reference in conversation with their client about how climate change affects what’s being done today. That’s the real need. Are there things that we need to be mindful of, and are we prepared to address them? The understanding of what are the consequences and how to communicate the costs of not responding are vital to the profession. If all that can be addressed, I think that’s going to foster all kinds of innovation in how we adapt. MALA member

Our Partners

Natural Resources Canada 

Manitoba Government 

  • Climate and Green Plan Implementation Office, Conservation and Climate – Project Manager 
  • Agriculture and Resource Development
  • Economic Development and Training
  • Indigenous and Northern Relations
  • Infrastructure
  • Municipal Relations

ICLEI Canada

  • Project Coordinator
  • 14 staff
  • 3 offices located in Toronto / Victoria / Montreal
  • 1990 established

Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba

  • Infrastructure Sector
  • 27 staff and nearly 8,700 members
  • Located in Winnipeg, MB.
  • Established in 1920

Dillon

  • Northern Business Sector
  • 700 + staff
  • Located in 20 cities/towns across Canada Winnipeg, MB.
  • Established in 1946

Prairie Climate Centre

  • Indigenous Sector / Planning Sector
  • 12 staff
  • Located in Winnipeg, MB.
  • Established in 2015