About us

The CCACoP is facilitated and maintained by the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR). OCCIAR is a not-for-profit, university-based resource hub for researchers and stakeholders who are searching for information on climate change impacts and adaptation. The centre, which is located at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, focuses on communicating the latest climate change research, liaising with various partners from across Canada to encourage adaptation, and aiding in the development and application of tools to assist with municipal and sector-based adaptation.

OCCIAR’s mandate is to:

  1. Effectively communicate the science of climate change including its current and future impacts;
  2. Encourage the development and implementation of adaptation strategies in order to reduce climate vulnerability and increase resiliency;
  3. Create and foster partnerships with stakeholder groups;
  4. Support the work of Ontario's Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation; and
  5. Be a hub for climate change impacts and adaptation activities, events and resources.

Background of the CCACoP

The CCACoP grew out of a 2008 summit on climate change adaptation that was attended by provincial, territorial and federal government representatives, as well as members of the Canadian scientific, academic, and engineering communities. The summit recommended the creation of a community of practice where researchers and practitioners could generate ideas and share knowledge on climate change adaptation. OCCIAR was chosen to develop and oversee the CCACoP and entered into a two year contract with the Council of the Federation who provided the initial seed and operational funding for the CCACoP from 2010 to 2012.