Report Update

CCA Launches New Project on Climate Change Risks

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) is pleased to announce that it has been asked by the Treasury Board Secretariat to examine the top climate change risks facing both Canada and the federal government, and their relative significance. This assessment will also consider which of these risks have the most potential to be minimized by adaptation measures.

Climate change is a complex, cross-cutting issue that poses risks to environmental, social, and economic systems. Given the scale of the climate change challenge― in terms of cost, consequences, and the pervasiveness of its impact ― an effective response, and the efficient use of public resources, require identifying and addressing the most significant risks.


“Climate change is one of the most important issues facing Canada, and the world, today. We look forward to delivering a report to the Treasury Board Secretariat that will contribute to decision-making in this area.”

– Eric M. Meslin, PhD, FCAHS, President and CEO of the CCA

Additional Information

  • Under the guidance of its Scientific Advisory Committee and Board of Directors, the CCA will appoint an Expert Panel to lead the assessment process, which will include convening a multidisciplinary and multisectoral group of experts to take part in a workshop.
  • The final summary report will be released in 2019.
  • More information about this project and the complete charge, can be found here.


Samantha Rae Ayoub
Communications and Publishing Director
Council of Canadian Academies
613.567.5000 x 256