OTTAWA – The federal government will be investing $59.6 million over five years to amplify and expedite research initiatives that will help ensure communities have the knowledge and guidance including the codes, standards, guidelines and tools needed to adapt infrastructure to the impacts of climate change.
The investment will build on the current work funded by Infrastructure Canada to support the NRC-led Climate Resilient Built Environment (CRBE) initiative and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC)-led Standards to Support Resilience in Infrastructure Program (SSRIP).
The CRBE initiative provides knowledge to adapt public infrastructure where necessary, informs potential changes to building and infrastructure codes and standards, and creates guides, tools and technical solutions to support resilience to climate change, states a release. The initiative will continue to support resilience across the construction sector, from design and decision-making to construction, operation, maintenance and retrofits.
The SSRIP initiative delivers standards and related guidance that address priority areas such as heat, flooding, nature-based solutions and transportation system resilience.
The program is working with communities and beneficiaries to ensure projects promote a consistent approach to climate change adaptation, increase resilience and support informed decision-making for infrastructure and buildings across Canada, adds the release.