Understanding and Assessing Impacts
MEC examines the impacts of climate change from a business perspective. Using climate change information and data released by the Government of Canada, MEC has learned that probable impacts are warmer temperatures, more frequent heat events, less frequent cold events, more frequent and intense hot days/nights, less frequent and less intense cold days/nights, more frequent downpours, fewer days with snow cover, and more wildfires. These impacts, as well as seasonal variations, may affect how consumers buy products. Climate change will also result in more extreme weather, which could impact retail stock and source materials. For example, as stock moves from MEC’s Canadian distribution centre to its stores, it is vulnerable to road closures as a result of flooding, landslides and snowstorms. Stock at the distribution centre or on store floors is vulnerable to flooding. Extreme weather also affects resource availability and even commodity prices.