The issue is both related and not related to climate change. It is not related in the fact that it was not created to address specifically climate-related issues, but rather all types of disaster risk. However, given that climate change exacerbates a number of the hazards in the region, in particular the landslide risk that spurred the development of the program, and that climate information is readily utilized to provide an updated hazard map, it is also extremely relevant to the topic of climate adaptation. While the program seeks to include up-to-date climate projections, it is, at its core, a cost-benefit analysis system. The program bases its determination of what constitutes As Low as Reasonably Possible Risk on an economic model that makes a distinction between new housing a retrofit housing, with the former accorded more stringent requirements than the latter.
In response to a fatal landslide in 2005, the District of North Vancouver has embarked on an aggressive and widespread risk identification and reduction program. This program is not focused on one specific risk but attempts to determine what hazards are present in the District and to take measures to reduce risk to a standard of As Low as Reasonably Possible (ALRP). This program is primarily based on an economic cost-benefit model that distinguishes between new home construction and existing homes. This program has lead to significant changes in risk awareness and readiness and has been hailed internationally as a model of good governance.