In 2018, the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) released a policy on climate change planning with the goal of creating a future where communities are planned, designed, developed, and managed to contribute to climate stability and to be more resilient in the face of unavoidable changes in the climate. In 2019, they undertook a benchmarking survey of planners across Canada that covered broad themes around climate change awareness, the availability of climate information and tools and the barriers to incorporating climate change into planning work. Survey results showed that only about 15% of planners feel they have access to the necessary tools and information to incorporate climate change into their work even though a variety of information sources and tools exist. The survey concluded that training on using climate change tools and datasets would help increase the professions’ understanding and confidence. To address these gaps, this project aimed to improve coordination among funders, developers, and organizations focused on adaptation and/or planning for training content in Ontario and the prairies. Furthermore, an easy-to-use tool was needed to support professional planners’ entry into, navigation of, and progression through available resources and training offerings.
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