This guide presents a compendium of practical actions that Canadians can undertake to reduce risks in relation to extreme heat that fall into three categories:
- changing behaviour (non-structural)
- working with nature (green infrastructure)
- improving buildings and public infrastructure (grey infrastructure)
Urban areas are the hot spots of global warming. Extreme heat, alongside flooding and wildfire, is a key risk to the health and well-being of Canadians. The situation is growing more dangerous, driven by irreversible climate change—Canada is warming, on average, at twice the global rate. Individuals, property owners and managers, and communities all have a role to play, by acting on their own and encouraging others to act; this will build resilience to extreme heat at the local and community scale.