While B.C. will have warmer temperatures in all regions, each region will face different climate impacts. For example, while winter rainfall is anticipated to increase throughout the province, some places such as southern Vancouver Island will likely experience considerably less rain in the summer, while others such as the north-east regions of the province will see more precipitation across all seasons.

Generally, climate change in B.C. is likely to include:

  • Warmer temperatures in all seasons
  • More intense and more frequent heavy-rain events
  • Changes in growing seasons for crops and gardens
  • Increased drought and water shortages
  • Larger and more frequent wildfires
  • Changes in streamflow patterns and lake levels
  • Stronger storm surges
  • Rising sea levels
  • Changing forest conditions
  • Changes in plant and animal distributions
  • Smaller snowpack and loss of glaciers
  • Lowering the pH of the ocean (Ocean Acidification)

To explore specific climate impacts for your region, visit ReTooling for Climate Change or check out the Plan2Adapt tool.

The Province recently completed a Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment that looked at 15 climate-related risk scenarios and their consequences for the province by 2050. Findings suggest that of those risks assessed, the greatest risks to B.C. are severe wildfire, seasonal water shortage, heat wave, ocean acidification, glacier mass loss and long-term water shortage events. Other risks with significant consequences include severe river flooding and severe coastal storm surge. All of these risks would result in significant and costly impacts for B.C.

The Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy builds on the Climate Risk Assessment by examining the actions needed to prepare for these risks.