Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer: A Toolkit to Build Adaptive Capacity on Canada's South Coasts

Commissioned by the B.C. Ministry of Environment, this Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer is a resource for local governments and land management authorities which provides information on a range of tools that can be used as part of a sea level rise adaptation strategy.  The primer was developed to support climate change adaptation decision-making by agencies that regulate shoreline and floodplain development in British Columbia's coastal areas. Because of the unique cross-Canada partnership that was formed to direct the project, the primer will also be relevant in Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

A total of 21 adaptation tools are included in this Primer, organized into five categories - including four planning tools, four regulatory tools, five land use change or restriction tools, five structural tools (also known as flood protection works) and three non-structural tools (or soft armoring). The planning tools identified consist of local government growth management objectives and policies, mapping of potential coastal hazards, risk management and emergency planning. Regulatory tools include the regulation of subdivision, land use and buildings.

The analysis of the adaptive tools explored includes a description of each tool, its implementation and the enabling legislation, where applicable. Economic, environmental and social criteria are discussed, as are the potential barriers or challenges to implementation.

Also included in the Primer are a series of appendices consisting of acronyms; a glossary of terms; a spreadsheet profiling the adaptation tools; the approach to sea level rise in Îles-de-la-Madeleine, one of the most vulnerable areas of Quebec; legislative matrices in B.C. and Atlantic Canada; and a wide range of municipal policies and bylaws in Atlantic Canada.




Publication Date: April 7, 2013

Related Organizations:

  • British Columbia Ministry of the Environment


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Resource Types:

  • Scenario planning


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