Climate risk and resilience assessments for infrastructure

19 climate risk and resilience assessments

On track

On track

This program is on track according to the annual target of five assessments per year. Cross-corporate and civic partners participation has been higher and faster than anticipated.

The City of Calgary uses climate risk and resilience assessments to improve the climate resilience of Calgary’s public infrastructure - including public buildings and spaces, transportation networks, and City utilities. The CRRA process is part of the Climate Risk Assessment Framework.

Public infrastructure is built to last for decades, sometimes even centuries, and the climate will change over its lifecycle.  It is therefore critical to design and build it to withstand the future climate. CRRAs assess new and existing public infrastructure on their vulnerability to climate change and recommend improvements that reduce the negative impacts of climate change.  This means ensuring public buildings are better able to manage extreme heat and resist hail damage; building roads that can cope with more freeze thaw cycles; and installing stormwater infrastructure that can handle more intense rainfall.

Through CRRAs, The City identifies how climate change will impact our infrastructure and changes the way we build, manage, and retrofit public infrastructure to reduce the identified risks. These assessments help The City protect Calgary’s infrastructure and ensure it continues to serve Calgarians for many years into the future. 

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Across Canada and around the world, there is a significant need to better understand the components of climate resilient infrastructure and design to prepare our infrastructure and buildings for future climate conditions.

Through using the CRRA process on City infrastructure, facilities, and buildings, we are:

  • Identifying, evaluating, and developing adaptation measures to reduce climate risk.
  • Using current assessments for case study development and information collection to develop climate resilient guidelines, best practices, and standards to inform future City projects and infrastructure, and support industry. 
  • Working closely with planners, engineers, architects, building experts, infrastructure operators, and climate scientists through this process. 

The current phase of capacity building, improving understanding, and supporting further research will help contribute to the production of climate resilient standards to ensure our infrastructure and facilities are prepared for future climate conditions.


City of Calgary assesses the climate resilience of its major infrastructure projects - like Glenmore Dam.
City of Calgary assesses the climate resilience of its major infrastructure projects.

Plans and strategies

Fulfilling the 2023-2026 Climate Implementation Plan

Focus Area: Buildings

Supporting Calgary’s Climate Strategy

Theme: Built Infrastructure