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Useful Links

Do you want to improve your knowledge of climate change issues? Here are a number of links to help you learn more.

Action plans

  • 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan (PDF). This action plan sets out a range of tools that will help Québec meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to climate change impacts.

    • The Carbon Market. The website of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques provides general information on Québec’s cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances (the C&T system). There is a section with more technical information for businesses that are subject to the Regulation respecting a cap and trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances, as well as for participants who wish to take part in carbon market activities.
  • 2013-2020 Government Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation (PDF). This strategy sets out the overall plan for government action on adaptation that will enable Québec to minimize the direct and indirect impacts of climate change, as well as its effects on public health and safety, on the economy and on the natural and built environments.

Climate change adaptation

  • Vers l’adaptation aux changements climatiques. This site was developed by Ouranos to offer stakeholders easy access to the main resources on climate change adaptation produced by Ouranos, its partners and other organizations. The “Learning to Adapt” tab contains a section that describes the impact of climate change in Québec.

  • Évaluation des impacts des changements climatiques et de leurs coûts pour le Québec et l’État québécois (PDF) (in French). The Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques mandated the consortium Ouranos to identify and quantify the impact of climate change on health and infrastructures. The report also assesses the cost of climate change for the state and society as a whole.

  • Effects of climate change on Québec biodiversity (PDF) (CC-Bio project). Climate change could affect the management of ecosystems and biodiversity throughout Québec. How do different species respond to climate change? What can we expect in the future? Coordinated by Ouranos, the CC-Bio project offers answers to some very important questions about ecosystems and biodiversity in Québec.

Agriculture

  • Québec agroclimate atlas. This atlas contains about 300 automatically updated maps that show the impact of the current and future climate on agricultural systems. This information facilitates decision making, particularly with regard to the choice of crops and cultivars.

Sustainable planning

  • Vivre en ville. This organization offers a series of publications based on various research projects. Its objective is to inform decision makers and professionals on different approaches to developing sustainable communities across Québec. Its publications include guides on sustainable neighbourhoods, developing public transit and increasing urban green spaces.

  • Website of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire (in French). This government department has produced a number of guides and documents about various aspects of urban and land-use planning, including climate change and sustainable planning. While these documents are mainly designed for stakeholders at the municipal level, individuals can also use them to learn more about sustainable planning.

Effects of heat

  • Qu’est-ce qu’un îlot de chaleur urbain? on the “Mon climat ma santé” website (in French). This site provides a wealth of information for experts and non-experts alike on the impact of heat islands on health, as well as ways to adapt.

  • Îlots de chaleur urbains – Le phénomène et ses impacts on the “Collectivités viables” website (in French). This site suggests ways to combat heat islands through planning, as well as a ton of solutions that communities can use to deal with various other issues.

  • Vagues de chaleur et santé humaine on the “Mon climat ma santé” website (in French). This section on heat waves sets out different adaptation strategies that may be of interest to health professionals or to anyone concerned about the impact of extreme heat on their health and the health of those around them.

Electrification of transportation

  • Propelling Québec forward with electricity (website of the Ministère des Transports). Québec is one of the world’s leading producers of hydroelectricity—a clean, renewable form of energy. Using this electricity to power transportation will improve both our environment and our prosperity.

  • Electric Circuit. The Electric Circuit is Canada’s first network of public charging stations for electric vehicles. The charging stations offer 240-volt and 400-volt charging, powered by Hydro-Québec’s clean, renewable energy, and can be found in many parking lots belonging to Electric Circuit’s numerous partners.

Shoreline erosion

  • Incidence des changements climatiques sur l’érosion des berges, website of the Ministère de la Sécurité publique (in French). The phenomenon of shoreline erosion has increased over the last few decades and is liable to increase further as a result of climate change. This webpage explains how changes associated with rising temperatures may accelerate shoreline erosion in the St. Lawrence estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

  • Chaire de recherche en géoscience côtière (in French). The research chair in coastal geosciences was created to investigate shoreline evolution in the St. Lawrence estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This information is important for the government and for the various actors working toward sustainable development in coastal areas.

Water management

  • Water management program, Ouranos. The general objective of this program is to support climate change adaptation with respect to integrated water resource management in the drainage basins of southern Québec and the St. Lawrence River.

Climate-related diseases

  • Lyme Disease (on the “Portail santé mieux-être”). Lyme disease is caused by bacteria transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. The disease is on the rise in Québec. Visit this webpage to learn how to protect yourself against Lyme disease and what to do if you get bitten.

  • West Nile Virus (on the “Portail santé mieux-être”). What is the West Nile virus? How is it transmitted? What are its symptoms, and how is it treated? This webpage answers all your questions about this virus, which first appeared in Québec in the early 2000s.

Residual materials

  • Québec Policy on Residual Materials (MDDELCC website). This policy provides for the implementation of measures to put an end to resource waste. The measures help achieve the goals of the Climate Change Action Plan and of the Québec Energy Strategy while making all stakeholders involved responsible for residual materials management.

Protection of ecosystems

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity program, Ouranos. This research program aims to improve knowledge about the impact of climate change on ecosystems and biodiversity, the role of wetlands in climate change adaptation and the spread of invasive and harmful species, as well as approaches to conservation and climate change adaptation.

Air quality

  • Info-Smog (MDDELCC website). The Info-Smog program offers air quality forecasts and also issues smog warnings to inform and advise the public when air quality levels may be harmful to health or the environment.

  • Effect of climate change and air contaminants on ragweed (MSSS website) (in French). Climate change can affect human health by increasing the frequency and severity of allergic episodes. Learn how to recognize and limit your exposure to ragweed to improve your quality of life.

Carbon market

  • The Carbon Market (MDDELCC website). The website of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques provides general information on Québec’s cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances (the C&T system). There is a section with more technical information for businesses that are subject to the Regulation respecting a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances, as well as for participants who wish to take part in carbon market activities.

Public safety

  • Système Vigilance (in French). This webpage from the Ministère de la Sécurité publique provides flood monitoring for various bodies of water, in collaboration with municipal authorities and observers on the ground.

  • Politique québécoise de sécurité civile 2014-2024: Vers une société québécoise plus résiliente aux catastrophes on the Ministère de la Sécurité publique website (in French). We remember the serious damage caused by the Montérégie floods in spring 2011 and by the successive episodes of coastal flooding in eastern Québec in December 2010. How could we forget the consequences of the ice storm of January 1998 in south-western Québec or those of the torrential rain of July 1996 in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean? Climate change is one of the factors that heighten risk and increase the chances of disasters occurring. We must take action to increase Québec’s resilience in the face of disasters like these.