Climate change can impact us suddenly, like it did in the summer of 2021.
An extreme heat event caused temperatures upward of 45°C in parts of the province. More than 600 people died as a result.
The heat event led into a wildfire season so severe that we were in a state of emergency for two months. Then, in the fall of 2021, an extreme rainfall event led to floods and landslides that cut southwestern B.C. off from the rest of Canada.
These events took lives and destroyed homes, roads and communities.
Climate change can impact us in other, less noticeable ways too. Our summers are getting drier and hotter. Our winters are getting warmer and wetter. These changes can be gradual enough that we don’t notice right away. But they can have big and long-lasting effects.
Adapting to a changing climate
Climate actions working for you
Strong laws and sharing measurable outcomes of our work are key to protecting our environment. By putting our plans and actions into law, we are making a commitment to British Columbians.
Emergency Program Act
The Emergency Program Act explains government’s responsibilities during emergencies. It is currently being modernized.
Emergency Program Management Regulation
The regulation explains what provincial ministers and government corporations like BC Hydro must do to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Compensation and Disaster Financial Assistance Regulation
The regulation lays out how people can be compensated for property that gets damaged or lost during a disaster.
Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation
The regulation lays out emergency management roles and responsibilities. It also explains what municipalities must do to plan for emergencies and keep their communities safe.
Everyone in B.C. has a role to play in reducing the risk of wildfires. The Wildfire Act explains government’s duties. It sets the rules for using fire and managing wildfires in B.C.
The Wildfire Regulation explains how we put our wildfire-related laws into place.