The Health Costs of Climate Change: How Canada Can Adapt, Prepare, and Save Lives
Canadian Climate Institute
In June 2021, the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices published “The Health Costs of Climate Change: How Canada Can Adapt, Prepare, and Save Lives.” This report—the second in the Costs of Climate Change series—identifies and quantifies known health-related costs of climate change. It finds that the impacts of climate change on health could cost Canada’s healthcare system billions of dollars and reduce economic activity by tens of billions of dollars over the coming decades. Per the report, covernments can save lives and minimize costs by investing proactively in measures that improve people’s health and security—particularly if they focus on addressing the root causes that put some people at greater risk.
Canada’s emerging national adaptation strategy should map all key adaptation policy levers across government departments and orders of government against top climate health impact areas.
Central agencies in federal, provincial, and territorial governments should explicitly incorporate health resilience into climate lenses to inform cost-benefit analyses and policy decisions.