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Support for Vulnerable Economic Stakeholders

Climate change affects all economic sectors in Québec. However, some are more vulnerable than others. These include forestry, agriculture, tourism, and mining because their operations depend directly on natural resources or weather conditions.

In a context where climate change and its cumulative effects are growing in number and intensity, it is important to analyze risks and monitor damage to the most vulnerable sectors. The stakeholders concerned must have the necessary knowledge to adapt appropriately. Help must also be provided for economic stakeholders and businesses in the most vulnerable industries, particularly following a disaster related to climate change.

In Québec, the Climate Change Action Plan supports a number of projects to assist the province’s most vulnerable economic stakeholders:

  • Vulnerabilities in the mining industry (in French). Institut de recherche en mines et en environnement (IRME) will analyze the risks and vulnerabilities of Québec’s mining industry with regard to climate change. The study will guide actions in the coming years to adapt mineral resource development to the effects of climate change.

  • Agroclimate atlas of Québec (in French). Hosted on the AgWeather Québec website, the atlas contains some 300 maps, updated automatically. They illustrate the impact of current and future climatic conditions on crops and agricultural systems and can be used to facilitate decision making, particularly with regard to selecting crops and cultivars. La Financière agricole, which operates Québec’s crop insurance and income stabilization programs, has modified its support documents based on new information made available through this project.

  • Tourism industry (PDF) (in French). Research conducted jointly by Ouranos and UQAM’s Transat Chair in Tourism has not only advanced our knowledge but also encouraged Québec’s regions to adopt a concrete approach to adapting to climate change. The study concluded that it was necessary to equip the tourism industry with the appropriate tools to integrate climate change adaptation into its practices.

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