Climate Change

Climate change is a long-term shift in weather conditions identified by changes in temperature, precipitation, winds, and other indicators. Climate change can involve both changes in average conditions and changes in variability, including, for example, extreme events.

As temperature continues to increase in the coming years, we may see more heat waves, floods, droughts, and rising sea levels at a global level. The impacts at a local level will vary and work is currently underway to continue to assess potential impacts – risks, challenges, and opportunities that may result from the changing climate.

Alberta’s Response to Climate Change

Alberta’s response to climate change has been an ongoing process from public and stakeholder engagement to policy development.

Climate Leadership Discussions

In August 2015, the Climate Leadership Discussion Document was created and shared with Albertans. The document outlined Alberta’s climate change challenges, and served as a foundation for public and stakeholder engagement on climate change policy.

In addition to the Discussion Document, a provincial Climate Change Advisory Panel was established to:

  • Facilitate the public and stakeholder engagement process
  • Consider public and stakeholder input
  • Review current provincial policies
  • Provide meaningful advice to the Alberta Government.

For more on the work of the Climate Change Advisory Panel and the Climate Leadership Discussions, visit the Government of Alberta Climate Change website at:

Climate Leadership Plan

Alberta’s Climate Change Advisory Panel provided its advice to government. Informed by this advice, government is now developing a plan to effectively combat climate change in the province.

Details of the final plan are being worked on, but the key areas of focus government is moving forward on include:

  • Phasing out emissions from coal-fired electricity and developing more renewable energy
  • Updating Alberta’s carbon pricing program
  • Reducing oil sands emissions

For more information about Alberta’s policy response to climate change, visit:

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Updated: Feb 8, 2018