What We Do

We exist to bring clarity to the climate choices ahead for Canada.

Climate change is one of the most complex challenges of our time. 

It is already affecting the natural environment, the economy, and the health and quality of life of many Canadians. Science indicates the effects of climate change will intensify as the years go by. Meanwhile, policy responses to that threat both internationally and here at home will create shifts in markets. Both will create more risk and unpredictability—as well as new opportunities—for Canada.

Across the country, governments are making choices today about how to navigate the uncertainty climate change brings—and those choices will shape our future.

The Institute aims to establish a strong foundation for decision-making by:

  • Producing rigorous research, original analysis and evidence-based insight on the most profound climate policy challenges Canada faces.
  • Engaging extensively with experts, business leaders, policy makers, thought leaders, Indigenous rights holders and civil society to host constructive discussions about the choices and tradeoffs ahead.
  • Convening a national network of experts from various disciplines to share advice and recommendations on developing integrated and effective policy solutions.
  • Sharing case studies and scalable climate solutions from leading Canadian cities, regions, industry leaders, communities, and Indigenous peoples.

Drawing on knowledge, experience and expertise from across the country, the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices aims to accelerate climate progress and equip Canadian decision makers to chart a course toward a clean, resilient and prosperous future.

Our Approach

While reducing greenhouse gas emissions and managing climate-related risks are essential, decision makers can’t afford to look at those goals in isolation. Nor can we pursue climate goals without considering their effects on economic growth and the well-being of Canadians.

It’s time for a more integrated approach to developing climate policy: one that addresses the causes and effects of climate change while also keeping life affordable, creating jobs, helping Canadian businesses remain competitive, reducing health risks, and making Canada’s communities, infrastructure and economy more resilient to the changes ahead.

Why Integration Matters

Integrated policy thinking is the foundation of the Institute’s approach. We have three policy research programs: Clean Growth (how policy can drive growth that is consistent with Canada’s climate objectives), Adaptation (how policy can help manage or reduce the risks and impacts of climate change), and Mitigation (how policy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining growth). Each program is supported by an expert panel and Institute staff who have a specific mandate to draw on insight and input from experts and research in the other disciplines.

Our Integrated Research Programs

How Engagement Supports Integrated Research

The Institute’s commitment to engagement ensures our research is informed by a diverse range of perspectives, experiences and ways of knowing. There are three external engagement touch points during a typical project life cycle, as illustrated below.

Our engagement approach is tailored on a project-by-project basis, but often includes the following steps: We engage at the outset of a project, to inform scoping and design of research focus and methods; mid-way through the project, to share and seek feedback on early results and research methods; and at the launch of a project, to ensure the research reaches and informs political and civil society leaders, policy makers, fellow researchers, and other stakeholders involved in shaping Canada’s response to climate change. We also have formal expert input and peer review cycles to ensure the work is methodologically sound and reflects considerations that bridge the disciplines of clean growth, adaptation and mitigation.

The Way Forward

As Canada works to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, there is no easy path to achieving the transformative results necessary in the decades ahead. But Canadians are resourceful, practical and innovative, and we are already making progress.

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices is committed to supporting that progress through rigorous research, evidence-based policy advice, and ongoing engagement with decision makers and policy influencers across the country and across the political spectrum.