What we’ve heard so far

Thanks to everyone who has provided input into the Climate Resiliency Strategy. We have received over 350 responses to the Ottawa resident survey so far. A summary of theses responses can be found in the Interim What We Heard Report. The key findings are also summarized below.

Key findings from Ottawa residents

  • 93% of respondents are very concerned or concerned about climate change.
  • The top three concerns about climate change are:
    • the increase in the number of heat waves and the number of hot days over 30 degrees Celsius (78%)
    • changes in the natural environment (73%)
    • and increased risk of flooding (71%)
  • The most common impacts experienced by respondents are heatwaves (77%), changes in the natural environment (51%) and high winds/tornadoes (49%).
  • When asked to describe how they’ve been affected respondents told stories of their property, health or lifestyles being impacted by extreme weather events (heatwaves, drought, flooding, tornadoes, ice storms), Lyme disease and increased in winter temperatures.
  • Just over half (56%) of respondents say they are very prepared or somewhat prepared for the impacts of climate change. 30% say they are not prepared.
  • Taking steps to keep safe in the sun and keep homes cool were the most common actions that respondents are already taking followed by protecting against ticks and mosquitoes. Developing an emergency preparedness plan, checking in on neighbours during extreme events and protecting against ticks and mosquitoes were the most common actions that respondents are planning to do.

The survey for residents is still open so if you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts. We will be updating the Interim What We Heard Report in the fall.

We also want to hear from local business owners, organizations and institutions. Has climate change impacted your operations? How are you preparing. Take the survey to tell us about your experiences.

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