HalifACT2050

HalifACT 2050: Acting on Climate Together is a long-term climate change plan to reduce emissions and help our communities adapt. The plan will guide efforts to reduce emissions by conserving energy and converting to clean energy sources. The plan will also help communities adapt by raising awareness and helping people prepare.

The Halifax Regional Municipality will continue to help people address climate change with our award-winning Solar City Program. We will continue to plan development and support our builders with a changing climate in mind. However, there is more work to do – HalifACT 2050 is about what we do together to address climate change over the next 30 years.

The HalifACT 2050 team will be hosting a number of pop-ups over the summer. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions about our progress in the development of a long-term climate action plan, and we invite you to place a pin on our hazards map and take our climate action survey. If you're not able to join us in person, you can participate online.

By working together, we can shape the future of Halifax for generations to come.

SAVE money: reduce your energy consumption

CUT emissions: consider transportation alternatives

PREVENT loss: be prepared for climate-related emergencies

STRENGTHEN communities: become more informed and involved

HalifACT 2050: Cast Your Vote on Adaptation
Tell us which adaptation priorities are most important to you when it comes to climate change. How do you think the municipality should weigh different social, economic and environment concerns as we respond to climate change?

By casting your vote for preferred options, you will help inform the adaptation priorities and strategies in our climate action plan. This is not a traditional survey - new options will continue to appear each time you vote. You can leave the page at any time and your response will be saved.

Adaptation refers to measures to prepare ourselves and our communities for changes in our climate by taking steps that will help us cope with the likely impacts.

Cast Your Vote


HalifACT 2050: Acting on Climate Together is a long-term climate change plan to reduce emissions and help our communities adapt. The plan will guide efforts to reduce emissions by conserving energy and converting to clean energy sources. The plan will also help communities adapt by raising awareness and helping people prepare.

The Halifax Regional Municipality will continue to help people address climate change with our award-winning Solar City Program. We will continue to plan development and support our builders with a changing climate in mind. However, there is more work to do – HalifACT 2050 is about what we do together to address climate change over the next 30 years.

The HalifACT 2050 team will be hosting a number of pop-ups over the summer. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions about our progress in the development of a long-term climate action plan, and we invite you to place a pin on our hazards map and take our climate action survey. If you're not able to join us in person, you can participate online.

By working together, we can shape the future of Halifax for generations to come.

SAVE money: reduce your energy consumption

CUT emissions: consider transportation alternatives

PREVENT loss: be prepared for climate-related emergencies

STRENGTHEN communities: become more informed and involved

HalifACT 2050: Cast Your Vote on Adaptation
Tell us which adaptation priorities are most important to you when it comes to climate change. How do you think the municipality should weigh different social, economic and environment concerns as we respond to climate change?

By casting your vote for preferred options, you will help inform the adaptation priorities and strategies in our climate action plan. This is not a traditional survey - new options will continue to appear each time you vote. You can leave the page at any time and your response will be saved.

Adaptation refers to measures to prepare ourselves and our communities for changes in our climate by taking steps that will help us cope with the likely impacts.

Cast Your Vote


Adaptation Survey: Map Hazards in your Community

5 months

Climate change is changing our landscape and we want to know from you - have you experienced a hazard in your region related to climate change? 

These could be floods, forest fires, wind, coastal erosion, sea level rise, invasive species, storm surge, drought, or something else. Please place a pin on our map to indicate where the hazard is so we can better understand the challenges of our community. You can upload a photo to accompany your pin, and can also provide more information if desired.

How do I know if I've experienced a hazard related to climate change?

Climate change is changing our landscape and we want to know from you - have you experienced a hazard in your region related to climate change? 

These could be floods, forest fires, wind, coastal erosion, sea level rise, invasive species, storm surge, drought, or something else. Please place a pin on our map to indicate where the hazard is so we can better understand the challenges of our community. You can upload a photo to accompany your pin, and can also provide more information if desired.

How do I know if I've experienced a hazard related to climate change?

Flood - Includes inland or coastal areas (especially near waterways/water bodies) that become temporarily flooded after heavy rains or snowfalls, during high tides, or during the spring melt. This can even include streets that frequently experience flooding due to stormwater accumulation or lack of adequate drainage. Climate change is expected to alter precipitation patterns, leading to heavier rainfalls over a short period of time. Natural or historic floodplains could be susceptible to flooding where surface run-off naturally accumulates around waterways and water bodies.

Forest fire - Includes wooded areas where there is a lot of understorey brush, blown down trees or thick over-mature forest that could serve as fuel during severe forest fire conditions. Climate Change is expected to alter precipitation patterns throughout the year and increase temperature extremes, which during dry periods could influence the risk of forest fires in certain wooded areas.

Wind - Includes built-up or natural areas that are exposed to high and potentially damaging winds during storms, such as the southern side of Point Pleasant Park, Peggy’s Cove, or exposed buildings at higher elevations. Climate change is expected to impact the intensity of weather events such as  hurricanes over time, which could result in higher wind extremes and higher risk of wind damage in exposed areas.

Drought - Includes areas that experience very dry conditions during long periods without significant rainfall, or following winters when there hasn’t been a lot of snow. Indicators of drought could be dry or low wells, water-stressed vegetation, receding shorelines on lakes or waterways, and prolonged, frequent dry conditions. Climate change is expected to change precipitation and temperature extremes, potentially leading to longer dry periods and other periods of  more frequent, intense precipitation.

Coastal erosion - Includes coastal areas, as well as inland waterways, where wave action and/or extreme water levels are causing the shoreline earth and vegetation to be lost, gradually moving the shoreline inland over time. Erosion may result from a single extreme event or could be continuous. Sea-level rise will increase rates of coastal erosion in areas that are already vulnerable to it.

Invasive species - Includes built-up or natural areas where non-native or alien species, which may or may not be harmful to public health, have become established. Examples of invasive species harmful to public health are Giant Hogweed, Wild Parsnip, and even Lyme Disease, which is believed to have spread to this region from elsewhere. Other notable invasive species include Fire Ants, Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetles, Japanese Knotweed and Yellow Floating Heart. Climate change is expected to create more favourable climates/conditions for invasive species, including those whose range is expanding northward over time.

Storm surge - Includes coastal areas that are exposed to extreme water levels and onshore winds during storm events or passing low pressure systems. Storm surges can impact natural or built-up coastal areas, including coastal roads (e.g., Queensland Provincial Beach access road). Changes in the intensity of storm events that are expected as a result of climate change, plus the rapid sea-level rise resulting from it, will increase the frequency of potentially damaging storm surges in coastal areas.