Climate Lens Assessments

Assessing climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience for infrastructure projects in Canada.

What is the climate lens?

The Climate Lens is a guidance document developed by Infrastructure Canada in June 2018 that helps decision-makers understand the climate change risks associated with the funding, design, construction and operation of large infrastructure projects in Canada.

The Climate Lens guides large infrastructure projects towards designs that minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are resilient to climate change. The Climate Lens is now a mandatory requirement for projects associated with several of Infrastructure Canada’s programs, including the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) and Smart Cities Challenge.


What are the climate lens requirements?

The Climate Lens includes two assessments. The type of assessment required is based on the type of Infrastructure Canada program being pursued, its funding stream, and the project’s estimated cost. Applications may require either one or both assessments.


GHG Mitigation Assessment

The GHG Mitigation Assessment estimates a project’s GHG emissions and reductions relative to a business-as-usual scenario. The assessment requires adherence to the ISO 14064-2 standard for project-based GHG accounting. Supplemental guidance is provided by the GHG Protocol for Project Accounting. The assessment must be prepared or validated by a qualified Professional Engineer or a GHG accounting professional accredited by ISO 14064-3 or ISO 14065.


Climate Change Resilience Assessment

The Climate Change Resilience Assessment is used to identify, assess, mitigate and manage potential risks associated with climate change during a project’s design and operation. The assessment can range from preliminary to comprehensive depending on the magnitude of the risks identified. The assessment aligns with the ISO 31000:2018, Risk management – Guidelines standard. It must be conducted by a qualified professional engineer, registered planner, biologist or hydrologist with expertise in resilience assessments, or an expert with Canadian Risk Management designation, ISO 31000 certificate or equivalent.

Our experienced climate specialists support our clients with sustainability-related services for infrastructure projects in the following areas:

  • Climate Change Risk & Vulnerability Assessment
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Supply Chain Management and Life-cycle Assessment
  • GRESB Infrastructure
  • GHG Accounting & Mitigation Planning
  • Climate Change Resilience & Adaptation
  • PIEVC Protocol Assessment
  • GRI Reporting
  • Economic Impact Analysis
  • Resource Efficiency & Management
  • Envision Certification
  • CDP

Download our Climate Lens Assessment brochure


Elise Paré
Senior Project Manager
Elliott Cappell
Director, Climate Change and Resilience, Environment

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