New ORCCA program provides staff capacity to support Great Lakes and Ontario adaptation efforts
November 1, 2023
Climate change is affecting communities throughout Ontario. In the Great Lakes Basin, some climate change impacts such as bigger storms, changing water levels, and less ice cover are already being experienced and are expected to become more severe in the years to come. This can pose risks to public safety, threaten essential infrastructure, and increase damage to property. Ontarians need to prepare for climate change impacts to prevent or minimize these risks; however, many communities lack the capacity or expertise to do so.
The Ontario Resource Centre for Climate Adaptation (ORCCA) launched a new Staff Capacity Program to support adaptation efforts by providing capacity and expertise. Through the Program, participants will receive direct support from ORCCA staff over a one-year period.
“Most communities and organizations know they need to adapt and prepare for climate change”, explains Ewa Jackson, ORCCA’s Director. “Often they simply lack the capacity to take action which is where this new Staff Capacity Program can help.”
Eligible organizations whose projects serve Ontario communities can apply for 120, 200, 400, or 560 hours of ORCCA staff time over a 12-month period to support a climate change adaptation initiative in their community. Applications must be submitted by Friday, December 1, 2023 — applicants are encouraged to reach out to the ORCCA team to discuss their project application before applying.
For more information on the Staff Capacity Program and how to apply, download the Program brochure.
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