Housing and climate change are connected. Like unaffordability, climate change is an additional threat to housing security in Canada, displacing millions of people from their homes every year. People who are displaced due to climate disasters, or who are unhoused, feel the effects of climate events and extreme weather more intensely than people who have secure housing. Ensuring adequate, affordable housing for everyone is key to protecting communities from the effects of climate change.
Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, accounting for 23 per cent of total emissions. As such, it’s a clear area of focus when it comes to exploring lower-carbon climate solutions. What will it take to create low-carbon transit that’s affordable, reliable and builds resilience in communities across Canada?
Food insecurity is the lack of access to a sufficient quality or quantity of safe, nutritious food due to financial limitations (or, in cases of food deserts, limited physical access). In Canada, it’s a major problem that affects millions of people: before the COVID pandemic, approximately 4.5 million people were food insecure, or about 1 in 8. In just the first two months of the pandemic that number grew by 39%.