Welcome to the Vulnerability Committee
Welcome to the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee website. It is maintained on an ongoing basis by Engineers Canada in its capacity as the Secretariat.
The Vulnerability Committee was created in August 2005 to conduct an engineering assessment of the vulnerability of Canada's public infrastructure to the impacts of climate change. Between August 2005 and June 2012 the committee's activities were co-funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Engineers Canada.
The Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee facilitates initiatives that provide clear guidance to Canada's professional engineers and geoscientists to support the design, construction, maintenance and regulation of safe, reliable and financially sustainable public infrastructure in Canada to address the risks of a changing climate.
The Vulnerability Committee leads an on-going national initiative to determine and mitigate the engineering vulnerability of Canadian public infrastructure to the impacts and risks of current and future climate. It facilitates the development of practices, guidelines and tools to aid Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in their day-to-day practice of designing, constructing, operating and maintaining public infrastructure.
The Committee serves as an advisory body to Engineers Canada in recommending changes, additions and amendments to government policies, processes, regulations, codes, standards and related instruments necessary to address Canada's infrastructure vulnerability to current and future climate.
It assists in the mainstreaming of climate risk assessment into existing and new infrastructure decision-making that improves its resilience to the impacts of current and future climate.
Its prime goal is to ensure that professional engineers and geoscientists as well as infrastructure owners and managers always consider climate change as an integral part of planning, designing, constructing, operating, maintaining and rehabilitating civil infrastructure.
The specific objectives of the Vulnerability Committee are:
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