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New Collaboration between the Canadian Centre for Climate Services and PCIC Announced

A new collaboration between the Canadian Centre for Climate Services and PCIC has attracted media attention, following its announcement on February 12th by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna. The collaboration will be centered around a federal investment of $1.25 million dollars over five years, which PCIC will use to train regional stakeholders in the use of the climate data that it offers. This will allow them to better understand the kinds of data that PCIC provides, how to access and work with it, and the types of information that can be obtained from the data. To accomplish this, PCIC has established a User Engagement and Training Specialist position, which will allow for the development and delivery of a training curriculum for a broad range of climate information users. The agreement also supports the further development of portal tools and provides resources for the coordination of climate service delivery regionally and nationally. This collaboration has been reported on in a news release by Environment and Climate Change Canada, and by both the Times Colonist and the University of Victoria.

In its news release, Environment and Climate Change Canada drew attention to the $1.9 billion in property damages that extreme weather events caused in Canada last year. Increasing the capacity of PCIC’s users to use climate data will allow for greater ability to plan for and adapt to the changing climate.

The Times Colonist article is available, here
The UVic News article is available, here.
The Environment and Climate Change Canada news release can be read, here and en Français.