Climate Change

 Projected Precipitation Change in South Coast Region
Projected Precipitation Change in BC’s South Coast Region

Climate change presents a challenge to Canadian communities by altering traditional climate patterns such as temperature and precipitation. For coastal communities such as Gibsons, sea level rise is also a major concern.

Climate modellers have developed regional climate models in order to provide locally specific data. Gibsons is located in what is described in Canadian models as the “B.C. South Coast” or “West Vancouver” region. Over the past several decades, temperatures and precipitation here have been slowly increasing and this trend is expected to continue.

The average annual temperature is expected to increase by approximately 1.6 C through the 2020s, 2.5 C in the 2050s and 3.9 C by the 2080s. This increase will be most marked in the winter, suggesting that heating costs and ice-related accidents may be reduced. However, this trend also suggests that less precipitation may be able to be stored as snow, resulting in increased winter runoff.

Cities Race to Zero

In October 2021, the Town of Gibsons pledged to participate in the Cities Race to Zero, which asks participants to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the 2040s or sooner, or by mid-century at the latest. To read more about our participation in the Cities Race to Zero, please click here.

Community Energy and Emissions Plan

In February 2013, a workshop facilitated by BC Hydro and the Community Energy Association was held with staff from the Town of Gibsons. The workshop group looked at the energy and emissions data for our community as a whole and then decided on an action plan for the community.

The resulting document, Sunshine-Coast-Community-Energy-and-Emissions-Plan (CEEP), evaluated the existing use and greenhouse gas emissions for the entire Town of Gibsons, with the goal of reducing energy consumption and emissions. The Plan outlines strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve efficiency, while increasing a local renewable energy supply. The plan includes a reduction target of 7% below the measured 2007 levels by 2030, which is the same target set by the Sunshine Coast Regional District. This target can be reached in a variety of different ways, including developing or promoting building efficiency.

In early 2014, the Town of Gibsons’ Council endorsed the CEEP to be included in the Official Community Plan Update.

In January 2018, the Town of Gibsons received Community Milestone 4 from the Community Energy Association after submitting its Community Energy and Emission Plan and a series of Climate Action Review reports to showcase its implementation of activities related to climate change.

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program

Local governments like the Town of Gibsons are key partners in helping to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and create complete, compact and energy-efficient communities. Accordingly, the Town has signed on to the BC Climate Action Charter a voluntary agreement between the B.C. government, Union of B.C. Municipalities and local governments to take action on climate change.

The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) is a conditional grant program that typically provides funding to local governments that have signed the B.C. Climate Action Charter. The funding is equal to 100 percent of the carbon taxes they pay directly to support local government operations. The program encourages investment in climate action.

Available Rebates for Homeowners

The Town of Gibsons encourages residents and business owners to do their part in reducing GHG emissions as well. To encourage upgrades to energy sources, a variety of rebates are available via BC Hydro.

  1. If your home is electrically heated, visit www.bchydro.com/homerebates
  2. To learn about the Product Incentive Program for BC Hydro commercial customers, visit www.bchydro.com/incentives
Additional Resources

Released September 13, 2019: Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership On Climate Resilience. Designed to inspire among decision-makers, this report focuses on making the case for climate adaptation, providing insights and recommendations in key sectors.

While emissions’ reductions are currently at the centre of the climate change discussions, the critical role of the oceans and ocean ecosystems has been vastly overlooked. Learn more in this report from the United Nations Environment Programme: Blue Carbon – The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon