Study says Canadian cities not ready to handle effects of climate change

A survey by Ontario's University of Waterloo finds most Canadian cities are not prepared to handle the extreme weather events attributed to climate change, such as floods or wildfires.

The study of 63 Canadian municipalities of all sizes has found major gaps in how most are preparing for coming conditions.

Co-author Jason Thistlethwaite says only seven communities had pinpointed vulnerable neighbourhoods and a dozen had identified which local industries might be at risk.  

He says many cities hadn't done enough research to be able to write a comprehensive plan.

The authors say failing to plan properly will cost money as taxes rise to rebuild damaged infrastructure and property values fall in high-risk areas.