Metro Vancouver acknowledges that Health Authorities, supported by the Ministry of Health, are responsible for Public Health and related policy and service delivery in this region.
Climate change will affect the health of people living in Metro Vancouver directly (e.g. air quality, flood or extreme weather events) and indirectly (e.g. food security, chronic stress and health conditions). Local governments, residents, and businesses are preparing to respond to emergencies like wildfires, flooding, storms and droughts.
Some populations will be more vulnerable than others. For example, the very young, the elderly, or people with underlying health issues can be more vulnerable to heat or smoke exposure. Lower income households will have less protection from extreme weather events and few resources to recover. Some neighbourhoods have fewer green spaces or air conditioned community spaces, which provide relief in hot weather.