In the wake of a series of extreme-weather events that highlighted the vulnerability of Quebec communities, a group of progressive-minded scientists and policymakers decided to collaborate on potential solutions; Ouranos is the result. In 2001, Ouranos was created as a joint initiative of the Québec government, Hydro-Québec and Environment Canada, with the financial support of Valorisation-Recherche-Québec. Ouranos aims to provide Québec and the rest of Canada with expertise in both climate science and adaptation strategies.
Ouranos engages in focused, practical science in support of sound decisions related to climate change and its impacts. Our approach actively involves an expanded network of researchers, experts, practitioners and policy-makers.
Ouranos is created by the Quebec government, Hydro-Québec and Environment Canada, with the financial support of Valorisation-Recherche-Québec.
Ouranos welcomes its 14th member organization, hosts its first scientific symposium and signs a five-year, $14.25 million funding agreement with Quebec’s Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (MDEIE).
Ouranos publishes a strategic plan and creates the think tank Ouranos 2020.
The Quebec government grants Ouranos $10 million to support impact and adaptation work.
The Quebec government grants Ouranos an additional $12 million over four years.
Ouranos is now involved in more than 100 projects and activities.
Ouranos enters a new phase in its evolution by planning beyond 2020 and expanding its activities nationally and internationally.
The Quebec government grants Ouranos an additional $5.17 million to support its expansion.
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