Genomic adaptation and resilience to climate change (GenARCC) project

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Genomics R&D Initiative

Funding period: 2022–2027
Leads: James Macklin, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Ian Bradbury, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Total GRDI funding: $9,480,000

Globally, climate change is severely impacting the environment. In Canada, the climate continues to warm at more than double the global rate, with Northern Canada expected to experience the most extreme changes.

There is a growing need for science advice on how key species are expected to respond to climate change, and the related economic and societal implications. Genomics offer a powerful set of tools that can rapidly assess biodiversity and ecosystem health, and help scientists predict how species and ecosystems will respond to climate change.

Over 60 Government of Canada scientists and their teams are collaborating on the genomic adaptation and resilience to climate change (GenARCC) project. Using genomic tools, the GenARCC team aims to inform climate change adaptation to protect Canada's biodiversity, ecosystem resiliency, food security and human health. The GenARCC team is using its expertise to address 3 questions across forest, tundra, agricultural, aquatic and coastal ecosystems:

  1. How are critical species and populations genetically adapted to their environment?
  2. Is this relationship changing in response to climate change?
  3. How will these critical species and populations respond in the coming years?


  • 5-year collaboration
  • 63 scientists and their teams
  • 8 federal departments and agencies


To use genomics to assess the vulnerability of species to climate change for the protection of Canada's biodiversity, ecosystem resiliency, food security and health

Envisioned Benefits

  • Genomic data and resources generated to support ongoing research and capacity building
  • Genomic tools developed to monitor impacts of land use and climate change on the surrounding ecosystems
  • Science advice to inform climate-resilient management and conservation, as well as related economic and societal implication
  • Tools to improve science literacy related to genomics and climate change

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