NL Vital Signs 2022 – Climate Change Edition

The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and Memorial University’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development have released the 2022 edition of the Newfoundland and Labrador Vital Signs Report. This year’s report focuses entirely on climate change and its impacts on the environment, economy and society in NL. 

The report, which also serves as a summary of information emerging from the Harris Centre’s recent Forecast NL project (an 18-month public engagement and discussion series focused on climate, economy and society), is particularly timely considering the recent devastation of Hurricane Fiona, as well as the forest-fires in Central Newfoundland and the continued unpredictability of sea-ice in Labrador.  

You can download a full copy of the report here, and physical copies will be released throughout the SaltWire network in Newfoundland and Labrador on Saturday, December 3. You can watch a recording of the release here

Thank you to this year’s funders for NL Vital Signs, including CBDC, econext, Memorial University Office of Public Engagement, the YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador and our media partner, SaltWire. 

Environmental Charities and Nonprofits throughout the province do tremendous work to support people, wildlife and the land to slow climate change and offer solutions for climate resilience. We encourage you to consider donating to or learning more about one of them as part of how you could take action on this report. 

Below you will find inspiration to assist with that. This is not an exhaustive list. Please contact us if you want your charity/nonprofit included in this list. 

Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL) has been serving youth and communities for 30 years. Focusing on youth employment and skill development, environmental education, conservation and climate resilience, CCNL programming supports environmental and cultural conservation priorities across Newfoundland and Labrador. You can learn more about their work and how to provide support by visiting

Echo Pond Environmental Education Centre is dedicated to helping children, and young people connect with and learn about the natural environment through our fun and immersive school programs and summer camps. You can learn more about how they are growing the leaders of tomorrow by reading this blogpost and supporting their current fundraising campaign, which is matched by the Fry Family Foundation, by clicking here

Intervale is a non-profit organization with a mission to conserve biodiversity, interpret heritage, and promote the integrity of rural livelihoods. Intervale offers a variety of services, including; Environmental Solutions, Nature and Heritage Interpretation, Planning and Evaluation, and Wildlife and Habitat Conservation. You can learn more about one of their projects that focuses on protecting the biodiversity of the Long Range region here

Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) – Newfoundland and Labrador has the third-smallest percentage of protected land of any province. As the only land trust in this province, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has protected over 5,600 hectares here. Today you can demonstrate your generosity by supporting the expansion of the Salmonier Nature Reserve and the Keep the Rock Rugged campaign, which is matched dollar for dollar by the Government of Canada. 

Western Environment Centre is dedicated to engaging our community in food and climate action through impactful, educational initiatives. Since 1998, they’ve grown from a small citizens group to a thriving environmental organization in Western Newfoundland. You can learn more about them, become a member and donate by visiting their website here.


Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and support action towards improving our collective quality of life.