Municipal Climate Action Hub

A community of practice supporting municipalities for climate innovation

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Who we are

A committed team of experts helping municipal staff across Canada take action on climate mitigation and adaptation.
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Member Municipalities

Sixty-six municipalities received climate change staff grants to create a new position within the municipality to focus on initiatives to improve adaptation to local climate change impacts or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Grant funding is delivered through FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).
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Contact Us

The Community Energy Association, QUEST Canada, Eco-Ouest, ACT-SFU and the Ontario Climate Consortium have partnered to deliver a cross-Canada community of practice to support this initiative.

These partner organizations provide municipalities with the support and resources needed to successfully develop and implement municipal climate mitigation or adaptation work plans.

Mitigation

Learn how local government can reduce emissions and conserve energy.

How do you measure up?

Adaptation

Learn how climate adaptation can build community resilience.

Ready to take action?

Mitigation Strategies

The Getting to Implementation Framework is a guide to help communities move Community Energy Plans from a vision to implementation. It includes 10 strategies that provide insights, advice and a proposed path forward to foster widespread political, staff and stakeholder support, build staff and financial capacity, and embed energy into local plans, policies and processes to support implementation.

Framework

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Appendices

Adaptation Strategies

The 11 adaptation strategies developed here are meant to guide municipalities from a vision on adaptation, to being fully adaptive and resilient to climate events. The strategies will build internal staff and financial capacity, draw upon stakeholders and local knowledge, and ultimately integrate climate adaptation into strategic municipal plans, policies, and processes on an ongoing basis.

Our approach draws upon ICLEI Canada’s Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC) Program, which offers a comprehensive way for communities to address climate change impacts, and develop an adaptation plan. See more about the BARC Program here.

Mitigation Readiness Scale

This maturity scale was developed with support from FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) to facilitate the self-assessment of your organization’s institutional readiness and progress in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Read the mitigation readiness scale

Adaptation Readiness Scale

This maturity scale was developed with support from FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) to facilitate the self-assessment of your organization’s institutional readiness and progress in adapting to climate change.

Read the adaptation readiness scale

Resources

FCM-ICLEI Partners for Climate Protection Program
Community Energy Plan Implementation and Monitoring
Planning Guides and General Resources
launch Retooling.ca – Adaptation planning: the local government experience in BC

launch Integrating Mitigation & Adaptation – A Summary for City Leaders

launch Canadian Communities’ Guidebook for Adaptation to Climate Change

launch ICLEI – Changing Climate, Changing Communities Guide & Workbook

launch Low Carbon Resilience Plan – A Briefing Note

launch Preparing for Climate Change – An implementation guide for local governments in British Columbia

launch Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook

launch Engineers Canada – Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) Engineering Asssessment Protocol

launch Community-level PIEVC Assessments

launch Emergency Management BC’s Hazard & Risk Vulnerability Analysis Toolkit

launch West Coast Environmental Law, Green Infrastructure Guide

launch University of Waterloo’s Ahead of the Storm

launch SFU-ACT’s Resource Page on Low Carbon Resilience

launch (EPCARR’s) Report on Measuring Progress on Adaptation and Resilience

launch FCM Guide for Integrating Climate Change Considerations into Municipal Asset Management

launch Newfoundland’s 7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community

launch FCM’s Investing in Canada’s Future: The Cost of Climate Adaptation at the Local Level

launch United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Adaptation Options – An Overview of Approaches

launch Global Commission on Adaptation’s Adapt Now – A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience

launch RAND Corporation’s Resilience Dividend Valuation Model

launch The 2020 Green Municipal Fund’s (GMF) Energy Roadmap will help elected officials and municipal staff achieve a more energy-efficient community.

launch Talking it Through: A Discussion Guide for Local Government Staff on Climate Adaptation, was just launched and is full of helpful information on how municipal staff can have better conversations about climate adaptation with senior decision makers and elected officials. The resource is accompanied with a PowerPoint template that you can customize with your community’s climate data to help facilitate the types of conversations described within the Discussion Guide.

Government Climate Departments