Expertise Available to Help Municipalities Tackle Climate Change


CivicInfo BC

Tue, 06/13/2017
On June 13th, the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced a new initiative connecting municipalities with local environmental experts.
The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) regional climate advisors offer a range of services and direct, on the ground support tailored specifically to the needs of municipalities locally.
Advisors will support a number of activities, including: developing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories and local action plans; assisting with GHG emissions target setting; identifying and applying for project funding; fostering network building; and providing access to peer learning opportunities.
With this initiative, regional climate advisors will help municipalities reach their goals towards becoming low-carbon resilient communities through the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Milestone program. Over 300 municipalities of all sizes are already participating in the PCP program, a partnered program between FCM and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability. PCP is open to Canadian cities and communities and is free to join.
Municipalities are on the front lines of climate change. They are working to build more climate-resilient communities, often in partnership with the federal government. With influence over half of Canada's GHG emissions, municipalities are also seeking opportunities to scale up local green infrastructure solutions that bring emissions down.
Funding for regional climate advisors is provided by the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.