New local expertise available to help municipalities take action on climate change (13/06/2017)
The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced today 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.
"We are proud to partner with the FCM to support local governments across Canada in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Innovative green infrastructure projects contribute to a clean growth economy and strengthen the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and productive places to live."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Municipalities influence half of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, so local action is vital to addressing our country's climate challenge. That's why FCM is so proud to connect local climate experts with municipalities, to build more climate-resilient communities and scale up local solutions that reduce emissions."
Jenny Gerbasi, President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
- Regional climate advisors are located in five regions across Canada: Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador; New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Ontario; Prairies; and British Columbia and Yukon.
- Regional climate advisor assistance is available to members of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. The PCP Milestone program is a performance-based model of five national milestones for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. PCP is a partnership between FCM and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability.
- The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) is a five-year, $75-million program that helps municipalities prepare for, and adapt to, climate change, and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and funded by the Government of Canada, MCIP is available to all municipalities and their partners.
Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities