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Climate Change and Resiliency

Climate change is the challenge of our times, and cities and communities are on the front lines. From flooding and ice storms to forest fires, we're the first to respond as new weather extremes displace families, damage property and cause economic disruption. We're also leading the way on innovation to reduce climate-changing emissions — from greener fleets to building retrofits to low-emission waste systems.

Today, some of the richest potential to reduce Canada's emissions lies in scaling up this local green innovation. In fact, with municipalities now influencing half of those emissions, the federal government simply cannot reach its climate goals without engaging local governments. And our economic future depends on adapting vital infrastructure across the country to new weather extremes.

Federal budget 2017 prioritizes climate change, and we'll be looking to ensure investment will flow for local projects — to reduce climate-changing emissions, build climate-resilient communities and support other environmental priorities.

Municipalities are ready to work with all orders of government to meet this challenge head-up, to protect our families, our communities, and our economy — for generations to come.

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FCM Resources

Climate change and resilience

Climate change and resilience

The Green Economy

The Green Economy

Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Change Adaptation

Partners for Climate Protection

Partners for Climate Protection

Federal Assessment Processes

Federal Assessment Processes 

 

 

Quick Facts

About 50%



The amount of Canada's GHG emissions that local governments have influence over.

Between 20 and 55 megatonnes



The potential amount of GHG reductions that Canada's cities and communities can supply using proven strategies and technologies.

$5 billion



The average annual cost of extreme weather events by 2020. That number will rise to $43 billion per year by 2050.

$9-$38



The amount of money saved in future damages for every dollar invested today in climate change adaptation.

Page Updated: 15/05/2017