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Canadian municipalities: global leaders on climate change

FCM helps municipalities take action on climate change with a combination of funding, networking and knowledge services, as well as with programs like the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP). In 2017, FCM also participated in national and international efforts to plan effective responses to climate change. Learn more about how FCM is leading the way on climate change.

FCM and Canadian municipalities lead the way globally in responding to climate change through concrete actions

Leading the way on climate change

Canadian municipalities were among the first governments in the world to formally acknowledge and take effective action on climate change. During 2016–2017, FCM participated in the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, Morocco, and also contributed to the Government of Canada's development of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

FCM continues to help communities take action on climate change with a combination of funding, networking and knowledge services.

By the numbers

Local governments influence about
50% of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs)

Canadian municipalities can reduce GHG emissions from
20 to 55 megatonnes per year
using proven strategies and technologies

$5 billion
Average annual cost of extreme weather events by 2020 — the number will rise to $43 billion by 2050

FCM-ICLEI Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program

The PCP program enables municipalities to take effective action on climate change by reducing GHG emissions. During 2016–2017, 31 municipalities joined the program, bringing the total number of participants to 319. Collectively, the PCP network represents 70 per cent of Canada’s population. Members benefit from direct support and learning activities, and are inspired by the leading-edge GHG solutions implemented by their peers.

FCM’s support for municipalities through PCP includes resources such as reports, tools and success stories. During 2016–2017, FCM published a series of interviews with local climate change heroes. In addition, FCM provides grants for eligible initiatives, and delivers workshops and thematic conference calls.

In February 2017, FCM launched the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program — a new program with more funding to help municipalities take action on climate change and reduce GHGs. FCM also recently introduced the PCP Hub — an online tool enabling PCP members to connect, share resources, and discuss issues, ideas and solutions.

During 2016–2017, seven municipalities completed or reached PCP Milestone 5. This is the most difficult milestone to achieve because it requires not only the implementation of action plans and measures, but also ongoing improvement and renewal. They include: the City of Spruce Grove, AB; the City of Burlington, ON; the City of Nicolet, QC; the Town of Ajax, ON; the City of Toronto, ON; the City of Plessisville, QC; and the City of Richmond, BC.

Page Updated: 06/06/2018