About: Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program
Significant shifts in weather patterns are already underway in many regions of Canada. Storms of greater intensity and frequency, record-setting droughts and larger-than-normal surges in sea levels pose particular challenges for municipalities.
In addition to these challenges resulting from climate change, many of the municipal services that residents use everyday—drinking water, sewage treatment and roads—rely on infrastructure that is near or past its intended lifecycle and was never designed to withstand rapid changes in climate patterns.
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.
The type of initiatives the program supports include:
- The assessment of the vulnerability to flooding of buildings in a neighbourhood.
- Ways to reduce GHG emissions from waste collection trucks by optimizing routes and reducing the frequency of garbage and recycling pick-up.
- Plans to encourage residents to use less polluting forms of transportation by encouraging cycling, walking and transit.
- The impact of a municipal policy change, such as a no-idling policy.
MCIP aims to maximize the impacts of new federal investments in municipal infrastructure. During its five-year lifespan, the program will enable more than 600 municipalities and partner organizations to build their capacity to reduce GHG emissions and adapt to climate change.
Municipalities to benefit from funding, training and information sharing
MCIP helps municipalities in four ways:
- Raising awareness of climate change, its impacts on infrastructure and how municipalities can manage the associated risks.
- Providing technical expertise to municipalities through training and workshops.
- Funding municipal projects, such as hybrid vehicle purchase and solar thermal water heater programs for homes or institutional buildings.
- Gathering and sharing relevant knowledge and lessons learned about the experiences gained through the program by participating municipalities with the rest of the municipal sector.
MCIP includes grants for plans, feasibility studies and demonstration projects, as well as temporary salary offsets for municipal staff who implement climate change initiatives.
FCM has a strong record for inspiring positive change and tangible results in communities across Canada. MCIP complements another new program delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with funds from the Government of Canada: the Municipal Asset Management Program, which enables communities to adopt a more holistic, integrated approach to planning, developing and maintaining community infrastructure.