The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced a new initiative connecting municipalities with local environmental experts.
“We are proud to partner with the FCM to support local governments across Canada in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Amarjeet Sohi, minister of infrastructure and communities. “Innovative green infrastructure projects contribute to a clean growth economy.”
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 Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI). PCP is open to Canadian cities and communities and is free to join.
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. Regional climate advisors are located in six regions across Canada: Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador; New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Ontario; Prairies; and, British Columbia and Yukon.