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A global movement of local governments and community partners

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 100+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. Our Members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability.

As an association

We connect and foster leadership by bringing together urban sustainability professionals for shared learning, inspiration and collaboration.

As a movement

We accelerate action by running programs and campaigns that help local governments advance their sustainability activities and achieve meaningful results.

As an agency

We provide a gateway to solutions specifically for local government practitioners; via a wide variety of innovative tools, targeted resources, and fruitful partnerships.


As a membership organization, ICLEI is governed by and for its membership. ICLEI Canada’s Board is a body of local sustainability practitioners from across the country. They represent engaged and active ICLEI members committed to advancing the field of sustainability at the local government level. The Board helps drive the organization strategically and ensures that ICLEI’s value to its members continues to meet and exceed expectations.  Canada is represented in our global governance structure through the North American Regional Executive Committee.


ICLEI was founded in 1990 as the ‘International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.’ The organization was established when more than 200 local governments from 43 countries convened at our inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations in New York.

In 2003, the ‘International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives’ became ‘ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability’ with a broader mandate to address all sustainability issues.

Activities specific to the Canadian region started in 1993 with the Ontario Municipal Energy Collaborative (OMEC) project, which was expanded into a non-profit, fee-for-service consulting unit called ICLEI Energy Services (IES) in 1995.  In 2003, ICLEI’s global Executive Committee expanded the IES mandate to become ICLEI’s country office for Canada. As a country office, Canadian staff were able provide a much broader level of support to Canadian ICLEI Members and more diversified sustainability initiatives.

Our offices

Main Office (Toronto)

Suite 204
401 Richmond St. W
Toronto, ON
M5V 3A8

British Columbia Office

City Hall – Engineering and Public Works
1 Centennial Square
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1P6

Quebec Office

155 rue Notre-Dame Est,
Bâtiment Annexe – 1er étage
Bureau 1.200K
Montréal, Québec
H2Y 1C6

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ICLEI Canada

401 Richmond St W (Suite 204)
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

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