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Join the BARC Program

Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities


Framework users


Climate impacts addressed


Adaptation actions identified

What is BARC?

Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC) is a national program focused on resilience and adaptation! BARC offers a comprehensive way to respond to the impacts of climate change, develop and implement an adaptation plan, and protect the people, property, and prosperity of your community. Our decades of experience in the field of municipal governance will give you the know-how needed to respond to the impacts of a changing climate.

Why choose BARC?

  • A proven and widely-recognized adaptation framework
  • Program features are flexible and tailor-able to your municipality
  • Builds internal capacity and multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Access to innovative tools and resources
  • Collaborate with experts and peers in other municipalities
  • Prepare for costly and extreme weather events
  • Make informed decisions to improve resilience

Member Benefits

All members of the Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities Program receive the following core services and benefits:

Public recognition

Celebrate your accomplishments with awards and communication materials at the completion of each BARC Milestone to share with your community.

Become part of a growing movement

Gain inside access to the BARC Network and engage with colleagues from a wide spectrum of communities across Canada.

Research assistance

We provide localized climate projections and support the development of climate change impacts for your community. We also possess a wealth of knowledge on diverse best management practices for community adaptation.


We deliver to tools and materials to carry out community risk and vulnerability assessments as part of your planning process. Our substantive network of industry professionals can be engaged for targeted research, outreach, or training.

Planning guidance

We use a comprehensive and holistic framework for setting adaptation objectives and targets, selecting adaptation actions, and drafting an adaptation plan.

Implementation support

We help set your plan for success by determining the most important implementation considerations, and corresponding progress indicators.

Community stakeholder outreach

We can help you determine who to bring to the table, providing basic facilitation and communication help to maximize outreach and engagement around your adaptation efforts.

Progress updates and regular check-ins

We set goals and deadlines with you, and will help keep things on time and on schedule. Update reports will help keep things on track and give communities shareable material.

Dedicated ICLEI liaison

We match you with one of our adaptation experts for consultation, technical support, and guidance throughout the adaptation planning process.

Unlimited BARC tool access

Take advantage of our dynamic online platform to record your climate impacts, workshop results, vulnerability and risk data, and adaptation actions in a centralized place! 


ICLEI members receive a 20% discount on BARC services. Discounted rates for regional participation may be considered.

Contact Hana Lapp at or +1 647 728 4309 for more information about the BARC Program.


Milestone 2


Milestone 2

Capital Regional District

Milestone 3


Milestone 4

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Milestone 2


Milestone 2


Milestone 1


Milestone 1

Metro Vancouver

Milestone 1

New Glasgow

North Vancouver (City)

North Vancouver (District)

Milestone 3


Milestone 3

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Waterloo (Region)

Questions about the BARC Program?

Contact us to learn more about the BARC Porgram.

Hana Lapp, Climate Change Project Coordinator

+1 647 728 4309

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