Join the BARC ProgramBuilding Adaptive and Resilient Communities
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
All members of the Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities Program receive the following core services and benefits:
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.
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.
We use a comprehensive and holistic framework for setting adaptation objectives and targets, selecting adaptation actions, and drafting an adaptation plan.
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 location. View the tool.
ICLEI members receive a 20% discount on BARC services. Discounted rates for regional participation may be considered.
Less than 50,000Population size
50,000 to 200,000Population size
Over 200,000Population size
Capital Regional District
Conception Bay South
Havelock Belmont Methuen
Lake of Bays
MRC de Thérèse-De Blainville
MRC Thérèse-De Blainville
National Capital Commission
North Vancouver, City
North Vancouver, District
Portugal Cove, St Phillips
Shawanaga First Nation
University of British Columbia
…and many more. The open-source foundation established by BARC has become so widely used that it’s impossible to accurately track all BARC users.
PLANS DEVELOPED WITH BARC
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…and many more. Please contact us for more information on the BARC program.
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We respectfully acknowledge that ICLEI Canada’s work happens across Turtle Island which has traditionally been and is home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples since time immemorial.