Highlights from the Malmö Summit

The May 11 to 13, 2022 Malmö Summit concluded a year-long ICLEI World Congress. The event was a source of inspiration, providing first-hand experience on Malmö’s sustainability journey.

Every three years, ICLEI holds a World Congress to bring this vast network together and showcase how local governments are advancing sustainable urban development worldwide. The ICLEI World Congress is a way to connect with peers and strategic partners, and provides a platform for discussions to inform and enhance various initiatives.

Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy

How should Canada adapt to climate change? Share your ideas and provide comments on Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy online until July 15, 2022.

The Government of Canada is asking Canadians to get involved by identifying actions within 5 adaptation priority areas:

  • Thriving Natural Environment
  • Disaster Resilience and Security
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Resilient Natural and Built Infrastructure
  • Strong and Resilient Economy

They are also soliciting stories, lessons learned, and additional comments. You can share your ideas and comments through the National Adaptation Strategy website until July 15.

New Resources On Our Website

Canada – Germany Cities and Climate Change Research Brief

The research brief highlights key thematic policy and programing mechanisms being used by local governments in both Canada and Germany to address climate change.

Introducing Indicators Resource

This resource guide provides a starting point for municipalities and communities that are developing or updating climate adaptation plans and need to identify relevant, measurable indicators.

Project Updates

Advancing Adaptation

Planning for a changing climate at the local level and implementing adaptation initiatives is challenging for many municipalities, and in particular smaller and rural municipalities. The Advancing Adaptation Project aims to increase climate change resilience of Ontario municipalities through three cohorts:

  • Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
  • Planning
  • Implementation

We are working with 30 municipalities who are involved in the project. Stay tuned for updates and case studies from the Advancing Adaptation cohorts.

This project is being carried out with the financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks and the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Agents of Change

Mobilizing community residents towards net zero and climate resilience goals is a crucial element of any municipal climate action planning process. We’re thrilled to be working with 11 municipalities across Canada to help build volunteer engagement programming.

The Agents of Change cohort is up and running on full steam, with each municipality designing programs that are tailor made for their community’s needs, guided by their local action plans and ambitious climate targets. The national cohort is meeting regularly to co-create with their peers while also drawing from experts in the field.

Stay tuned for more updates and capacity building resources as Agents of Change continues. This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.

Learn more about the Agents of Change project.

Climate Change Graphics and Social Media Content

Could you use some ready-made graphics and social media posts  on the impacts of climate change in Canada?  We have created dozens of graphics and social media posts for Natural Resources Canada and want to share them with you. Our Trello boards are filled with content on climate change impacts and approaches to adaptation. Have a look, download what interests you, and please share widely.

Canada in a Changing Climate: National Issues Report

The Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action

Canada in a Changing Climate: Regional Perspectives Report

Upcoming Events

ICLEI Canada’s 10th Livable Cities Forum, October 3-5, 2022

Join us for the 10th Livable Cities Forum in Victoria (BC), October 3-5, 2022. This year’s event, hosted by the City of Victoria in partnership with ICLEI Canada and the Canadian Urban Institute, will focus on equity and climate action. You won’t want to miss this boutique national event widely known for its high-caliber practical sessions and diverse speakers on climate change action in Canada. Registration opens next week.

2nd Annual Retrofit Canada Conference, June 23-24, 2022

We are excited to be an Association Sponsor at the 2nd Annual Retrofit Canada Conference on June 23-24 in Toronto. Join us in a room of high-level decision-makers from the government, key municipalities and authorities, project owners, facilities managers, financiers, sustainability experts, technology providers, and consultants. Save 20% on in-person or live streaming when you use promo code: ICLEI20.

PCP Monthly Drop-Ins

Join us for the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Monthly Drop-Ins.

  • July 7 from 1 PM – 2 PM ET
  • Aug 4 from 1 PM – 2 PM ET (French)

Our peer-to-peer online network helps municipal staff and elected officials connect with the best resources, access expertise on local climate action, and it is a great way to learn about the latest news and funding opportunities.

Welcome to Our New Staff!

Curniss McGoldrick

Curniss McGoldrick

Climate and Communication Coordinator

Curniss McGoldrick is a Queen’s University graduate with over 13 years of experience. We are excited for to bring her hands-on adaptation experience and communication skills to the team.
Antonia Alexe

Antonia Alexe

Intern, Quebec Office

Antonia Alexe will spend the summer interning with the Quebec team. She is completing a Master in environmental studies at Université de Sherbrooke and will be contributing our adaptation mandates with Repentigny and the 2 MRCs over the coming months.
Neha Sarraf

Neha Sarraf

Climate Change Assistant Intern

Neha Sarraf will be supporting our BARC program, Canada in a Changing Climate case studies, and other initiatives. She is completing a double major in economics and environmental studies at the University of Toronto.
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