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Advancing Adaptation

Climate change resilience training for ontario municipalities

About the Project

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 that often lack the resources, capacity and knowledge to assess impacts, develop plans, and implement action to prepare for a changing climate. Moreover, different municipalities and communities are at different levels of capacity and different stages of preparing for a changing climate. As a result, a one-size-fits-all approach to assisting municipalities as they prepare for climate change has limited utility.

The Advancing Adaptation Project, led by ICLEI Canada, aims to increase climate change resilience in Ontario municipalities through three core project streams that range in scope to support municipalities that are just starting their formal climate adaptation work to those who require assistance to the most important part of adaptation work; implementation. Advancing Adaptation builds local climate change adaptation capacity through training seminars/workshops and supports the implementation of new adaptation initiatives in communities in the Great Lakes watershed, regardless of their stage in the adaptation process.

Project Cohorts

ICLEI is working with 26 Ontario communities in the three project streams or cohorts described below to build capacity on adaptation assessment, planning, and implementation over a 10 to 18 month period.  Both of the Train-the-Trainer cohorts are taking place from June 2021 – March 2022, while the Implementation cohort is taking place from June 2021 – December 2022.

Train-the-Trainer – Risk and Vulnerability Assessment

The Train-the-Trainer – Risk and Vulnerability Assessment cohort supports local governments that have not yet undertaken any formal adaptation effort. This portion of the project helps municipalities understand climate projections, how to use and apply climate data and information from various sources, identify climate impacts, and assess their community’s vulnerability to climate risks through a collaborative process.

Train-the-Trainer – Adaptation Planning

The Train-the-Trainer – Adaptation Planning cohort supports local governments that have already undertaken some form of risk or vulnerability assessment processes. This portion of the project focuses on the creation or integration of an adaptation plan/strategy to address the identified risks, with a particular focus on including implementation considerations and monitoring metrics.

Implementation through Collaboration

The Implementation through Collaboration cohort supports local governments that have already identified adaptation actions or solutions. This portion of the project focuses on the implementation of a community-oriented adaptive action over the course of two-years, and includes financial support as well as guidance on implementation issues such as overcoming obstacles, building local support, identifying performance indicators, etc.

Participating Municipalities

  • Bonfield Township
  • Bracebridge
  • Burlington
  • Caledon
  • Dufferin County
  • Gravenhurst
  • Halton Hills
  • Hamilton
  • Huntsville
  • Huron-Kinloss Township
  • Lake of Bays
  • London
  • Loyalist Township
  • Mississauga
  • Muskoka District
  • Muskoka Lakes Township
  • Orillia
  • Parry Sound
  • Peterborough
  • Pickering
  • Richmond Hill
  • Shawanaga First Nations
  • Sudbury
  • Thunder Bay
  • Timmins
  • Windsor

Resources from the Advancing Adaptation Project

Engaging Meaningfully: Leveraging Community Engagement to Advance Implementation

This document aims to guide municipalities on engaging with multiple institutions and stakeholders to help find and capitalize on outside resources to better leverage implementation efforts. 

Introducing Indicators: A First Look at Using Indicators to Measure Adaptation Success

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.

Adaptation and resilience planning

Capacity building

Training and workshops

Peer networking

Stakeholder engagement and facilitation

ICLEI Canada acknowledges that the Advancing Adaptation project is made possible with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) alongside financial support from the Government of  Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Photo credits: Header image: Wilson, B (2009) retrieved from Flickr. Boardwalk: Jaime Dantas retrieved from Unsplash. Breakwall: Jeffrey Eisen retrieved from Unsplash. Water urban park image: Campbell, C. (2010) retrieved from Flickr.

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