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Agents of Change

A Project to Support Building Local Volunteer Engagement Programs

Mobilizing community residents towards net zero and climate resilience goals is a crucial element of any municipal climate action planning process.  Yet, that level of outreach and engagement is often lacking.  That’s why ICLEI Canada is launching the Agents of Change project, to help build volunteer engagement programming in municipalities across Canada. 


A Few Facts About the Project

This project will help municipalities engage residents in their local climate action planning progress by:

  • Designing municipally-supported volunteer engagement programs
  • Identifying collaborators and stakeholders in within their communities
  • Recruiting and supporting volunteers
  • Developing and delivering training programs for volunteers
  • Providing $15,000 each to 10 municipalities to support the hard costs of program set-up

If your municipality is ready to engage your residents in local climate action through a municipally-supported volunteer engagement program, we encourage you apply.

Why Join?

Ten municipalities from across Canada will be invited to join the project to establish volunteer engagement programming for local climate action.  Details include:

  • Access facilitated networking and collaboration with peers from across the country to promote better engagement in local climate action.
  • Receive templates and tailored materials to establish local volunteer engagement program (i.e. Terms of Reference, facilitator guides, job descriptions).
  • Gain access to experts and best practices in the field.
  • One-on-one support from ICLEI staff throughout the project.
  • Receive training support for municipal staff and local volunteers.
  • Receive funding of $15,000 to help cover the hard costs of establishing a local volunteer engagement program.
  • Eligible for approximately $1,000 in travel funds to support participation in a national project meeting.
  • Participate in an opportunity to share your experience and the lessons learned in your community with a national audience.

Information Session

Have any questions? We will be hosting an information session to provide more details to prospective participants in the Agents of Change Project.

The information session will give an overview of the project, including benefits of joining, eligibility requirements, and key dates. We will spend time as part of the session answering questions from prospective participants about the project and the application process. These, and other frequently asked questions have been summarized in this FAQ document.

DATE: January 19, 2022

TIME: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

How to Apply

Review all the project materials including the Project Brochure, FAQs, Volunteer Program Examples and Application Form.  Complete the Application Form and email it to by the end of day on February 25, 2022.




This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada 


If you have questions about the Agents of Change Project, please contact Caitlin Rodger at

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