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livable cities forum 2019

building better communities through resilience

The eighth annual Livable Cities Forum was hosted by the City of Victoria in partnership with ICLEI Canada, SHIFT Collaborative, and ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team) SFU. The event was designed to showcase the importance of taking this synergistic approach to climate change planning and implementation at the local level.

Our most impactful Forum to date

With record breaking attendance, we welcomed over 350 delegates and 80 North American local governments at the Forum. Delegates heard from powerful keynotes, took part in interactive workshops, and experienced new dimensions of resilience through art, music, and Indigenous performance. The takeaway messages from the Forum compel us all to take a health, well-being, and equity approach to the climate emergency.

Hands-on resilience building

Over 100 subject matter experts, practitioners, and community resilience leaders shared their knowledge and experience with delegates at the Forum. Sessions were interactive, collaborative (sometimes even multi-modal!) and focused on three themes: the climate and health nexus; low carbon resilience; and the role of infrastructure in building better neighbourhoods.

The Victoria Call to Action

ICLEI Canada and the City of Victoria hosted a Leadership & Legacy session at the Forum. The event convened over 50 Mayors and Councilors from Canada and the US for a day-long, interactive session focusing on building social resilience, community belonging and inclusion as a key resilience strategy. Elected Officials created a collective Call to Action for local leaders to advance work on the health, well-being and social cohesion aspects of resilience.

If you have questions about the 2019 Livable Cities Forum, please contact Christina Schwantes at

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