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The State of Climate Action in Canadian Municipalities

The State of Climate Action in Canadian Municipalities

A report and database from the Municipal Net-Zero Action Research Partnership (N-ZAP)

Local governments across the country are engaging in meaningful and impactful action to mitigate climate change. At the same time, improvements are needed to accelerate interventions, establish more robust targets, and enhance the efficiency of local efforts that support national action on climate change.

The State of Climate Action in Canadian Municipalities report and database from N-ZAP contain valuable information that can help guide municipal decision-making on the route to net zero. The database contains valuable information that can be used as a benchmark while the summary report presents details on municipal climate action plans, targets, interventions, and stakeholder engagement methods based on survey data collected from 256 Canadian municipalities across 10 provinces.

About N-ZAP

N-ZAP was established to support Canadian municipalities in monitoring, measuring, and achieving their greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation goals. N-ZAP is a partnership between the University of Waterloo, ICLEI Canada, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund, as well as 11 other Canadian universities, nine other national organizations, and 13 municipal governments across Canada.  

These resources were developed by N-ZAP — a research partnership funded by the Government of Canada through the Climate Action and Awareness Fund (CAAF) and jointly led by the University of Waterloo, ICLEI Canada, and FCM’s GMF, working with 11 other academic institutions, and 8 national organizations and 13 municipal partners. It is one of 24 projects supported by the Government of Canada through CAFF that will advance science and technology to combat climate change. These projects will strengthen Canada’s science capacity to identify, accelerate, and evaluate actions toward achieving net-zero GHG emissions. 

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