FCM Announces New Program to Help Municipalities Address Climate Change
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today announced a new program to help municipalities address climate change. Funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by FCM, the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) is a 5-year, $75 million program to assist municipalities in preparing for and responding to climate change, and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Through the MCIP, municipalities across Canada can access workshops, training programs, and resources to build their capacity to respond to climate change, as well as access grant funding to develop plans and studies to reduce GHG emissions and fund municipal projects, such as hybrid vehicle purchase and solar thermal water heater programs for homes or instititional buildings. The MCIP will also raise awareness of climate change, its impact on infrastructure, and how the associated risks can be managed by municipalties. Participants will share knowledge about lessons learned through the program with the rest of the municipal sector.
The program supports initiatives such as:
- The assessment of the vulnerability to flooding of buildings in a neighbourhood
- Ways to reduce GHG emissions from waste collection trucks by optimizing routes and reducing the frequency of garbage and recycling pick-up
- Plans to encourage residents to use less polluting forms of transportation by encouraging cycling, walking and transit
- The impact of a municipal policy change, such as a no-idling policy.
The MCIP complements the Municipal Asset Management Program, another new program delivered by FCM and funded by the federal government, which enables communities to adopt a more holistic, integrated approach to planning, developing, and maintaining community infrastructure.
Visit FCM's website for more information.