New programs to help municipalities address climate change, asset management
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities have launched two new programs to address climate change in communities and to strengthen infrastructure planning and decision-making.
The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and the Municipal Asset Management Program, which will be delivered by the FCM, will provide municipalities with access to funding, training, and learning opportunities to increase their capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build resilience to the impacts of climate change, and support better planning and management of municipal infrastructure.
“Together, the Municipal Asset Management Program and the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program will bring significant benefits to municipalities as they develop and implement more sustainable infrastructure management practices and move to more ambitious low carbon and climate resilient infrastructure investments,” said Clark Somerville, president of FCM.
To support municipalities’ front-line efforts, the federal government is providing $75 million to the FCM for the delivery of the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program. The government has also endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $50 million to establish the Municipal Asset Management Program.
Details about the programs are available on the FCM website.