As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities across the country, we are extending the deadline by one month to Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Individuals who intend to apply for the awards, but who will not be able to do so by the original deadline of March 31, should contact us to confirm their intent to apply.

Since 2001, FCM's Sustainable Communities Awards have celebrated the most innovative environmental initiatives in Canadian cities and communities of all sizes. As we reflect on the past 20 years of the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) and prepare for an exciting new chapter ahead, we honour those sustainability projects that demonstrate environmental responsibility and excellence, and take an integrated approach to yielding social and economic benefits for their communities.

The winning projects leverage current and advanced technologies as well as best practices in the area of environmental and sustainability, and can be replicated and scaled up across Canada to achieve national quality-of-life, sustainability and climate goals. The awards honour the most innovative sustainability and environmental initiatives in nine categories:

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the award category that best represents the primary goal or environmental benefit of the initiative.

Call for nominations now open

The call for nominations for FCM’s 2020 Sustainable Communities Awards is open. The awards are available to Canadian cities and communities of all sizes. We will honour the winners at our Sustainable Communities ConferenceCanada’s leading municipal sustainability event, taking place on October 20-22, 2020, in St. John's, NL. 

Need help getting started on your application? Watch our webinar (read the transcript) and learn everything you need to know about applying to the 2020 Awards program.

Why apply?

GMF is a national sustainability leader—as an award winner, you’ll receive local and national recognition and promotion for your initiative.

Benefits include:

  • Recognition from your peers, community and the media for your municipality’s accomplishments in sustainable development.
  • Opportunity to showcase and present your initiative at FCM’s 2020 Sustainable Communities Conference.
  • Individual coaching and support to help you develop a TED Talk-style presentation that will be recorded at the conference and shared.
  • Encourage local pride by inviting your community to vote for you to receive FCM’s Inspire Award, which is given to the project that demonstrates the most creativity and innovation.
  • Showcase your sustainability initiative as a scalable model other municipalities can learn from.

In addition, applicants will be asked to describe how their initiative achieves multiple outcomes, including social, economic and secondary environmental benefits.

FCM is offering to cover the cost of conference registration and certain travel-related costs for award winners who are travelling outside of their region. This subsidy is awarded based on need. Contact us to see if you are eligible.

Meet our Judges

Meet our judges for FCM's 2020 Sustainable Communities Awards who will select the winners. The panel includes FCM Board members and subject matter experts from multiple sectors, including water, transportation, brownfields, energy, asset management and climate change.

2018 Sustainable Communities Award Winners
Learn more about the municipalities that have been selected to receive the 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards.
public transit bus
Kingston gets more youth riding public transit

A partnership between the municipality and school boards is increasing high school students' independence and their long-term use of sustainable transportation.

Community-minded brownfield plan gives new life to Port Coquitlam site

Innovative natural techniques, such as reconditioning soil and using plants to absorb contaminants, transformed a former sanitary lagoon. 

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Switch to biomass cuts costs and GHG emissions in Yellowknife

A Biomass District Energy System in Yellowknife, NT, is leading the way to reduced heating costs and GHG emissions in Northern communities.

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Small BC community gets big benefits from asset management

Starting from scratch, this small community adopted asset management practices that increase the village's sustainability and resilience.

sustainable neighbourhood
Guelph plans an innovative new carbon neutral community

A new sustainable community in Guelph, ON, will create a unique live-work space connected to the larger city.

Unique approach helps Durham Region, ON, plan effectively for climate change

This unique climate adaptation planning process blends scientific data predicting future weather patterns with local expertise.

Local road-sharing projects enable active transportation in Montreal

Small-scale projects in Montreal, QC, neighbourhoods add up to big improvements in the city's pedestrian and bicycle culture.

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Community-backed waste project supports Terrace, BC, economy

Getting the community engaged in their waste management program helped this BC community divert more waste and stimulate the local economy.

Okotoks proves natural stormwater management works

An innovative bioretention system in Alberta is demonstrating the benefits of natural stormwater management, and producing research and public education.

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