Despite concerns that climate change and weather-related events threaten the reliability and resilience of Canadian energy distribution services, there remains limited tools and assessment processes to help local governments and utilities effectively plan to reduce risks and costs to residents and businesses. In an effort to provide communities with the tools they need to become more climate resilient, Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST), piloted the Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Community Resilience project.
Funded by FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program’s Climate Adaptation Partner Grant initiative, the project enlisted communities and their local energy utilities from across Alberta and New Brunswick to develop climate risk and vulnerability assessments using a combination of data gathering, workshop exercises, validated assessment tools, peer knowledge exchange and methods to develop context-appropriate recommendations for climate adaptation and resilience. The process led to the creation of a mini-guide and a lessons-learned report other communities can learn from.
Participating municipalities include:
- Okotoks, AB
- Devon, AB
- Cochrane, AB
- Saint John, NB
- Campbellton, NB
- Tracadie, NB
About the Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Community Resilience project
QUEST’s Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Community Resilience project fostered collaboration between municipalities, energy utilities and other key community stakeholders to increase climate resilience. Climate risk and vulnerability assessments were conducted to inform a recommendation report encouraging changes to policies and practices, risk-based decision-making, infrastructure improvements, asset and energy planning, and emergency preparedness and response measures. These recommendations inform the development or implementation of climate adaptation plans and emergency management plans.
"The Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Community Resilience Initiative has been instrumental in identifying how communities in Canada and their utilities can work better together and adapt energy infrastructure through end-use planning, asset planning, and emergency response during power outages. QUEST is proud to provide the Building Community Resilience Report to inform communities across Canada enabling them to become Smart Energy Communities."
– Tonja Leach, Executive Director, QUEST
Develop your own community resilience plan
Check out the mini-guide and a lessons-learned report to find tips for communities interested in becoming more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
These resources can help your community:
- Gain insights into common strengths and vulnerabilities to specific climate hazards
- Find tips to develop an effective climate plan (with examples hazard types and possible funding strategies)
- Learn proven ways to support climate adaptation, energy system resilience and emergency preparedness
- Create effective hazard communication plans for your community
Who are these resource for?
Municipal staff working in climate/sustainability, emergency management, business continuity, engineering, planning, utilities will find the mini-guide useful.
Manager, Policy & Research