Adapting to climate change and extreme weather events is essential to protect Canadians and ensure the long-term resiliency of our municipalities. Actions your community takes today can reduce its vulnerabilities as well as the future costs incurred related to climate events.

How is your community adapting to the local effects of climate change?

From conducting gap analyses, vulnerability assessments and developing response plans, to developing storm water management and flood intervention plans, municipalities are working together to take action on climate change impacts affecting their community. Our partners are also working to support municipalities through the creation of tools to help with flood mapping and natural asset evaluation.

Are you looking for climate change adaptation best practices and resources? Below you will find FCM programs, training and resources that can assist your community adapting to its local climate challenges.

Climate adaptation maturity scale

Climate change has made Canadian municipalities vulnerable to flooding, extreme temperatures and drought, making practical climate plans more necessary than ever.

Use our Climate Adaptation Maturity Scale to guide your climate plan, no matter what level you’re starting from.

Featured resources
Are you looking for support to take climate action in your municipality? Read these resources.
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Talking it through: Guide for local government staff on climate adaptation

Do you need help having climate conversations in your municipality? Check out our Talking it Through guide. This resource was created to help municipal staff talk to decision-makers.

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Tool: Assess flood risk and develop sustainable management plans

See how several communities in Petite-Nation River region in Quebec worked together to address flooding and develop helpful tools.

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Aquifer capability and groundwater vulnerability delineation and mapping

Learn  how the Rural Municipality of Springfield, Manitoba mapped and analyzed its groundwater vulnerability. See how the community plans to protect this resource.

The sandy beaches of Port Burwell.
Port Burwell: Resiliency in stormwater management infrastructure

See how the Port Burwell, Ontario upgraded its stormwater management and treatment system to be more efficient and resilient in the face of climate change.

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Water Square: A Good Way to Mitigate the Impacts of Intense Rainfall in Urban Quebec?

Learn how the Montréal, Quebec developed its first water square. See how the community plans to sustainably manage rainwater and improve citizen quality of life.

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Case studies: Using data to address water infrastructure vulnerabilities

Municipal assets and public services are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, placing local leaders at the frontlines of risk reduction and adaptation.

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Case study: Reducing flood risks in Saint John, NB

To ensure community infrastructure continues to support the municipal services that residents rely on every day, the City of Saint John, New Brunswick follows a broad, multi-faceted approach to climate change.

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Case study: Assessing vulnerabilities to climate impacts

Read this case study to learn about how the Town of Ajax, Ontario, identified vulnerabilities to climate impacts to help them better prepare for the future.

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Case study: Climate change adaptation, drought, and disaster management

After major drought events occurred in two rural towns in the Pembina Valley, Manitoba in 2017, the Pembina Valley Water Cooperative put MCIP funding into action to create a plan to adapt to climate change and mitigate the impacts of climate change events.

Program initiatives
Are you interested in learning how municipalities are adapting to climate change in their communities? Check out these FCM programs and initiatives.
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Climate adaptation partners

Funding partner organizations so they can provide training, guidance and learning activities to municipalities as they adapt to the effects of climate change.

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The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a five-year $75-million program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

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