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FCM’s programs and advocacy help secure new tools that empower municipalities to build stronger communities of all sizes. Explore below to find out what’s new with us.

Tool: Climate adaptation maturity scale

Is your municipality being impacted by climate change through events such as flooding, permafrost melt, extreme temperatures and drought? Are you working to respond to these impacts or looking to get started? Assess your current practices and track improvement using FCM's Climate Adaptation Maturity Scale. 

MCIP Climate Adaptation Maturity Scale


Download and complete the scale to measure your progress as you develop and implement a local adaptation plan, or incorporate climate change risk planning into your asset management and municipal plans. FCM's maturity scale is an evaluation tool that will help you:

  • Evaluate how your community incorporates climate adaptation into policy, staffing, and managing risks within projects and teams.
  • Identify practical outcomes to achieve in each area to move your municipality to the next level, no matter where you are starting from.
  • Quickly identify areas for potential improvement in your municipality's current climate change adaptation practices.
  • Advance along a pace that suits your community's needs, size and resources.

This tool is for Canadian communities and cities of all sizes working to adapt to climate change at any stage. Municipalities that receive MCIP funding to work on climate adaptation will be required to measure and report on their progress using this scale.

Download the Climate adaptation maturity scale.

Download the accessible version. 

Tool: Climate adaptation maturity scale

Is your municipality being impacted by climate change through events such as flooding, permafrost melt, extreme temperatures and drought? Are you working to respond to these impacts or looking to get started? Assess your current practices and track improvement using FCM's Climate Adaptation Maturity Scale. 

MCIP Climate Adaptation Maturity Scale


Download and complete the scale to measure your progress as you develop and implement a local adaptation plan, or incorporate climate change risk planning into your asset management and municipal plans. FCM's maturity scale is an evaluation tool that will help you:

  • Evaluate how your community incorporates climate adaptation into policy, staffing, and managing risks within projects and teams.
  • Identify practical outcomes to achieve in each area to move your municipality to the next level, no matter where you are starting from.
  • Quickly identify areas for potential improvement in your municipality's current climate change adaptation practices.
  • Advance along a pace that suits your community's needs, size and resources.

This tool is for Canadian communities and cities of all sizes working to adapt to climate change at any stage. Municipalities that receive MCIP funding to work on climate adaptation will be required to measure and report on their progress using this scale.

Download the Climate adaptation maturity scale.

Download the accessible version. 

Tool: Climate adaptation maturity scale

Is your municipality being impacted by climate change through events such as flooding, permafrost melt, extreme temperatures and drought? Are you working to respond to these impacts or looking to get started? Assess your current practices and track improvement using FCM's Climate Adaptation Maturity Scale. 

MCIP Climate Adaptation Maturity Scale


Download and complete the scale to measure your progress as you develop and implement a local adaptation plan, or incorporate climate change risk planning into your asset management and municipal plans. FCM's maturity scale is an evaluation tool that will help you:

  • Evaluate how your community incorporates climate adaptation into policy, staffing, and managing risks within projects and teams.
  • Identify practical outcomes to achieve in each area to move your municipality to the next level, no matter where you are starting from.
  • Quickly identify areas for potential improvement in your municipality's current climate change adaptation practices.
  • Advance along a pace that suits your community's needs, size and resources.

This tool is for Canadian communities and cities of all sizes working to adapt to climate change at any stage. Municipalities that receive MCIP funding to work on climate adaptation will be required to measure and report on their progress using this scale.

Download the Climate adaptation maturity scale.

Download the accessible version. 

Tool: Climate adaptation maturity scale

Is your municipality being impacted by climate change through events such as flooding, permafrost melt, extreme temperatures and drought? Are you working to respond to these impacts or looking to get started? Assess your current practices and track improvement using FCM's Climate Adaptation Maturity Scale. 

MCIP Climate Adaptation Maturity Scale


Download and complete the scale to measure your progress as you develop and implement a local adaptation plan, or incorporate climate change risk planning into your asset management and municipal plans. FCM's maturity scale is an evaluation tool that will help you:

  • Evaluate how your community incorporates climate adaptation into policy, staffing, and managing risks within projects and teams.
  • Identify practical outcomes to achieve in each area to move your municipality to the next level, no matter where you are starting from.
  • Quickly identify areas for potential improvement in your municipality's current climate change adaptation practices.
  • Advance along a pace that suits your community's needs, size and resources.

This tool is for Canadian communities and cities of all sizes working to adapt to climate change at any stage. Municipalities that receive MCIP funding to work on climate adaptation will be required to measure and report on their progress using this scale.

Download the Climate adaptation maturity scale.

Download the accessible version. 

Community Branding and Marketing - A tool for local economic development

Community Branding and Marketing - A tool for local economic developmentThis learning module and toolkit focuses on community branding and marketing—an important part of any local economic development strategy. The curriculum highlights the methodology and processes necessary to identify, articulate and launch a community brand. Developed in collaboration with overseas partners, the curriculum is based on best practices and the real-life experience of Canadian and other communities worldwide. It has now been taught and implemented in numerous partner cities.


This learning module and toolkit provides a self-guided learning experience using PowerPoint presentations, international and Canadian case studies, video footage and other resources. We encourage you to work through the content at your own pace, using whatever elements are applicable to your needs. Keep in mind that community branding and marketing is only a part of, and must be soundly rooted in, a comprehensive LED strategy.

 

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Community Branding and Marketing - A tool for local economic development

Community Branding and Marketing - A tool for local economic developmentThis learning module and toolkit focuses on community branding and marketing—an important part of any local economic development strategy. The curriculum highlights the methodology and processes necessary to identify, articulate and launch a community brand. Developed in collaboration with overseas partners, the curriculum is based on best practices and the real-life experience of Canadian and other communities worldwide. It has now been taught and implemented in numerous partner cities.


This learning module and toolkit provides a self-guided learning experience using PowerPoint presentations, international and Canadian case studies, video footage and other resources. We encourage you to work through the content at your own pace, using whatever elements are applicable to your needs. Keep in mind that community branding and marketing is only a part of, and must be soundly rooted in, a comprehensive LED strategy.

 

Request this resource

Would you like to receive this resource by email? Contact us today. In your request, please include the full name of the resource.

Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

Published: April 2018 - PDF (1.2 MB)

Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

A roadmap for Canadian local governments

Canadians care about the impact of cannabis legalization and municipal governments will be the first place they turn to if they have concerns. Developing the rules and processes that will govern the legalization of non-medical cannabis is a complex task. Municipalities will need to make critical decisions about how and when to write new bylaws on a range of issues including land use planning, business licensing and public consumption.

FCM designed the Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization to provide an overview of the work ahead for local governments and offer both policy and regulatory options to choose from. It will take coordinated effort from all orders of government to ensure that Canadians are safe and well-served during the process of cannabis legalization. This guide can help communities get it right.

Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

Published: April 2018 - PDF (1.2 MB)

Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization

A roadmap for Canadian local governments

Canadians care about the impact of cannabis legalization and municipal governments will be the first place they turn to if they have concerns. Developing the rules and processes that will govern the legalization of non-medical cannabis is a complex task. Municipalities will need to make critical decisions about how and when to write new bylaws on a range of issues including land use planning, business licensing and public consumption.

FCM designed the Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization to provide an overview of the work ahead for local governments and offer both policy and regulatory options to choose from. It will take coordinated effort from all orders of government to ensure that Canadians are safe and well-served during the process of cannabis legalization. This guide can help communities get it right.

Cannabis legalization: Municipalities key to keeping Canadians safe and well-served

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) President Vicki-May Hamm issued the following statement to mark the legalization of non-medical cannabis across Canada today.

“Today marks a significant shift in how our society operates. From public safety to retail services, to transit and labour law, keeping Canadians safe and well-served in a world of legal cannabis will require significant coordination among all orders of government.

“Local governments are on the front lines of cannabis legalization. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has been helping cities and communities get ready nationwide by providing tools and engaging our various partners. We also know that keeping Canadians safe and well-served will require a clear framework for sharing the costs that come with this new policy.

“Legalization has operational and cost implications for as many as 17 municipal departments. This is why the federal government also released half of its share of cannabis excise tax revenues to provinces and territories—to support municipalities. Yet, only three provinces have revealed plans to share those funds with local governments. Too many of our members across Canada do not have any clarity on how cannabis costs will be covered through provincial revenue sharing frameworks. As the lead on cannabis legalization, the Government of Canada will need to ensure adequate revenue-sharing plans are in place and municipalities are made whole for the costs of this federal policy.

“In September 2017, the federal government also committed $81 million to help our local police services manage a reality of legal cannabis—including through training and technology to tackle drug-impaired driving. Yet as legalization day comes and goes, we are still waiting for details on how this support will flow.

“Local governments have been hard at work changing bylaws, building capacity and engaging citizens to get ready for legalization. Canadians can count on local leaders to be ready to adapt to challenges on the road ahead. One challenge we cannot tackle alone, however, is ensuring local costs are fully and sustainably covered for this new federal initiative.

“Safe and effective cannabis legalization requires collaboration across orders of government and municipalities are ready to do their part. We all need to work together to get this right.”

Vicki-May Hamm is President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of Magog, Quebec. FCM is the national voice of local government, with nearly 2,000 members representing more than 90 per cent of Canada’s population.

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Statement from Mayor Don Iveson, Chair of FCM’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus

“To see a Canadian province invoke the Notwithstanding Clause to change the size of a city council, in the middle of an election campaign, is unprecedented. On behalf of FCM’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus, I am offering full support to the City of Toronto’s efforts to protect local democracy.

“Canadians are now stuck in a Constitutional debate, when we have not even tested the limits of how governments can work together within the Constitution. The levers to modernize the relationship already exist.

“Certainly, there is nothing unconstitutional about sitting down together to talk about solving problems, funding cities mandates directly, and creating a forum where municipal governments address our nation’s challenges with their provincial and federal counterparts as equals. It just takes political will from every order of government.

“Mayors are pragmatists. Every day, municipal governments are delivering city-based solutions to national challenges, from economic productivity to public safety. And increasingly, Canadians expect us to share the lead on emerging challenges—from stemming the opioid crisis, to building innovative economies, to settling new Canadians in our communities. 

“It is time for a mature, modern conversation about how we work together to make life better for Canadians. Canada’s mayors are ready.”

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal governments, with nearly 2,000 members representing more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population.

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