Strong programs through national and international partnerships
Partnerships with organizations improve value and impact of FCM programsFCM, through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF), delivers many programs in partnership with external organizations. These partnerships enable FCM to increase the value and impact of its programs, and to make them accessible to more municipalities. During 2016–2017, FCM strengthened its relationships with three partners to improve the capacity of municipalities to plan and implement sustainability projects.
Stronger relationships with external organizations result in improved capacity for municipal sustainability projects
ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability
FCM and ICLEI collaborate to help municipalities take effective action against climate change. Founded as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives in 1990, ICLEI is an international association of local governments and organizations committed to sustainable development.
Central to the partnership is FCM’s Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, the Canadian component of ICLEI’s global Cities for Climate Protection. During 2016–2017, 31 municipalities joined the program, bringing the total number of participants to 319.
By partnering with ICLEI, FCM is able to provide municipalities with the support they need to complete the five milestones at the heart of PCP. Through PCP, Canadian municipalities complete a series of steps: create greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, set realistic GHG reduction targets, develop local action plans, implement those plans, and commit to ongoing improvements based on recorded results. FCM shares the lessons learned by PCP participants with other municipalities and facilitates collaboration among PCP members.
EcoWest is a non-profit organization that helps communities across Canada design and implement sustainability projects. The organization has worked with more than 80 communities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
During the mid-2000s, several communities began to participate in FCM’s Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program through the Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities. PCP proved to be particularly popular among small communities across the Prairies. EcoWest was created to meet rising demand. Based in Winnipeg, EcoWest works with a number of partners across Canada, including municipal associations and francophone economic-development organizations.
In 2014, EcoWest and FCM expanded their partnership. Together, they deliver joint workshops and provide the support that communities need to create GHG inventories, climate change action plans and other sustainability projects. During 2016–2017, 20 communities came on board. The partnership with EcoWest enables FCM to expand the reach of its sustainability programs.
Canadian Network of Asset Managers
FCM and the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) partner to address a key challenge facing Canadian municipalities: the renewal of community infrastructure. Much of this country's community infrastructure — roads, water and wastewater systems, arenas and more — is either past or near the end of its life cycle. Asset management involves a broad, holistic and long-term approach to infrastructure renewal.
Decisions about maintaining, upgrading and building infrastructure are based on a full analysis of all relevant factors, including capital and ongoing costs, and environmental, social and community impacts. CNAM is Canada's hub of asset-management expertise.
FCM partnered with CNAM to increase the reach and application of best practices from its Leadership in Asset Management Program (LAMP), the peer-learning initiative launched in 2015 and expanded in 2016, and its Municipal Asset Management Program, launched in 2017. The CNAM-FCM partnership remains strong and continues to build the knowledge base and expertise needed for Canadian municipalities to deliver the services that residents need.