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Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

Climate change adaptation plans funding

We provide grants to municipalities to assess the vulnerability of infrastructure and assets to climate change impacts, as well as develop plans to adapt to climate change and extreme weather-related events.

On this page, find information about the types of initiatives that are eligible for funding, who can apply, available funding, eligible and ineligible costs, deadlines, as well as the application form and supporting documents.  

Eligible initiatives

We provide funding for:

  • Climate change risk and vulnerability assessments
  • Climate change risk response plans

We will also fund a combination of climate change risk and vulnerability assessments and climate change risk response plans.

Requirements

The plans should outline:

  • Specific tasks and who will accomplish them
  • A timeline for implementation
  • Estimated costs

Climate change risk and vulnerability assessments

These assessments help municipalities identify risks, understand their vulnerability to local climate change impacts and identify priority areas for action. Actions identified in the plan may relate to an asset, a group of assets, a neighbourhood or to the entire municipality.

These assessments can:

  • Evaluate the vulnerability of an asset (e.g. a building), a group of assets (e.g. stormwater infrastructure) or communities (e.g. a neighbourhood) to climate change risks.
  • Focus on multiple scales, including an asset or group of assets (e.g. a water treatment plant), a neighbourhood, an ecosystem (e.g. a watershed), a community (e.g. a town) or a region.
  • Be broad in scope, respond to multiple risks or be specific to a particular risk such as a flood management plan.  

Examples of eligible assessments

  • Evaluating potential impacts of flooding on a municipality's assets.
  • Evaluating the role of natural assets (e.g. forest, aquifers, wetlands) in reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts and proposing strategies to enhance their performance. 
  • Creating a stormwater management plan for a region, neighbourhood, or site. 

Climate change risk response plans

These plans aim to:

  • Reduce the impact of specific climate change risks (e.g. flooding, water scarcity, extreme temperatures) over time on a neighbourhood, city or regional scale.
  • Manage the delivery of services during a climate-related disaster (e.g. flooding, wildfires, ice storm) on a neighbourhood, city or regional scale.

Specifically, these plans can:

  • Identify climate trends and projections for a community or region.
  • Identify potential climate change impacts and points of vulnerability for a community, an asset or a group of assets.
  • Identify adaptation options related to infrastructure, or through policies, plans and process changes.
  • Engage community or local stakeholders in understanding climate risks and acceptable levels of service for different assets.
  • Respond to a priority climate risk identified in a risk assessment plan or equivalent.
  • Improve the performance, recovery or delivery of a municipal infrastructure-related service in the case of an extreme climate-related event.

Examples of eligible plans

  • Creating emergency preparedness plans in response to potential climate change impacts.
  • Creating flood preparedness plans.
  • Creating community wildfire protection plans.
  • Proposing strategies to improve community resilience to climate change risks while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Who can apply

  • Municipal governments*
  • Municipal partners working in partnership with a municipal government*, which include:

    • Certain Indigenous communities that have a shared service agreement with a municipal government related to infrastructure, climate change mitigation or climate change adaptation.
    • Regional, provincial or territorial organizations delivering municipal services.
    • Not-for-profit organizations.

Note: Private sector entities are not eligible as municipal partners.

*Climate change grants are currently available to Quebec municipalities only. Learn more about climate change funding grants available to municipalities throughout the rest of Canada, as well as how to apply.

Funding available

  • Grants of up to $125,000
  • Funding for to 80 per cent of eligible costs

Application deadline

Applications are accepted until October 12, 2018. Limited funding is available. 

How to apply

  1. Review eligible and ineligible costs
    Learn about the eligible and ineligible costs that can be included in the budget of your application. 

    Note: Costs associated with preparing an application for this grant are not eligible for reimbursement.
  2. Review the project scorecard with evaluation criteria for self-assessment
    Download the appropriate project scorecard for this grant and refer to it as you fill out your application. This will help strengthen your responses to each question.
  3. Complete the budget and workplan template
    Review and complete the budget and workplan template to include in your application. You will be directed to upload this Excel document as you complete the application form.
  4. Complete the application form
    Download the application form for this grant: Climate change adaptation plans.

Review the system requirements and instructions for using FCM's application forms, including details on how to submit your application.

Application review timeline and approval process

Learn more about the application review process, including timelines for approvals and funding decisions.

Quebec municipalities

FCM has an agreement with Quebec's Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT) that allows the ministry to review applications to MCIP before they are submitted to FCM. Quebec municipalities applying for funding from MCIP must follow the process below to submit their application to MAMOT.

Once you have completed all the steps in the How to apply section, submit your application by following the steps below.

Note that the content of the links is available in French only.     

  1. Save your application form using the appropriate file name
    Save the application form to your local device with the following filename: MIC_ "your municipality's name"_ "date" (YYMMDD). For example: MIC_TownofABC_180228.pdf      
  2. Login to the Portail gouvernemental des affaires municipales et régionales using your username and password. Select the program, "MAMOT - Programme Municipalités pour l'innovation climatique." 
  3. Upload and submit the application form through the portal. Note this is an external site. 
  4. Receive confirmation from MAMOT
    MAMOT assesses the applications to ensure that the projects submitted do not conflict with Quebec's government policies and directives. Once the assessment has been completed, MAMOT informs the applicant of their decision and sends compliant applications to MCIP for review.

    MAMOT requires up to 20 working days to review the application and forward it to MCIP.    
  5. Receive approval from MCIP
    MCIP will inform the applicant once they receive the application from MAMOT and review the submission. If the application is approved for funding, an agreement between FCM and the applicant is prepared.

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The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a five-year, $75-million program designed to encourage Canadian municipalities to better prepare for and adapt to the new realities of climate change as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
Page Updated: 12/06/2018