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September 8, 2022
Ottawa – Municipalities are on the front lines of new climate extremes. Municipal leaders know what their communities need, and they know what works on the ground. Today, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) shared concrete proposals to protect Canadians and communities of all sizes across the country from the impacts of climate change. These recommendations are designed to inform the ongoing development of the federal government’s National Adaptation Strategy (NAS).
For several years in a row, record-breaking heatwaves, flooding, and devastating wildfires have wreaked havoc on homes, businesses, and communities. These extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and severe, and Canada is not prepared to face them. There is an urgent need to ramp up our efforts to better understand and mitigate climate risks both short and long term across the country, especially for the communities that are most at risk.
“Local leaders are already making the most of available tools to protect their residents,” said FCM President Taneen Rudyk. “As frontline governments, we’re driving local adaptation projects that are cutting GHG emissions and making communities more resilient to the next flood or fire—while improving residents’ access to nature. But the levels of funding and planning right now are nowhere near where they need to be to protect Canadians from what’s coming.”
FCM’s recommendations follow four overarching themes and represent a bold vision on how the federal government and municipal governments can lead efforts: through strong partnerships, smart investments, and an equity centered and open approach to collaboration and reconciliation.
“It’s time for bold action. With the right tools, municipalities are ready to do more. Protecting Canadians from climate change takes ongoing investment directly in our communities—where new weather extremes and climate conditions are unfolding,” said Rudyk. “Past investments in disaster mitigation and adaptation were welcome, but the needs on the ground are much greater and we need to be ready for what the future holds. We’re eager to strengthen the federal municipal partnership to better protect our communities.”
Read FCM’s recommendations for the National Adaptation Strategy.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) unites more than 2,000 local governments at the national level, representing more than 90 per cent of Canadians in every province and territory.
For more information: FCM Media Relations, (613) 907-6395, email@example.com