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Quebec launches new $40M Municipal Climate Program

Quebec launches new $40M Municipal Climate Program

The push to develop more sustainable and resilient communities in Canada continues with the launch of a new $40 million Municipal Climate Program by the Government of Quebec. This is a big week for climate change adaptation efforts in Canada as municipalities work to complete applications for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) Climate Change Staff Grant. Under the umbrella of the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), FCM's Climate Change Staff Grants will provide successful applicants with $125,000 over two years to support the salary of a municipal staff member responsible for GHG emissions reduction planning and/or climate change adaptation. The deadline for MCIP Staff Grant applications is June 29th.

Meanwhile in Ontario, municipalities are working towards the deadline for the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund (July 13th), which will provide successful applicants with up to $10 million to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in any sector, including buildings, energy supply, water, transportation, waste, and organics. In Quebec, the newly announced funding is part of Phase 2 of the Municipal Climate Program, with $40 million in funding to be allocated to municipalities by December 31, 2020. The funding will flow through the following two streams:

  • Stream 1 - $5 million will be dispersed for conducting analyzes or studies to support GHG reduction and climate change adaptation projects, with a maximum of $50,000 per project. Municipalities can submit applications on an ongoing basis until the funding envelope is exhausted. 
  • Stream 2 - $35 million will be dispersed for conducting pilot projects enabling the testing of techniques or social innovations aimed at combating climate change (green infrastructure, resilient development, green technologies), with a maximum of $1 million per project. Project applications will be received by the province through three calls: the first call deadline is now open and will close October 5th, the second call will open spring of 2019, and the third call will open spring of 2020. 


The Government of Canada is supporting climate change adaptation efforts at the local level through FCM. In addition to MCIP Staff Grants, FCM is supporting municipal innovation in both climate change adaptation and asset management through its Climate Change and Asset Management Network (CAMN). Participating municipalities (there are 19 in the second cycle of the CAMN program) receive funding and support in the development of cutting-edge strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and manage their infrastructure assets more efficiently and sustainably. CAMN participants also benefit from working within a peer group, learning from the strategies being developed by the other CAMN communities. FCM has indicated that it will open a third intake for CAMN participants likely in 2019. 

With competing grant application deadlines and complex application requirements, PSD is assisting municipalities across Canada with the completion of their grant applications. With more than 15 years of experience researching and analyzing municipal funding requirements, provincial and federal grant programs, and municipal infrastructure management strategies, PSD's policy team brings a wealth of insight to its grant writing services. So far in 2018, PSD has secured more than $3.6 million in grant funding for its municipal clients. Contact our policy team today to discuss your grant application needs. Also, contact us if you're interested in submitting a case study or thought leadership piece for our Q4 issue of the Public Sector Digest "Green and Resilient Communities."