Up to $1 Million Available for Climate Adaptation Improvements

The Local Leadership for Climate Adaptation Initiative (LLCA) supports Canadian municipalities in adapting to climate change and building long-term resiliency. The initiative provides funding and skills development under three distinct streams:

Funding INformation

  1. Adaptation in Action

    • Aims to increase the implementation of equitable climate adaptation actions.
    • Funding available for both implementation projects and feasibility studies until August 14, 2024.
  2. Climate-Ready Plans and Processes

    • Focuses on integrating equitable and inclusive climate resilience into municipal plans, processes, and management systems, such as asset management systems planning.
    • Funding available starting Fall 2024.
  3. Financing Adaptation

    • Encourages the use of new financing models by Canadian municipalities to finance climate adaptation capital projects.
    • Funding available starting Spring 2025.


  • Community Development
  • Reduce Pollution
  • Improve Energy Efficiency
Eligibility Criteria

Adaptation in Action Stream

Eligible Implementation Projects:

  1. Cooling/Warming Infrastructure:

    • Installing, retrofitting, or upgrading public cooling/warming infrastructure to reduce community vulnerability to extreme temperatures (e.g., designated cooling/warming centres, cooling corridors, naturalized areas).
  2. Hazard Exposure Reduction:

    • Incremental operations to use existing assets to reduce hazard exposure during severe events (e.g., running heating/cooling centres) over a period of up to 18 months.
  3. Climate-Resilient Design:

    • Incremental costs associated with improving the design of a capital project to incorporate climate-resilient elements.
  4. Enhanced Municipal Services:

    • Enhancing municipal service levels to respond to climate risks.
  5. Backup Power Installation:

    • Installing backup power on critical infrastructure/facilities.
  6. Infrastructure Relocation:

    • Relocating municipal infrastructure to safer areas.
  7. Upgrading Public Structures:

    • Installing, retrofitting, or upgrading public structures or critical infrastructure for municipal service provision to reduce risks associated with climate hazards.
  8. FireSmart Activities:

    • FireSmart-aligned vegetative management or vegetation-based wildfire risk mitigation activities.
  9. Flood Protection:

    • Installing, retrofitting, or upgrading structural flood protection or stormwater collection works (e.g., sponge parks, flood conveyance works, pump stations, flood walls, flood boxes, debris catchment structures, jetties, detention ponds).
  10. Floodplain Restoration:

    • Dam, dike, or channel decommissioning and floodplain restoration.
  11. Wetland Restoration:

    • Wetland restoration or construction.
  12. Aquifer Recharge:

    • Rehabilitating important aquifer recharge areas.
  13. Green Infrastructure:

    • Installing, retrofitting, or upgrading green infrastructure (e.g., rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs, permeable pavement).
  14. Shoreline Rehabilitation:

    • Restoring natural shoreline protection through natural infrastructure, beach nourishment, and/or bank stabilization.
  15. Slope Stabilization:

    • Slope stabilization projects that reduce the risk of debris flow, particularly in fire-impacted areas.

Eligible Feasibility Studies:

  1. Feasibility Studies for Climate Adaptation Projects:
    • Conducting studies to determine the viability and potential impacts of proposed climate adaptation projects.
August 14th, 2024, at 11:59 pm

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