Federation of Canadian Municipalities & Eco-West
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal governments across Canada since 1901. With over 2,000 members, the FCM today represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. Its members include Canada’s largest cities, small urban and rural communities, as well as 21 provincial and territorial municipal associations.
Since 2006, the FCM and CDEM (Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities) have been collaborating on an informal basis to support Manitoba municipalities in accessing and progressing through the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. This close partnership has included providing advice to the CDEM in how municipalities can access the FCM’s Green Municipal Fund, the joint delivery of workshops in the province, the exchange of information as well as outreach to Manitoba municipalities.
The model described above continues to be successful to this day, although its activities eventually extended beyond the core mandate of the CDEM and, in April of 2014, was broadened into the arms-length project called Eco-West (based at the CDEM in St. Boniface, MB), a joint initiative of the four Francophone Economic Development Organisations (FEDOs) that are located in Western Canada.
Eco-West’s mandate is to get rural communities involved in the greening of their local economies through the creation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories and the development of Climate Change Local Action Plans (CCLAPs), supporting municipalities that are seeking green technology commercialization opportunities, attracting foreign direct investments and training a skilled workforce. It continues to work closely with the FCM to help municipalities obtain the advice and funding to enable them to achieve their goals in the area of sustainable development.