Livable cities forum

Conversations for an inclusive future

October 3-5, 2022

Victoria, B.C.

Day three

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

7:30 – 8:30 am


8:30 – 10:00 am

Concurrent sessions

Planning for "Place" not "Space": Conversations on the Role of Planning in Building Social Connections

More and more, there is a sense of the disappearance of “neighbourliness” in our communities. Building social connections, that feeling of knowing your neighbours, engaging in purposeful activities, and feeling a strong sense of belonging – can not only improve one’s quality of life, but can also help individuals be more safe and resilient when there are strong connections to each other. But what is the role of local governments in facilitating this? How does land-use and the way we design and build our communities foster or hinder neighbourliness? And what is the relationship between better social connections and climate resilience? Join us for this session exploring the role of local government in building stronger social connections and participate in a hands-on activity to map out opportunities for further action.

Building the New Urban Agenda: Listening to the Local

Since March 2020 CUI has worked with partners across Canada to host a national program called CUIxLOCAL. Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Windsor and Halifax were the first to host discussions and events that brought together diverse perspectives and experience, to discuss what was working, what wasn’t, and what was next for their cities. Reports from each are laying the foundations for a new urban agenda – what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next for Canadian cities? With key community partners including Chambers of Commerce and public libraries, local governments and dynamic community-based organizations, how can we mobilize cross sectoral, diverse partnerships that bring local challenges and solutions to the attention of provincial and federal policy makers and funders?

WELL Cities - Fostering Resilience, Equity and Community Wellbeing

Launching in early 2023, the WELL City program will support and empower local governments that demonstrate leadership to advance health, well-being, and social equity in their communities. This program will recognize local leadership action on topics such as food justice, reimagining public spaces, resilient building infrastructure, micromobility, parks, and more. Attendees of this interactive workshop will learn more about the WELL City framework and draw upon their experiences and insights to contribute input that will help shape the program framework.

8:30 – 10:00 am

Session on the move

Embedding Traditional Knowledge into City and Climate Change Planning

The Lekwungen Walking Tour is hosted by Mark Albany, a well-informed and charismatic member of the Songhees Nation. Join Mark on an enlightening and revealing tour to experience Victoria’s inner harbour and downtown through a Lekwungen lens. Learn about important Lekwungen sites and cultural practices, and about the history of displacement of Indigenous peoples in the creation of the City of Victoria. Through Mark’s words and heart, the tour is a demonstration of the resilience of the Lekwungen speaking peoples and how their thousands of years of knowledge holds lessons for those working on climate adaptation, equity, and resilience-building.

10:00 – 10:30 am

Networking break

10:30 – 12:00 pm

Concurrent sessions

Collaborative, Region Wide Climate and Resilience Planning: A Wise Practices Guide

Not only is regional-scale climate mitigation and adaptation planning possible and effective, it is essential. At an annual Vancouver Island gathering of local elected officials, over 50 people met to discuss the impending threat of climate change to our local governments, communities, and First Nations on Vancouver Island and coastal communities. What would it be like – and what would it take – to create a climate mitigation and adaptation plan for our entire region? This session will share lessons learned, challenges and opportunities, and offers a peak into the final Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Climate Leadership Plan.

Mitigate AND Adapt: Infrastructure in the Age of Climate Change

Can historic investments in the renewal of municipal infrastructure balance the need to reduce GHGs while also helping our communities adapt to climate change? What do municipalities need to know about low carbon, climate resilient development? What role will renewable energy play in building low-carbon and energy resilient communities? Come hear from experts and practitioners how new innovative life cycle tools and decision making processes are helping municipalities close the divide between climate mitigation and adaptation and leverage infrastructure investments to build better, lower carbon and climate resilient communities.


The range of program topics is intended to highlight the need to integrate equity and inclusion into action on climate change mitigation and adaptation.  The program will overlap and interconnect these themes as they are weaved throughout two days of content.  Sessions are uniquely designed to go beyond presentation-style delivery, and include many interactive and engaging workshops, trainings, and discussion forums for more networking and hands-on learning opportunities. Explore the details of each day’s programming using the buttons below!


The Livable Cities Forum is ICLEI Canada's annual event to bring communities together. In 2022, the Forum is being hosted by the City of Victoria in partnership with ICLEI Canada and the Canadian Urban Institute. We provide capacity building, consulting, training, and information services to support local governments in becoming more sustainable.


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