Livable cities forum

Conversations for an inclusive future

October 3-5, 2022

Victoria, B.C.

Day Two


7:30 – 8:30 am


8:30 – 10:00 am


Multi-level government solutions - Plenary

Collaboration and cooperation are more important than ever to achieving climate goals. Reaching net zero commitments, improving long term resilience, adapting to immediate impacts and doing so in ways that are equitable and inclusive has required new ways of working together. Breaking down the silos of administration, jurisdiction, profession and perception will support the transitions needed to achieve those climate commitments. In this plenary you will hear from some of our local leaders on how they have been working with partners, networks and their constituents to achieve this change. Learn about federal directions in the National Adaptation Strategy and Net Zero strategy. Complementary results from investments by Infrastructure Canada to the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program will highlight bridges of partnership that have been built between the federal government, municipalities and community organizations.

10:00 – 10:30 am

Networking break

10:30 – 12:00 pm

Concurrent sessions

Integrating Western Climate Science and Indigenous Knowledges in Climate Change Action

For Canadians to build and improve resilience to climate change impacts, it is essential to continually develop and update climate change information that can guide adaptation strategies and action. A thoughtful approach to mobilize information and knowledge consists of both adequate translation of scientific knowledge and accurate translation of Indigenous Knowledge Systems. In this session, combining both presentations and an interactive group discussion, we will focus on how climate change adaptation knowledge is developed, and how to build the capacity and incentive to both create and act on it.

Municipal Leadership for Inclusive and Livable Communities

How can cities better protect and support citizens during periods of transition? Explore how local governments are taking action on climate change while utilizing equitable solutions. This session will dive into opportunites that address a just transition and meeting housing needs. Join in this inclusive conversation as community leaders work to create livable cities.

Municipalities for Climate Innovation World Café

Communities across Canada have accessed the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program delivered by FCM over the past five years to develop tools, projects, plans and networks.  Come to this World Café session to learn about some of the resources that remain available to help your community.  Municipal staff and partner organization experts who developed specific projects or tools will be on hand to demonstrate, share experience and answer questions. 

12:00 – 1:30 PM


1:30 – 3:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Engaging Equitably: Understanding the Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Climate Action

Climate action in the community means much more than counting and managing greenhouse gas emissions, although this is hugely important. It means adjusting our choices, habits, and attitudes. Responding to climate change affect how we live, work, and participate in our communities; ensuring that all voices are heard and equitably included is crucial as we plan for our shared future. In this session, three context setting presentations will be followed by a non-hierarchical dialogue where audience and panel members are merged to discuss the role of equity, diversity and inclusion in climate action.

Gender and City Design – The Ignored 51% in Infrastructure and Urban Planning

Cities and the way they are designed are not gender-neutral. Only 20% of mayors around the world are women, and a majority of technical work and infrastructure design has been historically considered a male domain. The result is that cities have been designed by men, systemically neglecting the needs and lived experiences of women and gender diverse people. In this highly interactive session, through a scenario-based discussion, participants will look at challenges and opportunities to develop cities that work for everyone.

Building a Business Case for Action: Understanding the Costs of Climate Change

Across Canada, extreme weather events – such as wildfires, flooding, heat waves, and storms – have caused billions of dollars in economic damages annually. Information on the economic consequences of climate change, as well as on the costs and benefits of adaptation interventions is increasingly being demanded by decision-makers at all scales. While of course the economic costs are of paramount importance, the costs to human health and well-being, as well as to the natural environment, must also be considered in order to allocate public resources for climate adaptation, and to ensure that these resources are directed towards the most efficient actions. This session, bringing together researchers and municipal practitioners, will present information on the tools and methodologies that can be used to understand the costs of climate change and the strategies of how to build a local business case for action.

3:30 – 4:00 pm

Networking Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Net-zero for All: Promoting Community and Indigenous Energy Transition

Net-zero for all means no one is left behind and the benefits of the emerging net-zero economy are equitably distributed. How do we promote community and Indigenous energy transition while keeping true to these core principles? In this session we will include speakers from both Indigenous communities and municipalities working towards the renewable energy transition while also prioritizing equity considerations. Join this session to gain insights and promising practices from these trailblazers.

From Planning to Action: Bridging the Implementation Gap

While developing adaptation plans is an important process, and one that is capable of delivering positive outcomes, it can also overestimate the ability of planning to deliver the indented outcomes of adaptation – namely a reduction of risk from extreme weather or other weather-related hazards. Hear from municipal practitioners about the drivers and constraints to implementation, as well as how they have used available funding, tools, and resources to help implement adaptation and resilience actions on the ground.

Neighbourhood Level Action to Build Climate Resilience

Climate change is happening now. As the globe continues to warm, extreme weather events will continue to threaten and impact communities, infrastructure and people worldwide and across Canada. To be resilient, people and their communities must be able to anticipate, accommodate, and positively adapt to or thrive amidst changing climate conditions and extreme weather events. The way we experience resilience differs by setting, facility, and neighbourhood; Due to a history of marginalization and disinvestment, Indigenous people, people of colour, immigrants, refugees, and lower-income populations experience increased exposure and sensitivity to climate hazards and a reduced capacity to adapt. This session will explore collaborative projects that are taking action to build stronger, safer, and more resilient neighbourhoods for everyone. Panelists will present promising practices of where these activities are taking place and share insights what is working and where there are still challenges to be addressed. Presented ideas will then be put into practice while participants work with peers to develop neighbourhood-level actions to bring back to communities.

6:00 – 8:00pm

Dinner & Drinks

Local Food Celebration

Join us outside for this for this lively and fun evening of local food and drinks! Hosted at Phillip’s Brewery, offering a variety of beverages (both alcoholic and non), delegates will come together to mingle and network and enjoy a delicious line up of food from an assortment of local vendors. Live entertainment will be provided showcasing the vitality of Victoria’s art and culture!


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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