Livable cities forum

Conversations for an inclusive future

October 3-5, 2022

Victoria, B.C.

Frequently asked questions

Registration

What do the registration fees inlcude?

Registration fees give delegates access to all sessions, meals, breaks, and networking events. Please note that registration rates do not include the processing fee and applicable taxes. Both the processing fee and applicable taxes will be added to your registration during checkout. Registration information is provided on our Registration page.

Are there discounts available for registration?

Special rates are available to ICLEI and BARC members, sponsors, speakers, and students, and organizations that send three or more delegates as listed on the Registration page of the website. Although we would love to be able to support reduced or eliminated registration fees, as a nonprofit organization we do not have capacity to offer registration discounts beyond those offered. All registration fees and sponsorships are what cover the hard costs of hosting the conference.

What kind of payments do you accept?

Payments are accepted through all major credit cards online. If payment by cheque is preferred, please contact us to make arrangements before registering online.

Will I receive a receipt?

Yes, you will receive a confirmation email once you register. If you do not receive this email within 24 hours, please check your spam filters as it may have been sent there.

What is your refund policy?

Cancellations before September 16, 2022 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds are available after September 16, 2022 however registrations can be transferred.

Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

If you have registered but are no longer able to attend the conference, you may transfer your registration to someone in your place. Registration transfers can be made anytime before 12:00 pm PT Friday September 30th, 2022. Please contact us to make arrangements. 

Is French registration available?

Online registration is only available in English. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like assistance registering in French.

How can I access Whova online or download the App once I register?

To login to Whova online, visit https://whova.com/portal/webapp/livab_202209/ and sign-in, or click “Sign up here” to create an account using the email you registered with. You can also download the Whova app in the Apple App store or Google Play store to gain access to more features.

Ready to attend the Livable Cities Forum 2022? We will use an online platform called Whova for the event which will let participants view the agenda, plan their personal schedule, access handouts and other resources, receive updates, and much more. 

Use the following link to download the Whova mobile app (available through the Apple app store and Google Play store) or access it from the web platform on desktop: https://whova.com/portal/livab_202209/. Use the same email to login as you did to register for the event. Make sure you choose a strong password. You can also sign up using a social media account. Once you have signed up, you should be taken directly to your event on the app!

If you have already used the Whova app in the past, double-check that it is installed on your phone, and log in using your existing account email and password.If you need more guidance on how to use Whova to attend the event, please visit Whova User Guides.

Program and speakers

Where can I find the presentations and recordings from the 2022 Livable Cities Forum?

Recordings of the 2022 Day 1 and Day 2 plenary sessions are available on ICLEI Canada’s YouTube Channel and on this web page. Presentations, notes, and resources are available on this web page

Will there be options for virtual participation?

As outlined in our LCF 2022 Program, this year’s sessions are uniquely designed as an antidote to the virtual work environment we have all been in for the past 2+ years. We are ensuring that sessions include interactive and engaging workshops, trainings, discussion forums, and many networking and hands-on learning opportunities. Most sessions are designed to allow participants extensive time to interact and dialogue with one another and will not be streamed online.

We will offer a hybrid format of our “Conversations on the Role of Digital in Building More Inclusive Communities” session with Digital Public Square and Evergreen on Day 1. We will also share all recordings, speaker presentations, and key takeaways at the end of October, and will host a free webinar to continue “conversations for an inclusive future” and discuss next steps following the forum. Please note that we previously planned to also livestream and record the “Multi-level government solutions” Plenary on Day 2; however, this option is no longer feasible due to various constraints. 

Sign-up to ICLEI Canada’s email list to stay informed about LCF 2022, be the first to find out when recordings and presentation are available, and join us for the free follow-up virtual webinar. Visit http://eepurl.com/gsaEaH.

Will this be a bilingual event?

We are pleased to include several french elements woven throughout the LCF experience.

  • All event information is available on the French version of this website.
  • Simultaneous translation will be available in one of the concurrent session rooms as part of Tuesday’s program (Day 2).
  • All sessions will include a French-designated breakout table in order to facilitate participation during the interactive component of sessions.
  • We will then end the in-person Forum on Wednesday (Day 3) with a facilitated discussion for French participants to hear about your experience, talk about needs/gaps, and plan for next steps in-terms of peer-exchange climate action learning.
Who will be speaking at the event?

The 2022 Livable Cities Forum program offers perspectives from more than 80 speakers, facilitators, workshop hosts, and panelists from across Canada. We are working hard to convene diverse speakers who can share stories, innovative ideas, and lessons learned on the program themes and engage in thoughtful, valuable dialogue with delegates. Speaker bios are being added to our Speaker Page on an ongoing basis. Check back often as more speakers are announced!

Can I speak at the event or make a recommendation for a speaker?

There is no open call for speakers for this event. If you would like to share information or make a speaker recommendation for a specific session, please contact rena.viehbeck@iclei.org with your request. Otherwise, consider sponsoring a session or contact us to explore possible benefits that could come along with sponsorship.

Venue and location

Where is the 2022 Livable Cities Forum being held?

The 2022 Livable Cities Forum will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas St, Victoria, BC). Steps from the historic Empress Hotel, the Victoria Conference Centre is a beautiful venue with the best of the city at its doorstep.

Why is the forum an in-person event?

LCF 2022 provides a needed and timely space in which people can come together to have meaningful conversations surrounding sustainability and equity, diversity and inclusion. LCF provides a valuable opportunity for climate leaders, practitioners, and innovators to share experiences, strategies, and lessons learned in advancing low carbon community resilience. It also allows people to have candid conversations, strengthen relationships, build support networks, and make connections in a way that is not always possible online. 

As outlined in our LCF 2022 Program, this year’s sessions are uniquely designed as an antidote to the virtual work environment we have all been in for the past 2+ years and we are ensuring that all workshops are engaging in a way that would not be possible via a webinar. We are also offering the opportunity to explore the beauty of Victoria and the surrounding area through Sessions on the Move, and see how it has become a leading city in sustainable design and climate action.

The decision to make this year’s LCF an in-person event was not taken lightly. We weighed the pros and cons of different options and continue to explore ways to incorporate hybrid components into the event.

The LCF 2022 event is also being designed with sustainability practices at its core. We recognize the environmental impact of travel, especially air travel, and its counter effect to our sustainability goals. Therefore, we encourage those who will be emitting carbon as part of their transportation to the event to consider a carbon offset program to counter balance emissions.

As a national organization, we will continue to provide opportunities for policymakers, urban professionals, and on-the-ground practitioners from across Canada to come together in-person, virtually, or in a hybrid capacity while keeping sustainability and equity top of mind. We recognize the benefits of all types of events and will continue to strive to follow best practices, listen to feedback, explore different perspectives, and think outside the box in the way we plan events.

What are the Covid-19 measures?

There are currently no restrictions or indication that restrictions will be placed on organized gatherings and events. That being said, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for everyone attending LCF and are working closely with our partners to ensure the following protocols are in place:

  • Delegates will have the option to request social distancing based on personal preference
  • Hand sanitizer and masks will be readily available
  • All Sessions on the Move (study tours on Day One) are taking people outside the venue which will reduce the number of delegates in close proximity 
  • The Local Food Celebration (dinner on Day Two) is being held in an outdoor setting
  • Multiple sessions are available concurrently in order to reduce the number of individuals in a room at a given time

If any new provincial or federal guidance were to unfold, any related updates would be posted online and emailed to registrants.

Are discounted hotel accommodations available?

Rooms are available at the Fairmont Empress ( 721 Government St., Victoria, BC ) for a discounted rate for conference delegates starting at $279/night. Rooms at this rate are very limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please note that, as of September 19, discounted rooms are sold out.

Where is the nearest airport?

Located 30 minutes from downtown Victoria and five minutes from Sidney, Victoria International Airport (YYJ) has daily flights from Vancouver International Airport (approx. 30 minute flight), as well as direct and non-stop flights from the rest of Canada and the United States. Rental cars, taxis, limousines and airport shuttles are all available to take you to your final destination.

Victoria International Airport is served by BC Transit with up to frequent departures to and from YYJ and Downtown Victoria.  There are also regularly scheduled airport shuttles if you are traveling with a group or require a larger vehicle. Visit www.yyjairportshuttle.com/ for shuttle information.  Bluebird Taxi Cabs are available by calling 250-382-2222.

Can I get to Victoria by ferry?

BC Ferries connects Vancouver to Victoria by ferry. The large network of vehicle ferries connects Vancouver Island, British Columbia’s mainland and smaller islands, like the Gulf Islands. Frequent daily service by BC Ferries between Vancouver and Victoria brings cars and passengers to its terminal at Swartz Bay, approximately 32 km north of Victoria. For more information, visit: http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/mainland/tssw-current.php 

The Swartz Bay ferry terminal is regularly served by BC Transit (Route 70). Bluebird Taxi Cabs are available by calling 250-382-2222.

What is the best way to get around Victoria?

The Victoria region has an excellent public transit system that will take you throughout the area. Buses run frequently and are a great way to venture out of the downtown core and into the surrounding areas and suburbs. BC Transit’s accessible buses carry wheelchairs, scooters and bicycles. Strap your bike on the front of a bus and head out to the country to cycle!

For further assistance planning your trip, visit Tourism Victoria. Public transit information can be accessed from BC Transit.

What is the weather like in Victoria in October?

In October, weather in Victoria tends to be fairly mild, with average temperatures ranging from 9°C to 14°C. Frequent light rain can be expected and weather in Victoria can sometimes be unpredictable, so we recommend that you bring an umbrella, waterproof jacket, and appropriate outdoor shoes.

To plan your stay in Victoria visit Tourism Victoria.

STILL Have questions?

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3 + 7 =

I have had the opportunity to attend the Livable Cities Forum several times throughout my career, both as a presenter and attendee. Each time I have come away from this conference with new learnings that I can apply to my own projects, new friendships with colleagues from across Canada and am reinspired to continue to push for climate action within my municipality. I look forward to attending again this year in Victoria, BC.

Trisha Henderson

Climate Action Officer, Town of Oakville

About

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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