• Since 1990
  • No. of cities 1500
  • No. of offices 17
  • No. of staff 280


ICLEI is a champion of local governments. We are an international association of local governments that have made a commitment to sustainable development. We promote participatory, long-term strategic planning processes to support local-level sustainability, and have been working with communities on sustainability issues since 1990.

ICLEI Canada understands the unique needs of communities preparing for climate change and has significant expertise in helping them achieve their adaptation and preparedness goals. Our staff have been working with municipalities, community members, experts, and local practitioners to deliver engaging meetings, workshops, and conferences for over 20 years. We help communities, local practitioners, and scientific experts communicate with one another, understand each other’s needs, and advance their field of study to each party’s mutual benefit.

City of Victoria
  • Pop. 86000
  • Annual visitors 3000000
  • Hrs of sun per year 2183
  • Annual rainfall (cm) 66

City of Victoria

On the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is a community of choice for its temperate climate, natural beauty, recreational sites and economic opportunities.Victoria has a wealth of natural and man-made riches, including stunning heritage architecture, ocean views and mountain vistas. It is this rare juxtaposition of heritage charm, scenic backdrop and modern city-scape that makes Victoria one of the most uniquely special places in Canada. Millions visit our city every year and enjoy the natural beauty, temperate climate and heritage charm Victoria offers its citizens every day.

Victoria is a welcoming and inclusive city. We have a rich and varied history, one of many cultures. We have the oldest Chinatown in Canada and are proud of our First Nations heritage. Victoria is built on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen People (pronounced Le-KWUNG-en). The Songhees and Esquimalt Nations are part of the Coast Salish family and are descendants of the Lekwungen family groups.


Contributing Partner: SFU-ACT
  • Since 2006
  • Students 30000
  • Facilities 8
  • Campuses 3

Contributing Partner: SFU-ACT

Established in 1965, Simon Fraser University has become Canada’s leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia’s largest municipalities —Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey — and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world.

The Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) was co-founded with the SFU Public Policy Program in 2006. It is the only university program in North America focused on climate change adaptation policy and brings leading experts from around the world together with industry, community, and government decision-makers to explore the risks posed by top-of-mind climate change issues and identify opportunities for sustainable adaptation.

ACT is a unique combination of research, education, outreach and policy innovation designed to benefit the Canadian economy, its decision-makers and communities. The Team studies nine top-of-mind climate change areas (Biodiversity, Extreme Weather, Energy, Water Security, Crops & Food Supply, Sea Level Rise, Health Risks, Population Displacement, and New Technologies) and considers ways to protect environmental, economic and social well being.