Submitted by the District Municipality of Muskoka
The District Municipality of Muskoka has been granted $106,812 in funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) climate change grants initiative to help increase its capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change or reduce greenhouse (GHG) emissions.
The District of Muskoka is among 58 communities across Canada benefiting from this initiative.
The Muskoka Watershed Council, a volunteer organization supported by the District and the Muskoka community issued its Planning for Climate Change in Muskoka report in 2016. The report delivers 15 recommendations and actions for individuals, community groups, the business community and levels of government to prepare Muskoka for our changing climate.
“One of the recommendations taken from the watershed report was for The District Municipality of Muskoka to establish a climate-specific position,” states District Chair John Klinck. “I’m very pleased that the District responded by creating a permanent Climate Change Initiatives Coordinator position in 2018.”
The FCM grant received by the District will assist in off-setting the salary earmarked to support this position.
The climate change grants are offered through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) delivered by FCM and funded by the Government of Canada. The District of Muskoka will allocate the funding over two years and use it to dedicate staff to activities such as developing a climate change action plan and adding climate change practices into daily municipal processes.
The District of Muskoka is committed to the stewardship of our natural environment—especially water and natural areas so that they are protected for the values they provide including support for resilient, diverse ecosystems and a vibrant economy.
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