Partners for Climate Protection Program

Advisory Services

The MCCAC supports the FCM-ICLEI Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program by helping municipalities take action on climate change through the PCP Milestone Framework. 

Why is this service important?

Municipalities have control of over half of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. The PCP program empowers municipalities to take action on climate protection.  Free support includes capacity-building resources, technical assistance, one-on-one advice,  networking opportunities, and recognition.   

When you become a PCP member you can benefit from the following member services: 

  • Support to develop and implement climate change action plans
  • Help with monitoring and reporting on climate actions 
  • Workshops, webinars and one-on-one consultations
  • Sharing challenges, solutions and lessons learned from PCP members in the region 
  • Access to technical experts on climate change mitigation   

How does it benefit you?

PCP membership is free and gives you access to tools, case studies, and other informational resources, as well as support from the PCP Secretariat and Alberta’s Regional Climate Advisor.

400 Canadian municipalities participating

66% of Canadians are represented

25 Alberta municipalities participating

31 milestones completions awarded

How does it work?

The Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, administered by ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI Canada) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), helps your municipality do its part. It consists of a 5-step Milestone Framework that guides you through activities to reduce emissions in your municipality. Together, we support municipalities like yours as they move through the Milestone Framework, and create lasting and environmentally sustainable changes in your municipality.  

The Milestone Framework

The PCP program guides you through a 5-step Milestone Framework to help you take action on climate change by reducing emissions in your municipality. From creating an inventory, to setting and reaching your emissions reduction target, each step moves you closer to achieving that goal: 

Milestone 1: Create a Baseline Emissions Inventory and Forecast
Milestone 2: Set Emissions Reduction Targets
Milestone 3: Develop a Local Action Plan
Milestone 4: Implement the Local Action Plan
Milestone 5: Monitor Progress and Report Results

Moving through these 5 milestones can save your municipality money, improve air quality, create jobs, and improve local residents’ health. We are ready to support you at every stage and even provide you with an online tool to help you throughout the framework. 

Membership is rewarding and entirely FREE. We ask only that members do the following:

  • Move through the Milestone Framework within 10 years of joining
  • Report on progress at least once every 2 years, with our support
  • Email us if your contact information changes
  • Actively participate in program activities and share your experience with other network members

Join PCP in 3 easy steps

Step 1:
Download and read the Guidebook and the Milestone Submission Checklist.

Step 2: Download and print this joining resolution, and have your council adopt and sign it. It clarifies the responsibilities and requirements of membership.

Step 3:
Appoint 1 staff member and 1 elected official to be your main PCP contacts. Let them know they are responsible for this file.

Step 4:
Email (or print and mail) your adopted council resolution, along with the staff member’s and elected official’s contact information to


Need a little boost to convince your council to join? Download the PDF version of the webinar.

Office Hours

Schedule a meeting with the Action Centre to discuss milestone progression and receive feedback on climate action initiatives. Office hours occur over one week every month, on rotating hours.

Schedule a meeting in the next available session for one-on-one climate action support with our staff.

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