PIBC - CPL Webinar #7 - Declaring a Climate Change Emergency: Process, Considerations & Legalities
PIBC CPL Committee
September 25th 2019
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PST
CPL Units: 1.5



Floods, fires, and severe climate are becoming increasingly more common.  As the owners and operators of local infrastructure, municipalities have much to lose from the damaging effects - not only financially, but there are significant health and environmental costs as well. Furthermore, the impact of climate change is most immediate and dramatic in Northern communities, where global warming is threatening the traditional way of life.  As such, Canadian municipalities are taking the lead when it comes to climate action.  In British Columbia and the Yukon, a number of municipalities have already declared, or are considering declaring, a Climate Change Emergency. With this declaration, local government can now take urgent and real action to address the climate issue. Such declarations, however, require a solid understanding of the process involved, a significant and often complex planning component and a thorough consideration of the legal requirements and potential liabilities.

Please join our knowledgeable panel for a critical overview and discussion of Climate Change Emergency declarations:  What are the legal requirements and potential liabilities? How do existing city policies, bylaws, strategic and financial plans fit in? How do we measure successes? Where do we go from here?

We are happy to announce the following speakers and look forward to confirming more over the next few weeks:

Suzanne Smith RPP, MCIP
Past Co-Chair, PIBC Climate Action Task Force

Samantha M. Boyce
Legal Counsel, Municipal Insurance Association of BC
Samantha will be presenting on the costs to municipalities of climate change related damage to infrastructure.

Matt Horne
Climate Policy Manager, Planning / Urban Design & Sustainability, City of Vancouver
Matt will provide an overview of Vancouver's declaration process and discuss how the declaration will fit in the City's overall existing frame-work.





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