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The Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) network is a partnership between seven of Canada’s largest cities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Its mission is to support municipalities as they reach their carbon emissions reduction potential while improving public health, creating jobs and building resilient communities.

The LC3 network will design and scale-up low carbon solutions at the local level, sharing lessons learned and replicable activities with cities and communities of all sizes across Canada. From taking proven solutions to full-scale adoption, to addressing energy efficiency in buildings and identifying urban renewable energy opportunities, the LC3 Centres will:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and help cities meet their climate goals
  • Implement local benefits and build better lives for residents in their communities
  • Secure local matching funds and co-investments from other sectors

This partnership is made possible by a $183 million endowment from the Government of Canada.

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LC3 Centres from coast-to-coast

Each LC3 Centre will receive an endowment to invest, and use the returns to fund grant programs, research, policy advocacy and local operations for projects that reduce GHG emissions in their respective cities. The Centres are based on the successful TAF (or The Atmospheric Fund) model, which has been operating in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area since 1991.

LC3 Centres include:

The National Office, hosted by FCM, serves as the liaison with the federal government on behalf of the LC3 Centres. It will report on the Centres’ activities and outcomes; coordinate shared services; and develop a learning hub to encourage collaboration and support knowledge-sharing between the Centres.

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Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) network enters implementation phase following establishment of seven local centres

Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) announces a shift from start-up phase to full implementation.

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The Ottawa Climate Action Fund: $21.7M investment from the Government of Canada to bring Carbon Down and Community Up

The Ottawa Climate Action Fund (OCAF), incubated by the Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF), announced the receipt of their $21.7 million endowment from the Government of Canada to fund their local Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) Centre.

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Article series: Meet LC3’s climate leaders

Read our article series to get to know the leaders of the Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) network, and learn how they are advancing effective ways to address climate change in big cities.

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Accelerating Urban Climate Solutions in Calgary and Edmonton

Alberta Ecotrust has received the $43.4 million endowment from the Government of Canada to fund their Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) Centres in the cities of Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.

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Simon Fraser University selected to establish Low Carbon Cities Canada Innovation Centre for Metro Vancouver region

Simon Fraser University’s Renewable Cities program will begin work to establish a Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) Centre in the Metro Vancouver region, in British Columbia.

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Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) supports cities and communities in reaching their carbon emissions reduction potential. This initiative, implemented in partnership among seven local centres and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), was established through an endowment from the Government of Canada.

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