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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 accelerate climate action by supporting cities in reaching their carbon emissions reduction potential and unlocking the national potential of the best local solutions.

LC3 works with local municipalities and community partners to demonstrate, de-risk and scale up local climate solutions that both reduce key emissions sources and create valuable and equitable community benefits. Local LC3 Centres actively:

  • 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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A Pan-Canadian Network

LC3 Centres are locally governed and are self-financed through endowments ranging in size from $20M to $100M. All Centres have a flexible set of tools to use to advance locally-tailored strategies:

  • Community grant-making to advance efforts of diverse local leadership.
  • Program development to bridge local capacity gaps and catalyze new approaches.
  • Impact investing to mobilize private resources towards low-carbon solutions.

LC3 Centres include:

LC3 was co-developed by The City of Vancouver, Alberta EcoTrust Foundation, Trottier Family Foundation, Ottawa Community Foundation, EfficiencyOne Nova Scotia, The Atmospheric Fund and FCM’s Green Municipal Fund. These groups have a decades-long track record in the urban climate action field. 

As a network of local centres convened through its National Office hosted by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund, LC3 ensures local climate innovations are scaled nationally.

Featured resources

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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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