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Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Community Resilience

Almost​ ​90​ ​percent​ ​of​ ​Canadian natural​ ​gas,​ ​thermal, and​ ​electric​ ​utility​ ​distributors​ ​have​ ​been​ ​significantly​ ​impacted​ ​by​ ​a weather​ ​event​ ​in​ ​the​ ​past​ ​decade.​ ​Despite​ ​concerns​ ​that​ ​climate-change and weather related​ ​events​​ threaten​ ​the​ ​reliability​ ​and​ ​resiliency​ ​of​ ​Canadian​ ​energy​ ​distribution​ ​services,​ ​there​ ​remains limited​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​assessment​ ​processes​ ​to​ ​help​ ​local​ ​governments​ ​and​ ​utilities​ ​effectively​ ​plan together​ ​to reduce risk​ ​and​ ​reduce​ ​overall​ ​costs​ ​to residents​ ​and​ ​businesses.

The project will result in a series of resources that will establish a national guideline for how municipalities and utilities can work together on adaptation through land use planning, energy planning and reliability measures, and emergency response during power outages.

Participating Municipalities

The following municipalities have been selected to participate in the Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Community Resilience Iniative.

Charlottetown is the thriving Capital City of Prince Edward Island, located on the south shore. It has a population of approximately 36,000 people, and is known as the “Birthplace of Confederation” after the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference that led to Confederation. As with many coastal cities, Charlottetown has infrastructure on the waterfront that is susceptible to flooding and the municipality continues to deal with the effects of the changing climate.

The Town of Stratford is a growing community of over 10,000 residents and is situated on a peninsula just south of Charlottetown, the provincial capital. Stratford is surrounded by magnificent water views bounded by Fullerton’s Marsh, the Hillsborough River, Charlottetown Harbour and the Hillsborough Bay. The Trans-Canada Highway connects the eastern end of the province to Charlottetown, bisecting the Town from east to west with the Hillsborough Bridge connecting Stratford to Charlottetown. The landscape of the Stratford area varies greatly with elevations rising to 88.7 meters along the southern coast of Stratford; with areas of high slope adjacent to several tributaries, rolling hills, flatlands, a significant number of watercourses and kilometers of coastline. The Town of Stratford is known as a leader for its proactive stance on climate change and sustainability, having incorporated land use policies regarding sustainable development since 2012.

Summerside, located in the beautiful province of Prince Edward Island has a compact urban core cradled by an idyllic, rural landscape and shores washed by a calm and warm sea. It offers a unique combination of convenience and serenity. The community provides its nearly 15,000 residents and visitors quaint shopping districts, live theatre, beautiful beaches, as well as a variety of restaurants, a diversified business community and vast investment and employment potential. Summerside is well-known by potential investors, site selectors and business leaders. For all of them it is “the city to watch” for growth and excellence in infrastructure.

The Town of Woodstock is located 100 km’s west of the Capital City, Fredericton; 300 km west of Nova Scotia Border; 200 km east from the Quebec Border and 25 km’s from State of Maine Border. Settled on the banks of the Meduxnekeag and St. John Rivers at the intersection of the Trans Canada Highway at Exits 185 and 188, and I-95 at Exit 12. Woodstock was the first incorporated town in New Brunswick on May 1, 1856. Woodstock boasts some of the finest 19th Century Victorian heritage homes, churches and civic buildings. We are a vibrant, prosperous community -the service centre of the Upper St. John River Valley. As well, the retail and commercial hub of the agricultural, forestry and transportation sectors in the regional economy.

Dauphin is a small City nestled between the Riding Mountain National Park and Duck Mountain Provincial Park. The location presents various opportunities to engage with nature be it winter or summer. The community is host to several major festivals which include Dauphin’s Countryfest and Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival. While small in size Dauphin has big ambitions working towards becoming Manitoba’s most sustainable City. Our City is a regional hub making it an ideal location for people looking to strike a balance between work and play.

Only 113 km northeast of Winnipeg, lies the R.M. of Alexander. Stretching from the eastern shores of Lake Winnipeg east into the Whiteshell and north into the Canadian Shield, this 1,521 sq. km. region is serviced by six modern highways. Its year-round population of 3,000 explodes to over 20,000 in the summer. It offers parkland, beaches, forest, agriculture, industry and the amenities of both urban and rural settings, and is the hydro power center of Manitoba. Alexander is in the heart of Manitoba’s cottage country with many Winnipeggers flocking to the area for the summer months to escape the city and enjoy the natural beauty of the region. The community understands the impact that natural weather phenomena can have and very much appreciates the opportunity to strengthen its ability to adapt to climate change.

Project Supporters

This project is made possible by support from Natural Resources Canada.
Learn about QUEST’s Advisory Services. QUEST offers Resilience Workshops to communities that are looking to understand how climate risks and vulnerabilities impact our energy systems.

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