Unveiling of Montréal’s Resilient City Strategy, a first in Canada

Survive, Adapt and Grow.

Montréal, June 18, 2018 – The mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plante, today unveiled Montréal’s Resilient City Strategy, developed in collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. This ambitious strategy reflects the city’s will to improve its ability to anticipate, prevent and adapt to challenges, in order to be prepared to handle the ongoing stresses and onetime shocks which may affect the population. The first Canadian city to publish a resilience strategy, Montréal is a leader in terms of urban resilience in Canada. The strategy includes multiple concrete measures whose implementation will span over the next 5 years, aiming to improve the city’s ability to face unforeseen events and disruptions, along with its partners.

“The strategy is intended for the entire population. We are gathering the tools to improve our response to shocking events such as natural disasters, tragedies, terrorist attacks, or situations likely to weaken our city, such as an aging population, social exclusion, poverty and aging infrastructures. Moreover, our strategy will enable the population, institutions, businesses and systems to react and resist more effectively and efficiently to unforeseen events. Together, we want to be ready and to continue to develop our resilience,” explained Mayor Valérie Plante.

“Today, Montréal is the first Canadian city to present a resilient city strategy. It proposes a collaborative vision of urban resilience in order to support an urban community that is alert, proactive and unifying in facing social, economic and environmental challenges. The city’s goal is to instill solidarity and safety on its territory, to protect its living environment, maintain a diversified and innovative economy, and to promote integrated governance geared towards serving the community,” added Louise Bradette, director of the Bureau de la résilience.

“We are thrilled to have played a part in the development of Montreal’s Resilience Strategy, the first Resilience Strategy in Canada. Mayor Plante and Chief Resilience Officer Louise Bradette have been unwavering partners throughout this process, and under their bold leadership Montreal is poised to serve as a model of resilience for other Canadian cities,” commented Otis Rolley, Managing Director for North America for 100 Resilient Cities.

Montréal’s Resilient City Strategy is made up of four great orientations

Montréal’s strategy is built around four main orientations which will drive action over the next 5 years: supporting a united and safe community, protecting its living environment, maintaining a diversified and innovative economy, and promoting integrated governance in the service of the community. These are based on the results of citizen consultations and working groups made up of more than one hundred internal and external partners, held by the city’s Bureau de la résilience.

Montréal was the first Canadian city to sign on, in December 2014, to the agenda of the 100 Resilient Cities. This prestigious global network aims to improve cities’ resilience with respect to the growing environmental, social, and economic challenges they are currently facing. As part of this movement, Montréal created, in May 2016, the Bureau de la résilience, whose main objective was to develop a resilience strategy. As it joined the 100 Resilient Cities agenda, Montréal became committed to discussing with cities around the world the approaches to inclusion as well as fighting social exclusion and isolation within the metropolis.

To read the full Strategy, go to: resilient.montreal.ca

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

The inception of this strategy launches a great week of active advocacy centered on sustainable development. From June 19 to June 22, Montréal will host, at the Palais des congrès, the ICLEI World Congress 2018. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, is the leading global network of more than 1,500 cities, towns and regions from more than 100 countries. As a global network, ICLEI is a point of connection between local and regional governments from across the globe. Through its World Congress, ICLEI engages its international network for peer-to-peer exchanges and the creation of strategic alliances with key players and with non-government partners who are influential in the field of sustainable development.

The ICLEI World Congress 2018 is an environmentally responsible event, funded by Ville de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, Co-Operators and Hydro-Québec.


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