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Centre for Civic Governance

The Centre for Civic Governance works to support community leadership meeting today’s social and environmental challenges: climate change, Canada’s increasing equity gap, and shifting social trends. At the Centre for Civic Governance, our goal is to strengthen Canadian communities through sharing best practices, providing tools for locally elected leaders, and progressive policy analysis. We strive to provide knowledge and information to make real and positive social change.


Our latest publication is out! Back in House Workbook:

We just released a companion piece to our 2016 report, Back in House Workbook . Commissioned by CUPE Alberta, this Back in House Workbook, Why Local Governments are Bringing Services Home, which was prepared by Gaetan Royer with Charley Beresford and Keith Reynolds, provides a practical guide to helping communities identify the outsourced work and services that can and READ MORE


What you need to know about child labour in BC

Did you know the work-start age in BC is twelve? First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition  commissioned a public opinion survey  in June and found that only six percent British Columbians could correctly identify the age at which a child can be formally employed without the need for a government permit. We’re not talking about babysitting or raking grass. Twelve year-olds can work in READ MORE


Local government leaders have a powerful new tool to tackle carbon

A small women-led Vancouver company is helping resource-challenged municipalities get the most bang for their climate-fighting buck. Climate change was always supposed to be a distant threat, something that “other people” would one day have to deal with. We all know how that panned out. Across Canada, local government leaders are grappling with wildfires, floods, READ MORE


Exclusive limited time offer: On demand course on pronouns and inclusive language

As a forward-thinking leader, you know that inclusive language is one of the most powerful ways to break down barriers to inclusion and to build sustainable and inclusive communities. Being current with pronouns and knowing inclusive greetings and phrases is important for locally-elected community leaders. We’re happy to offer a unique on-demand course on Pronouns and READ MORE


Build a Better Waterfront with Nature

This post is an adapted excerpt from Lea Elliott’s book:  Work Like Nature: Sustainability lessons from  ecosystems for your job or business “Every time I walked the waterfront, I saw it as a bit of a disaster. I could see what was wrong and what could be right,” said Adrian Rowland, a coastal engineer and West Vancouver resident. West Vancouver’s urban shoreline is a mixture of sandy READ MORE


A screening of Women Bending the Curve on Climate Change

On the occasion of High Ground 2018, we presented the first public screening of the documentary Women Bending the Curve on Climate Change in Vancouver on Thursday, March 22. Set in the context of the Paris climate change agreements, the new film tells the stories of climate change leaders from Canada’s West Coast working in renewable energy, city government, READ MORE


March On Vancouver 2018

It’s been a year since a new women’s movement came together in response to the inauguration of the forty-fifth president of the United States. On this occasion, the movement – representing a broad range of grassroots organizations and individuals — organized the first Women’s March in Washington, DC. From there, another 673 marches were held READ MORE


Top Asks for Climate Action: 2017 Report Card and 2016 Report

2017 Top Asks for Climate Action – Report Card Enhancing the ability of local governments across Canada to act on greenhouse gas emissions is both a powerful opportunity and an absolute necessity for meeting Canada’s climate commitments says the first annual report card on Top Asks for Climate Action. Local government decisions impact over fifty percent of READ MORE


Canada Infrastructure Bank and the Public’s Right to Know

Columbia Institute’s new report, Canada Infrastructure Bank and the Public’s Right to Know, examines the proposed Bank, and government legislation that prevents public access to information. The report also highlights concerns expressed by information commissioners and includes examples of how the Canadian government can do better. “The federal government is ready to invest $35 billion READ MORE


Jobs for Tomorrow – Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions

Commissioned by Canada’s Building Trades Unions, Jobs for Tomorrow – Canada’s Building Trades and Net Zero Emissions explores the historic role of Canada’s construction industry and potential for low-carbon economy job growth. Meeting Canada’s climate goals could generate millions of jobs in the building trades by 2050. “Canada’s building trades’ professionals have a proud history of READ MORE


Staving off the coming global collapse

‘Overshoot’ is when a species uses resources faster than can be replenished. We’re already there. And show no signs of changing. Humans have a virtually unlimited capacity for self-delusion, even when self-preservation is at stake. The scariest example is the simplistic, growth-oriented, market-based economic thinking that is all but running the world today. Prevailing neoliberal READ MORE


2016 Top Asks for Climate Action – Ramping Up Low Carbon Communities

Top Asks for Climate Action – Ramping Up Low Carbon Communities Top Asks for Climate Action highlights how Canada can ramp up climate action by empowering low carbon communities. Local governments have a crucial role to play in combating climate change. Their decisions directly or indirectly impact sixty percent of Canada’s energy consumption and more than READ MORE


Our Future: Seniors, Socialization and Health

With input from eight seniors centres in Metro Vancouver, the Columbia Institute report, Our Future: Seniors, Socialization and Health, spotlights how municipalities are frontline in seniors health by offering a wide variety of programs that help keep seniors healthy and independent and delay/prevent seniors from requiring more costly health care services.   Read full report Read executive summary News release In the Media Older and Wiser: READ MORE


Back in House: Why local governments are bringing services home

“Back in House: Why Local Governments are Bringing Services Home” says that across Canada and around the world public services that were once outsourced are now finding their way back in-house to municipalities, mainly because using in-house services saves money. That means the expected benefits from privatizing services are not as significant as expected. Download English READ MORE