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Connecting Beaconsfield: Building climate resilience through social connection

Social connection means happy, healthy, and resilient communities. 

If there was a power outage, heat wave, shortage of water, or flood in your neighbourhood, do you know who might need help or who you could turn to if you needed help? Social connection plays an important role in responding to and recovering from these types of events. The “Connecting Beaconsfield” project aims to increase feelings of closeness and a sense of belonging in the community thereby also increasing resilience.

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Information on Connecting Beaconsfield

About the project

The City of Beaconsfield’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan was developed in collaboration with members of the community and adopted in the Spring of 2021. Building on work done through the plan and in partnership with ICLEI Canada and several community-based organizations, the “Connecting Beaconsfield” project aims to increase social connection in order to build community climate resilience. The project was launched in Fall 2022 and will run until Fall 2025.

Project objectives

  • Understanding climate impacts and their effects on those more sensitive to extreme weather events
  • Identifying how social isolation contributes to climate exposure
  • Identifying and prioritizing actions that that address social isolation, improve social connections, and build resilience
  • Piloting and implementing actions that improve social connection in the community
  • Supporting the existing work of partner organizations
  • Developing a guide to share learnings with other communities across the country

Project partners

The “Connecting Beaconsfield” project was initiated by the City of Beaconsfield and involves numerous partners. The City of Beaconsfield, ICLEI Canada, and the following local community groups and organizations are all working together to design, manage, and deliver the project. Since partners are key to the success of the project, additional partners are likely to join the initiative and support the implementation of actions. 

  1. Beacon Hill Community Association
  2. Beaconsfield 55+ Club
  3. City of Beaconsfield’s Age-Friendly Advisory Committee
  4. Espace MUNI
  5. Friends for Mental Health
  6. Les Amis du Village Beaurepaire
  7. NOVA West Island
  8. SPVM — Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
  9. Table de Quartier Sud de l’Ouest-de-l’Île
  10. Villa Beaurepaire
  11. Volunteer West Island
  12. West Island Citizen Advocacy

What can YOU do?

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Plan a block party

Block parties are a great way to get to know your neighbours! These events are organized by residents, for residents. While block parties are meant to be informal and fun, a certain amount of planning is involved. The City of Beaconsfield’s block party template, guidelines and planning tools make this process as easy and simple as possible for residents.

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Exercise: Who is my neighbour?

Do you know the people that live next to you? The “Who is my neighbour?” template was created by the City of Greater Sudbury through ICLEI Canada’s Advancing Adaptation project to encourage residents to get to know their neighbours and increase community resilience in the process. It is a great resource that can be used by anyone in any community.

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For your information

Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2021-2025

The City adopted the Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Reduction Plan in the Spring of 2021. The Climate Action Plan, a synthesis of these two plans, presents the principal sources of GHG and the local vulnerabilities, and identifies specific projects to reduce GHG and limit climate risk. The actions undertaken will serve to make our community more resilient to climate and environmental change. 

This plan focuses on how we can adapt to climate change caused by GHG emissions.

Download the plan (French only)

Support for the Project

This project was carried out with financial support from the Fonds d’initiative et de rayonnement de la métropole, administered by the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine of the ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation.

We would also like to acknowledge all the groups, organizations, and individuals involved in this project.