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Canada Seeks Proposals to Create Climate Action Institute

In an unusual proposed partnership between the Government of Canada and private organizations, the country just announced it is actively seeking proposals for an “Institute” to help drive ambitious climate action for governments across the country.

The announcement about the new organization came on October 30 from the Honourable Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

As noted on the site requesting the proposals, Canada is:

“looking for an organization to propose an “Institute” that will provide informed advice to governments and Canadians -- and identify best practices to support ambitious climate action. The Institute will develop and provide independent and expert-driven analysis to help Canada move towards clean growth in all sectors and regions of the country.”

The goal of the proposals is to create an arm’s-length, policy-oriented organization focused on clean growth and climate change.

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the Government is soliciting proposals from independent experts prepared to establish an arm's-length, policy-oriented organization focused on clean growth and climate change.

The chosen organization would be responsible for the following core activities:

  • Undertake and document high-quality analysis and research to address critical policy questions and inform programs that promote clean growth and climate change in Canada;
  • Develop practical and forward‑looking advice based on high-quality analysis and research, to support informed decision-making by governments and Canadians;
  • Convene and facilitate participation from diverse interests and perspectives to build connections and foster collaboration; and
  • Compile, integrate, and communicate available information and data on clean growth and climate action and translate it into useable and comprehensive advice to improve climate literacy in Canada and encourage climate action.

The Government would enter into a contribution agreement with the successful applicant. The Government's investment of up to $20 million over five years is open to new or existing not-for-profits that have secured support from recognized experts and other organizations.

The expert organization would compile information and data, carry out research and analysis, and identify and communicate best practices to support ambitious climate action. The organization would build on and strengthen the capacity of climate experts in Canada to provide informed advice to governments and all Canadians.

Many of Canada's international partners such as Germany, the United Kingdom, and Finland similarly benefit from independent research and information on climate change.

In commenting on the opportunity, the Honourable Catherine McKenna said that, "We are launching this process because we recognize that our government and all Canadians must have access to the best evidence-based advice and expertise about climate change. That includes cutting pollution, adapting to the risks and costs of a changing climate, and seizing clean-growth opportunities for our kids and grandkids."

The chosen organization would be responsible for the following core activities:

  • Undertake and document high-quality analysis and research to address critical policy questions and inform programs that promote clean growth and climate change in Canada;
  • Develop practical and forward‑looking advice based on high-quality analysis and research, to support informed decision-making by governments and Canadians;
  • Convene and facilitate participation from diverse interests and perspectives to build connections and foster collaboration; and
  • Compile, integrate, and communicate available information and data on clean growth and climate action and translate it into useable and comprehensive advice to improve climate literacy in Canada and encourage climate action.

For further information on this opportunity, please see:  https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/climate-change/expert-engagement-initiative.html

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