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Indigenous and Municipal Relations

Community Led Emissions Reduction (CLER) Program

 Please note that the April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2012 Community Led Emissions Reduction (CLER) pilot program has now ended and proposals are no longer being accepted. Information on Manitoba’s current Climate Change programs can be found at Climate and Green Initiatives and Tomorrow Now.

This site offers access to tools and resources developed through the CLER program to assist communities wishing to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Communities that take action to reduce their GHG emissions will see a number of benefits:
  • Short- and long-term cost savings
  • Improved health and safety
  • Protection of natural resources and habitat
  • Local economic stability and development
  • Community resilience and adaptability

In keeping with its commitment to taking action on climate change, in 2008, the Province launched the Community Led Emissions Reduction (CLER) program as a four-year (2008-2012) pilot to support community-led action to reduce GHG emissions. The program was modeled on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) five milestone framework

CLER assisted municipal governments and not-for-profit community organizations in their locally-driven efforts to reduce GHG emissions and make more sustainable decisions now and for the future. Reducing GHG emissions can provide economic as well as environmental benefits for municipalities, community organizations, businesses and individual residents.
All CLER participants and their communities worked through the milestones until March 2012, receiving concentrated resources to complete them as follows:
  1. Establish a GHG emissions inventory.
  2. Set a GHG emissions reduction target.
  3. Develop a local climate change action plan with public input.
  4. Implement GHG emissions reduction projects and activities included in the Council- or Board-approved plan.
  5. Monitor progress and report results.
CLER helped participating communities achieve their goals by providing them with:
  • Resources, tools and training.
  • Core funding to:
    • complete GHG emissions inventories, set emissions reduction targets;
    • develop and implement local climate change action plans with public input;
    • monitor and report on results achieved.
  • Project funding to implement select GHG emissions reduction projects and activities included in council or board approved local climate change action plans.

The CLER pilot program was delivered in partnership with:
CLER Municipal Government Participants CLER Community Organization Participants
  • City of Brandon
  • City of Thompson
  • Town of Virden
  • Village of St. Pierre-Jolys
  • Village of Notre Dame de Lourdes
  • RM of St. Laurent
  • RM of Taché
  • RM of De Salaberry
  • MSTW Planning District: Town of Morden, RM of Stanley, RM of Thompson and City of Winkler
In Winnipeg:
  • Daniel McIntyre-St. Matthews Community Association
  • Lord Roberts Community Centre
  • Riverview Community Centre
  • St. James-Assiniboia School Division
In West St. Paul:
  • Seven Oaks School Division
In Brandon:
  • Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation
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