In Canada, municipalities account for over 50% of the national greenhouse gas emissions (Source: Federation of Canadian Municipalities). This underlines the undeniable need for local climate action. But let’s face it, municipal government structures can be daunting. Breaking them down, however, makes it easier to find openings for action.

The Infiltration Manual aims to demystify municipal governance structures and provide youth with practical knowledge and tools on how to take climate action at the local level. It covers a range of topics, including:

  • An overview of the structure of municipal government
  • A roadmap on how to gather community support
  • Tips on how to present an initiative to Council
  • A variety of email, meeting, and petition templates

This manual is divided into four sections, each composed of several modules that serve as your go-to guide for all municipal government and climate action questions. Interspersed throughout the manual are examples and insider tips. Use the table of contents to skip to the modules most relevant to you.