COVID-19 is a powerful reminder that the everyday stresses that Torontonians face are significantly exacerbated by external risks emerging from the natural world. The City’s TransformTO Climate Action Strategy and Resilience Strategy  identify goals and actions to help Toronto survive, adapt and thrive in the face of any challenge, particularly climate change and chronic stresses such as growing inequality, systemic racism, mobility challenges and ageing infrastructure, and acute shocks such as pandemics, heatwaves, flooding or blizzards. A resilient city is focused on reducing inequities so that communities are better able to bounce back when they face a shock.

2021 priorities include developing a Net Zero Strategy to reach the City’s ambitious target: net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner.

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  • The City of Toronto has submitted $34.3 million in projects to the federal COVID-19 resilience infrastructure stream of program funding of which is 80% federal, 20% provincially funded. Funding is provided through two sub-streams:    (Dec 2020)
    • Local Government Sub-Stream
    • Long-Term Care Sector Sub-Stream
  • Government of Canada announced a new $200 million Natural Infrastructure Fund, and noted that the City of Toronto and other large cities will be invited to apply for up to $20 million in funding from the Large Project Stream  (June 2021)
  • City launches Toronto Clean Energy Partnership to boost trade and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions
  • Federal government announces $960 million investment in renewable energy
  • Toronto Atmospheric Fund received Natural Resources Canada grant for electric vehicle charging project