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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