The Toronto Green Standard is Toronto’s sustainable design requirements for new private and City-owned developments. The Standard consists of tiers of performance measures with supporting guidelines that promote sustainable site and building design. Tier 1 of the Toronto Green Standard is required through the planning approval process. Tiers 2 to 4 are higher level voluntary standards associated with financial incentives and verified post construction. The Standard addresses the City of Toronto’s environmental priorities to:
The Toronto Green Standard implements the environmental policies of the City of Toronto Official Plan and the requirements of multiple City divisions through the community planning and development approvals process administered by the City Planning Division.
Projects that demonstrate Tier 2 levels of performance or above may be eligible for refund on development charges paid to the city. This financial incentive is awarded to third party certified projects that reduce pressure on city services and infrastructure through resource efficiencies.
The Toronto Green Standard has proven to be an effective tool to help to achieve the City’s TransformTO Climate Action Plan and Net Zero Strategy adopted by Toronto City Council on December 15, 2021. As of 2021, over 2,500 developments were required to meet Tier 1 and 150 projects have participated in the Toronto Green Standard Development Charges Refund incentive program offered to certified high performance developments.
The Toronto Green Standard Version 3 Zero Emissions Buildings Framework, stepped targets will result in greenhouse gas reductions of 30.6 Megatonnes by 2050, contributing to Transform TO’s city-wide emissions reduction target of Net Zero by 2040.That is the equivalent to taking more than 250,000 cars off the road each year!