In response to City Council’s climate emergency declaration in 2019, the City is updating its TransformTO climate action strategy to meet an accelerated greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of net zero by 2050 or sooner. This includes reaching a short-term target to reduce emissions by 65 per cent from 1990 levels by 2030; a key milestone on the path to net zero.
With previous input from Torontonians, the City has identified key climate actions to reduce emissions from the main sources of greenhouse gases in Toronto, including buildings, transportation, energy and waste.
From June 28 to August 4, 2021, we asked for your feedback to help us prioritize the short-term climate actions to meet our 2030 emissions reduction target. We want to make sure our climate actions leave no one behind, so we also asked residents to consider what these actions might look like in the community, as we travel the path to net zero together. All this feedback will inform the TransformTO Net Zero Strategy that will be presented to Toronto City Council in fall 2021. Thank you to all the Torontonians who provided input.
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Due to COVID-19, the TransformTO Children Consultations have been cancelled at this time.
From October 7 to November 11, 2019, members of the public were encouraged to provide their input on Toronto’s climate actions and priorities through the following methods:
Thank you to everyone who participated through these initiatives. Special thanks also to the 20+ community groups that hosted their own TransformTO community conversations.
A report summarizing and presenting the consultation findings is now available here.
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A Residents’ Reference Panel is a group of randomly-selected residents tasked with examining an issue in-depth and making consensus recommendations to governments on behalf of their fellow residents.
In June 2019, the City sent a letter to 12,500 randomly-selected households inviting recipients to volunteer to join the Panel. From the pool of volunteers, members were randomly-selected to ensure broad representation from across the city.
Over three days this summer, the 30-member Panel learned about the various ways Toronto can take action on climate change and worked together to recommend climate actions and priorities for the City to undertake from 2021 to 2023 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, a public meeting was hosted on August 8 at Scarborough Civic Centre, where 80 members of the public, including the Panel members, deliberated on the priorities for climate action in Toronto.
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