Toronto’s ambitious climate action strategy – TransformTO – identifies the actions we need to take to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions by 65 per cent by 2030, and net zero by 2040.
Meeting our targets will require big changes in how we live, work, build, travel and more. Homes and buildings, vehicles, and waste are the largest sources of emissions in Toronto today.
The climate emergency requires urgent action. All Toronto residents, communities and businesses can do their part.
Learn what you can do and find City programs and resources to help you get started.
Let’s TransformTO together!
The City launched the TransformTO Getting TO Net Zero public consultations in the summer of 2021 to support the development of the TransformTO Net Zero Strategy. Participants were asked to assist the City in prioritizing key climate actions in buildings, energy, transportation and waste, as identified in previous consultations. During this process from late June to early August, 2021, over 1,000 survey responses were received, 10 community discussions were held, and over 100 ideas were posted to the online ideas board.
The results from this round of public consultation align well with the overall themes noted in previous consultations. The highest priority actions for Toronto residents continue to be:
Also in 2021, a Net Zero External Advisory Group comprised of 25 diverse stakeholder organizations, including youth organizations, provided input on draft elements of the Net Zero Strategy and equity considerations. In addition to providing sector-specific expert advice, participants emphasized the urgency of ambitious action to meet 2030 targets, the need for an equitable approach to implementation, and the need for collaboration, support, policies, and leadership by all levels of government and the private sector to enable net zero.
As a part of TransformTO implementation, the City’s Environment and Energy Division convened a network of multi-disciplinary stakeholders to help support city-wide community engagement in climate action.
In January 2019, over 80 community partners were brought together in a collaborative workshop. Participants recommended a list of key actions, and projects ideas that can help engage Torontonians in climate action. More information about the recommendations and next steps is summarized in the Climate Change Engagement Workshop Report.
Efforts are underway to support projects and partnerships that formed as a result of the workshop. Please contact Tamara Grossutti or Megan MacLean for potential partnership opportunities and to find out more.
In 2018, the City commissioned a survey to capture residents’ perceptions on climate change and to better understand their willingness to take action in the community. The results from this survey will assist the City in establishing climate action priorities, goals, and metrics that will measure success. Read the survey report.
To support ongoing community leadership and engagement in climate action, the City offers the following:
Learn more about the TransformTO strategy.