Applications for the Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions program are now closed.


The City of Toronto is seeking local neighbourhood leaders to engage with community residents on environmental issues and inspire climate action. Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions will inspire, motivate, and encourage other residents to undertake community-focused actions to support the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy and reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

Applications from community leaders and residents from communities experiencing social, economic and other barriers, including people of colour, newcomers, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, women, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities / disabled will be given priority.

Participants will receive training on climate change science, communications, and climate action in Toronto. After the training, participants will engage with their neighbours in discussions about climate change and develop innovative neighbourhood-focused climate action projects. With the help of a toolkit, participants will identify specific greenhouse gas reduction goals for the neighbourhood and develop a plan to reach these goals within the community.

Climate Action Champions are required to commit at least 50 hours per year (4-5 hrs per month) toward climate outreach and project development and execution.

Participants will meet with City staff on a monthly basis to discuss their neighbourhood projects and receive feedback and support, and will receive an honorarium of $500. Participants may also be eligible to receive additional funding to support the implementation of their climate action projects.

As a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion you will:

  • Communicate and educate residents about environmental and climate related topics and issues. Lead constructive and interesting conversations about the challenges of climate change and potential solutions.
  • Collaborate with residents to develop neighbourhood-focused climate action projects that account for the diverse values and needs of the community.
  • Connect and inspire a broader group of neighbourhood residents to take part in climate action to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Contribute to advancing the City’s TransformTO strategy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our city.
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Live in Toronto
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to commit at least 4 to 5 hrs per month to climate outreach and attend monthly meetings with City staff
  • Able to work as part of a team and have strong leadership capacity
  • Currently engaged in climate action work; or
  • engaged in neighbourhood or local community work; or a
  • recent graduate interested in climate action
  • Existing connections with neighbourhood networks/groups is an asset
  • Fluency in non-English language is an asset

Applications from community leaders and residents from communities experiencing social, economic and other barriers, including people of colour, newcomers, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, women, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities / disabled will be given priority.

The following individuals are not eligible to apply:

  • City of Toronto employees and members of Council.
  • City of Toronto agency and corporation employees and board members.
  • Past participants of the Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions program.

Applications open: November 2, 2023

Applications close: November 22, 2023

Application screening and candidate interviews: November – December 2023

Training: January – May 2024

Key dates subject to change.

Below are some of the projects our Climate Action Champions are implementing in their communities.

Agincourt Loves Cycling

This project aims to increase climate change awareness among residents in the Agincourt area and encourage them to cycle more to help reduce emissions in the city. Residents will be offered education workshops and a series of cycling-related events. Topics and events include: safe cycling 101, road rules and responsibilities, family biking, bike route planning, in-person cycling instruction, and bike repair hubs. Learn more!

Home Retrofit Forum

The Home Retrofit Forum is a peer support group for homeowners who want to retrofit their homes to increase their energy efficiency and reduce or eliminate their emissions while making their homes more comfortable and potentially less expensive to operate. Group members are invited to ask questions, offer advice based on their personal experience or knowledge, and share the details of their home retrofit journey. Learn more!

Asphalt Painting

The project invites the community to come out to the park and paint on asphalt using eco-paint and learn about environmental stewardship. Community members will have to complete several climate action challenges and attend workshops in order to get more paint privileges and prizes. Residents will cultivate team spirit by working together on the challenges and by creating their art. The project will aim to create a more sustainable and connected community. Overall, we want climate action to be a fun endeavour for our community and to involve everyone regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status, and ethno-cultural background. Learn more!

Engage, Learn, & Transform Woburn

The project will set up a sharing equipment library of outreach equipment for resident grassroots leaders to use in their outdoor community events. Prior to borrowing equipment, resident/community leaders must attend one virtual orientation session that will introduce Transform TO goals, climate action concepts, and give examples on how to incorporate a climate action lens in community engagement activities. The project will engage people not normally involved in climate action conversations and aims to cultivate community leaders to become climate action champions and re-model how they do their community events using a climate action lens.

Wild About Pollinators

The project involves both the creation of an example pollinator garden and educational how to and awareness events to encourage our community to create their own pollinator gardens. We want to increase the number of pollinator gardens in our community and increase the knowledge of the benefits of pollinators and how they can contribute to lowering carbon emissions. We hope to support and grow an increasing network of individuals, businesses, and community organizations to connect together and create a platform for additional climate action projects and programs.

Soupalicious in-the-Park

We will be celebrating the local harvest by hosting events in parks within the Davenport area. Community residents are invited to attend for free soup and information about individual ways that we can help slow down/stop climate change. We aim to highlight how soups can be made from leftovers to reduce food waste and how growing your own vegetables can reduce “food miles”.

York-South Weston Clothing Swap

The project will organize a clothing swap event in the York South-Weston neighbourhood to promote sustainable fashion, foster community engagement, and encourage clothing reuse and recycling. A clothing swap is a community gathering where participants bring their gently used clothing items to exchange with others. The event provides an opportunity for individuals to refresh their wardrobes without any financial burden, while also promoting sustainable fashion practices. The event will create a space for community members to connect while looking through clothes and provide a welcoming environment for people to learn about the importance of reducing/reusing and recycling. The project aims to reduce textile waste and promote the concept of extending the lifespan of garments.

Youth Solar Mentorship

The project will aim to provide a group of newcomer youth with education and skills training on solar energy to prepare them for jobs in green energy sector. Participants will work with a mentor in the green energy /green building sector to model and showcase the potential impact of a solar project within the community. Youth will also gain hands-on experience by learning to develop solar equipment prototypes that represent larger scale solar energy systems. A final meeting will bring the youth and the community together to present the project and provide education on ways to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions together.