The City of Toronto, like many other cities in the world, has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050 to help reduce the most negative impact of climate change.

Reaching this goal will require big changes in the ways that we live, travel, work and consume goods and services, which will in turn affect everything from the structure of our local economy, to the types of jobs we hold, to our education and training programs, and more.   

What is Transform TO?

TransformTO is a project that will engage Toronto residents and businesses in imagining the transformative changes we will need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, while at the same time improving public health, enhancing our local economy, and reducing social inequalities. 

TransformTO will reveal how it's possible to create a more prosperous, healthy and equitable Toronto while living and working in sustainable ways.

Reducing our emissions to address climate change will involve a community-wide effort. TransformTO will be co-created with ideas, advice and input from residents, businesses, community organizations, and research institutions, and analysis will help us identify what is technically feasible as we look to create the best path to a low carbon future.

People will be at the centre of the transformation and there will be multiple opportunities for interested residents and businesses to participate in the TransformTO conversations.  

TransformTO will produce a framework for decision-making that will help the city identify the path to sustainability and suggest key starting points where we will need to begin.

Two separate but related documents will be created: 

  1. A short-term strategy (2017-2020) outlining the actions that will allow Toronto to meet its 30% greenhouse gas emissions target by 2020 through policy and programming.
  2. A long-term (2020-2050) approach that will identify how we can reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 while generating a healthier, more prosperous and equitable city. 

To support the technical component of TransformTO, the project will use the best methods, tools and models from around the world to assess various scenarios and strategies to reduce our emissions by 80%.  TransformTO will also assess the impact of these strategies on air quality and health, for example, and identify how the cost of energy will affect businesses, homeowners and vulnerable populations into the future.

Imagine: TransformTO - the most livable city in the world.