Living In Toronto
Learn about the visionary strategies and action plans that are helping Toronto become the most sustainable city in North America.
Learn more about the Better Buildings Partnership and other programs, grants and incentives to help businesses and non-profits reduce energy use, costs and emissions.
Programs, grants and incentives to help you green your life, home and neighbourhood.
The City of Toronto has been named as a finalist in the C40 Cities Awards, a program of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The awards provide global recognition for cities that demonstrate world-leading policies and programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve sustainability. The Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF), an agency dedicated to providing funding to facilitate action on climate change, is the focus of the City's finalist designation. When Toronto City Council established TAF in 1991, it was the first municipal agency of its kind in the world. Learn more about TAF.
Recognizing that climate change is one of the most important issues of our time, the City of Toronto has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
On May 5, 2015 City Council adopted the terms of reference for the Transformation Toronto 2050 project that outline the project's purpose and plan.
The Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto are jointly consulting on a potential mandatory energy reporting and benchmarking requirement for large commercial and multi-unit residential buildings, where owners could be required to annually report on their building’s energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about energy reporting and benchmarking.
The City has received four awards for energy reduction through Civic Action's Race to Reduce challenged building owners, landlords and tenants across the GTHA to collectively reduce their energy use by 10 per cent from 2011 to 2014. Four City buildings significantly exceeded the target: Toronto Archives - at 59 per cent - achieved the highest reduction of all participating buildings; City Hall, 21 per cent; Metro Hall, 15 per cent; and 277 Victoria Street, 19 per cent.