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.
2015 Toronto Environmental Progress Report
The City has issued its 2015 Toronto Environmental Progress Report, the first report of its kind to document overall progress towards Toronto's environmental goals and priorities. In addition to highlighting many achievements, made in partnership with communities and stakeholders across the city, the report identifies key policies, programs and strategies that are contributing to a greener, more sustainable and livable city.
Through TransformTO, the City is engaging residents, businesses and community leaders in creating a vision for Toronto's low-carbon future and generating ideas and a plan to effect further, deep emissions reductions. The goal is to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 while creating a more healthy, equitable and prosperous Toronto. Get involved in TransformTO.
The City of Toronto has won a Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for two innovative financing programs that promote energy efficiency improvements in residential properties. Learn more about Toronto's Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) and High-rise Retrofit Improvement Support Program (Hi-RIS).
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.