Living In Toronto

Environment & Energy

The City and its residents and businesses are working together to make Toronto the most sustainable city in North America. Learn more about our goals, programs and action plans.

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Climate & Energy Goals

Learn about the visionary strategies and action plans that are helping Toronto become the most sustainable city in North America.

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Programs for Businesses & Nonprofits

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.

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Extreme Weather

Extreme weather can occur at any time. Learn more about extreme weather and the steps you can take to reduce your risks and weather-proof your home.


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Toronto's Draft Pollinator Protection Strategy - Overview

Toronto has developed a draft Pollinator Protection Strategy to identify additional actions that can be taken by the City and the community to support pollinators. We are looking for feedback on our proposed actions. Learn more and share your ideas!

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Toronto joins 100 Resilient Cities

Toronto has been selected by 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, to join the 100RC Network, a global community of cities working to build urban resilience. Through the 100RC Network, the City will gain access to funding, resources and expertise to build Toronto's resilience to the physical, social and economic challenges of the 21st century. Learn more.

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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.



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.



Toronto wins 2016 Sustainable Communities Award

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).


Energy Reporting and Benchmarking (ERB)

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.


City of Toronto wins four awards in Race to Reduce challenge

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.