CED regions in Canada

Below are the regions in Canada that have declared a Climate Emergency, in chronological order. Click the “more” links to see details of the motions they passed.

From August 2018 onwards, 394 towns and cities in Quebec, Canada

An English translation of the declaration text adopted by the numerous towns and cities in Quebec (combined population of over 6.48 million, or 77% of Quebec’s population) since August 2018 is at https://www.groupmobilisation.com/the-dce-english.
more about the Quebec campaign...


See info on the background and genesis of the campaign in Quebec here.

See their 9-point action plan here (in French).

16 January 2019, Vancouver City Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 631,490

Vancouver City Council unanimously passed the motion from Councillor Christine Boyle. See the media release.
more...


See the full text of the motion.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
A. THAT Council recognize the breakdown of the stable climate and sea level under
which human civilization developed constitutes an emergency for the
City of Vancouver;
FURTHER THAT Council direct staff to report back within 90 days on
opportunities to:
i. increase ambition and/or accelerate timelines for existing actions under
the Renewable City Action Plan and Climate
Adaptation Strategy;
ii. add new actions to help the City achieve its targets;
iii. add new actions that would help reduce GHG emissions beyond the
scope of the City’s current climate targets; and
iv. Incorporate
into the City’s climate targets and actions the need to achieve
net zero carbon emissions before 2050 and net negative carbon emissions in the second half of the century.
B. THAT Council direct staff to establish a remaining carbon budget for corporate
and community emissions commensurate with limiting warming to 1.5ºC and
report annually on the expenditure of the City of Vancouver’s remaining carbon
budget.
C. THAT Council direct staff to establish a “Climate and Equity” working group to
provide guidance and support for the City’s efforts to transition off of fossil fuels
in ways the priorities those most vulnerable to climate impacts and most in need
of support in transitioning to renewable energy.

29 January 2019, Halifax Regional Council, Nova Scotia, Canada, population 403,130

In this case the motion is not quite as clear as others, but it is being reported that Halifax has joined other local councils in declaring a Climate Emergency. The motion is here.

4 February 2019, City of Richmond Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 198,310

The General Purposes Committee (which includes the Mayor and all Councillors) declared a Climate Emergency and referred specific actions to staff for a response within 6 weeks. Full minutes are here.
more...


The two parts of the resolution that passed were:

That the City of Richmond declare a climate emergency as climate change is a serious and urgent threat.

and

That the following be referred to staff:

As staff review our commitment to the Blue Dot initiative, that, a report be prepared within six months with respect to our municipal climate action plan so that it will be updated with strategies and actions with respect to the climate emergency as outlined by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in their October 2018 report. Richmond City Council will take leadership as our municipality faces immediate threats from sea level rise and coastal weather extremes. Food insecurity, low elevation geography, proximity to earthquake faults, and reliance on energy demanding pump-stations, are a few notable vulnerabilities. It is time to go beyond acknowledgement.

Direction to staff will include:

(1) accelerated emissions targets to shorten our timeline of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

(2) recommendations to achieve a whole city that is net zero carbon emissions, net zero waste, food self-sufficient and a rapid transition to an energy self-sufficient future.

(3) collaboration with the cities of Vancouver, Halifax, London, and Los Angeles, who have recently passed similar declarations of climate emergency.

12 February 2019, Mahone Bay Town Council, Nova Scotia, Canada, population 1,036

Second town in Nova Scotia to pass a motion declaring a Climate Emergency.
more...


The text of the motion is here.
Excerpt from preamable:

WHEREASwe -along with all residents of Planet Earth -are faced with a climate emergency, as recently recognized by the City of Halifax;

The resolutions:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
THAT Council direct staff to prepare a report to be presented to Council on or before April 9th, 2019, outlining:
▪Steps the Town of Mahone Bay could undertake in order to commit to further reduce or eliminate the Town’s corporate carbon footprint as per the urgency expressed in the IPCC Report; and,
▪Steps the Town of Mahone Bay could undertake in order to commit to further reduce or eliminate the community’s carbon footprint; and,
▪Related budgetary implications

13 February 2019, Capital Regional District (CRD), British Columbia, Canada, population 413,000

The CRD board heard from numerous citizens in the public gallery and voted unanimously in favour of the Climate Emergency Declaration. The district will ask local governments in the region to also declare climate emergencies and work towards carbon neutrality in the next 11 years.
more...


Excerpt:

1. That the Capital Regional District Board declare a Climate Emergency;
2. That the CRD take a leadership role to work towards achieving carbon neutrality in the region by 2030;
3. That the Board Chair write to all local governments in the region requesting that they also declare climate emergencies and commit to working towards climate neutrality by 2030;
4. ….

Full minutes are here.

19 February 2019, City of Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada, population 16,580

The first council in New Brunswick to declare a Climate Emergency. Edmundston has signed the same French-language declaration as towns and cities in Quebec. See the English translation of that declaration here.

21 February 2019, Powell River Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 13,157

4th city in British Columbia to declare a Climate Emergency. They debated at length whether the motion should say ‘climate state of emergency’ or ‘climate emergency’, and the latter won.
more...


Motions are here.

Motion 1: That Council join other Cities across Canada in declaring a Climate State of Emergency.
Motion 2: Request staff to prepare a report with recommendations returning to Council within 90 days including but not limited to:
– Outlining the greatest threats to the City of Powell River (both corporate and community) with respect to climate change impacts regarding estimated sea level rise, wildfire threats, increased flooding events, potential contamination of the water shed, and other immediate perceived threats;
– Begin discussions between the 3 governments (City, tla’amin & qathet RD) for establishing an advisory committee for disaster & emergency response planning with the Regional Manager of Emergency Services taking the lead;
– Establish a “Climate Action Plan 2020 and Beyond” for a carbon neutral City of Powell River;
– Begin tracking the financial implications of climate change impacts not only in the City’s Asset Management Plans but in all City departments.
– Become carbon neutral in the City’s corporate operations from 2019 and beyond.

5 March 2019, Kingston City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 161,175

City council unanimously voted to declare a climate emergency.
more...


Full agenda is here.
The motion:

Moved by Councillor Kiley
Seconded by Councillor Neill
– Whereas climate change is currently contributing to billions of dollars in property and infrastructure damage worldwide, stressing local and international economies;
– Whereas climate change is currently jeopardizing the health and survival of many species and other natural environments worldwide, stressing local and international ecosystems;
– Whereas climate change is currently harming human populations through rising sea levels and other extraordinary phenomena like intense wildfires worldwide, stressing local and international communities;
– Whereas recent international research has indicated a need for massive reduction in carbon emissions in the next 11 years to avoid further and devastating economic, ecological, and societal loss;
– Whereas an emergency can be defined as “an often dangerous situation requiring immediate action”;
Therefore be it resolved, that the City of Kingston, officially declare a climate emergency for the purposes of naming, framing, and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our ecosystems, and our community from climate change.

5 March 2019, View Royal Town Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 10,858

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
more...


Full minutes of meeting are here.
Excerpt:

MOVED BY:Councillor Lemon
SECONDED:Councillor Rogers
THAT the Town of View Royal declare a climate emergency and work toward carbon neutrality by 2030;
AND THAT the Town make climate action a priority and that it be incorporated into the Town’s Strategic Plan

11 March 2019, New Westminster Council, British Columbia, Canada, population: 70,996

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency.
more...


Full minutes of the meeting are here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT
Council recognize that climate change constitutes an emergency for the City of New Westminster; and
THAT Council direct staff to report back on how the following action items can be implemented:
1.Update existing City plans with new targets as per the IPCC report;
2.Increase ambition and/or accelerate timelines for existing actions under the Environmental Strategy and Action Plan and the Community Energy and Emissions Plan;
3.Consider new actions to help the City achieve its targets;
4.Consider new actions that would help reduce GHG emissions beyond the scope of the City’s current climate targets;
5.Track and report on community emissions;
6.Engage the community in discussion on how to drastically reduce GHG emissions with particular focus on those most vulnerable to climate impacts and most in need of support in transitioning to renewable energy;
7.More broadly communicate with the community about City emissions and targets;
8.Implement a carbon budget; and,
THAT Council direct staff to include climate action for consideration within the City’s strategic plan that is currently being developed.
CARRIED.All members of Council present voted in favour of the motion.

12 March 2019, Islands Trust Council, British Columbia, Canada, population: 26,000

Declared a Climate Change Emergency and resolved to intensify climate action.
more...


Meeting minutes are here.

Declare a Climate Emergency and Intensify Islands Trust Climate Action
That the Islands Trust Council:
1.Declare a Climate Change Emergency in the Islands Trust Area.
2.Add climate change mitigation, resilience, and adaptation policies to the Islands Trust Policy Statement amendment project.
3.Direct the Trust Council Chair to write to the Chairs of Regional Districts in the Islands Trust Area asserting Trust Council’s full support for declarations of a Climate Emergency;
4.Direct the Trust Council Chair to write to the Provincial Minister of the Environment, asserting the Islands Trust Council’s support to help the Province close the 25% emissions gap in the CleanBC Plan, and calling on the Province to provide the powers and resources to local governments;
5.Direct the Trust Council Chair to write to the Federal Minister of the Environment, asserting the Islands Trust Council’s support to help Canada meet its Nationally Determined Contribution target made in the Paris Agreement and call on the federal government toprovide the powers and resources to local governments.
6.Direct staff to report back to the June 2019 Trust Council meeting on measures and land-use planning actions that the Islands Trust can take to advance progress toward Local Trust Committee climate reduction targets and achieve further reductions in carbon from Trust operations.
7.Direct staff to include a central focus on equitable climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience into strategic planning to provide guidance and support for the Trust Area’s efforts to transition away from fossil fuels in ways that prioritize those most vulnerable to climate impacts and most in need of support in transitioning to renewable energy.
8.Trust Council directs staff to work with First Nations and First Nations government agencies to seek support for the climate change emergency and to engage to coordinate climate action strategies with First Nations within the Islands Trust Area.

14 March 2019, Victoria City Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 85,792

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
more...


Minutes of the meeting are here.
Extract:

Moved By Councillor Isitt, Seconded ByCouncillor Dubow
That Council:
1.Declares a climate emergency and commits to the objective of achieving carbon neutrality in the City of Victoria by 2030.
2.Directs staff to report back at the next update on the Climate Leadership Plan on the resource implications and potential amendments to the plan necessary to meet this objective.
3.Requests that the Mayor write, on behalf of Council, to the Capital Regional District Board Chair, as well as Mayors and Councils of the 12 others municipalities in the Capital Region, advising them of this action and encouraging them to respond favourably to the CRD Board Chair’s request to declare a climate emergency and work toward carbon neutrality in each municipality and electoral area by 2030.
4.Requests that the Mayor write to the Provincial Minister of the Environment, assert the City’s support to help the Province close the 25% emissions gap in the CleanBC Plan, and call on the Province to provide the powers and resources to local governments to make the Region’s 2030 target possible as outlined in Appendix A.
5.Requests that the Mayor write to the Federal Minister of the Environment, assert the City’s support to help Canada meet its Nationally Determined Contribution target made in the Paris Agreement and call on the federal government to provide the powers and resources to local governments to make the Region’s 2030 target possible as outlined in Appendix A.

18 March 2019, Moncton City Council, New Brunswick, Canada, population 71,890

Unanimously passed a motion by Councillor Boudreau to declare a Climate Emergency.
more...


The full resolution is Item 12.1 here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
That Moncton City Council declare a Climate Emergency.
That Council recognize the breakdown of the stable climate and sea and river levels under which human civilization developed constitutes an emergency for the City of Moncton.
THAT Council direct staff to report back by May 1, 2020 on opportunities to:
i.Increase ambition and/or accelerate timelines for existing actions under the City’s Climate Adaptation Strategy;
ii.Add new actions that would help the City achieve its targets;
iii.incorporate into the City’s climate targets and actions the need to achieve net zero carbon emissions before 2050 and net negative carbon emissions in the second half of the century; and
That Council call upon our Federal and Provincial governments to support the City of Moncton in its efforts to deal with the said Climate Emergency, and to do what is necessary and required now to create a safe and liveable future for our generation and those that may come in the future.

18 March 2019, Esquimalt Town Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 17,655

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
more...


Minutes can be downloaded here.
Extract:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
1. THAT the Township of Esquimalt declare a Climate Emergency;
2. THAT the Township of Esquimalt collaborate with the Capital Regional
District and other local governments to work towards achieving carbon
neutrality within the region by 2030;
3. THAT the Mayor write a letter of response to the Capital Regional
District that the Township has declared a climate emergency and commits
to working jointly within the region towards carbon neutrality by 2030, and
encourages the CRD to move quickly to identify and implement measures
to reduce GHG emissions;
4. THAT the Capital Regional District provide the Township of Esquimalt
with detailed information regarding specific actions and resources required
to make the Capital Regional District’s 2030 target possible, including the
action and resources required to reach the targets of member
communities;
5. THAT the Mayor write to the Provincial Minister of the Environment,
assert the Township’s support to help the Province close the 25%
emissions gap in the CleanBC Plan, and call on the Province to provide
the powers and resources to Local Governments to make the 2030 target
possible;
6. THAT the Mayor write to the Federal Minister of the Environment,
assert the Township’s support to help Canada meet its Nationally
Determined Contribution target made in the Paris Agreement and call on
the federal government to provide the powers and resources to Local
Governments to make the 2030 target possible;
7. THAT the Township request pro-bono assistance from West Coast
Environmental Law in determining how the Township can accurately track
the costs of climate change being incurred by our community.

Moved by Councillor Armour, seconded by Councillor Hundleby: That the
Main Motion be amended to include the following additional clause:
Clause 8 – That the Township move as quickly as possible to create and
implement a climate action plan and climate adaptation plan as per the
draft 2019 – 2023 Strategic Plan. Carried Unanimously.

The vote was taken on the Main Motion as amended and declared Carried
Unanimously.

18 March 2019, District of Highlands Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 2,225

Declared a Climate Emergency (Agenda item is here and news article is here.)

25 March 2019, Saanich District Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 119,229

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
more...


Full minutes are here.
Excerpt:

That:
1. The District of Saanich declare a climate emergency and work towards achieving carbon neutrality in the municipality by 2030; and
2. Staff be requested to prepare a report for Council on the initiatives that Saanich would be able to move forward on.

25 March 2019, Sidney Town Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 11,672

Declared a Climate Emergency
more...


Full minutes are Item 13 here.

Moved by Councillor S. Duncan, seconded by Councillor S. Garnett,
that the letter from Capital Regional District, dated February 26, 2019, be received and that Council declare a climate emergency and continue to work towards achieving carbon neutrality both in the community and corporate level.

27 March 2019, Hamilton City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 536,915

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target date of 2050.
more...


Full agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
(a)That the City of Hamilton declare a climate emergency that threatens our city, region, province, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world;
(b)That a multi-departmental Corporate Climate Change Task Force of City of Hamilton staff be created under the leadership of the City Manager;
(c)That the Corporate Climate Change Task Force be directed to investigate and identify:
i.Additional actions to be taken to incorporate into existing plans and policies toachieve net zero carbon emissions before 2050.
ii.Best processes to centralize reporting on Climate Change for the Corporation of the City of Hamilton;
iii.Gaps in current programs and projects and strategies to address those gaps; and,
iv.The establishment of a critical path and Terms of Reference to initiate an awareness strategy campaign to encompass the history of global warming, climate change and the United Nation’s Declaration on a Climate Emergency, which is to include the impacts of not taking such action, and the investment vs.the expense of taking such action;
(d)That the Corporate Climate Change Task Force report back to the Board of Health within 120 days; and,
(e)That Council supports City of Hamilton staff participation in Bay Area Climate Change Implementation Teams as subject matter experts to accelerate climate action across the Bay Area.

8 April 2019, Sooke District Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 13,001

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
more...


Full text of motion and adopted amendments in Item 8.1 here.
Excerpt:

MOVED by Councillor Tony St-Pierre, seconded by Councillor Jeff Bateman:
THAT Council declare a climate emergency in the District of Sooke.
CARRIED.
2019-157MOVED by Councillor Tony St-Pierre, seconded by Councillor Megan McMath:Amendment to Main Motion 2019-56
THAT Council amend the main motion by insertingthe following, after the word Sooke:
•District of Sooke aspire to be carbon neutral by 2030.
•The climate be a priority to Strategic Planning.
•Reactivate the Climate Change Action Committee.CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

8 April 2019, Oak Bay Municipal Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 18,094

Declared a Climate Emergency
more...


Minutes of meeting, Item 5, are here.

That
the District of Oak Bay declare a climate emergency and work towards the goal of carbon neutrality by 2030;
and that the District incorporate revised carbon neutrality goals into the 2020 and subsequent year strategic plans.

11 April 2019, Central Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada, population 59,517

The Regional District of Central Kootenay declared a ‘climate action imperative‘ on 11 April 2019.
more...


Minutes of the meeting are here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
That the Regional District of Central Kootenay Board recognizes that the world is in a global state of climate crisis. This reality creates an imperative for ALL ORDERS OF GOVERNMENT to undertake “rapid and far reaching” changes to building construction, energy systems, land use and transportation.

23 April 2019, Burlington City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 205,960

Population: 205,960
Unanimously passed a motion — brought forward by Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan — to declare a climate emergency.
more...


Full text of the motion is here.
Excerpt:

Now therefore be it resolved:

That the City of Burlington declare a climate emergency for the purposes of deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, environment and community from climate change; and

That Council and staff immediately increase the priority of the fight against climate change and apply a climate lens to the plans and actions of the City of Burlington including the Council strategic workplan and future budgets; and

That staff are directed to bring a report to the June 3, 2019 Committee of the Whole meeting that outlines actions taken to date and includes a critical path for the development of the first City of Burlington Climate Action Plan that will:

a. address the operations of the corporation of the municipality as well as the functioning of the entire community; and

b. include a plan for a thorough and complete consultation with stakeholders and the community; and

c. increase action and ambition for the City’s climate change-related activities; and

That staff are directed to bring the Burlington Climate Action Plan to Council no later than December 2019 for approval.

23 April 2019, West Nipissing Council, Ontario, Canada, population 14,364

Declared a Climate Emergency
more...


Agenda item (page 94) is here.
Excerpt:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT
the Municipality of West Nipissing officially declare a climate emergency for the purposes of naming, framing, and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our eco systems, and our community from climate change.

23 April 2019, London City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 383,825

Voted 12-3 to pass a Climate Emergency Declaration motion. (Motion text coming soon)

24 April 2019, Ottawa City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 964,743

Passed a Climate Emergency Declaration motion. (Motion text coming soon)

29 April 2019, St Catharines City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 133,113

The declaration calls on the city to take action and protect the community from climate change.
more...


Agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

WHEREAS an emergency can be defined as “an often dangerous situation requiring immediate action”;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of St. Catharines officially declare a climate emergency for the purposes of recognizing the urgent need to take action to mitigate the effects of climate change and to deepen the City’s commitment to protecting its economy, ecosystems, and community from climate change.

29 April 2019, Nanaimo City Council, British Columbia, Canada, population: 90,504

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency.
more...


Full agenda (Item 14) is here.
Excerpt:

Therefore be it resolved, that the City of Nanaimo officially declare a climate emergency for the purposes of identifying and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our eco systems, and our community from global warming.”

That all funds in the Regional Emissions Reduction Reserve be moved to a new reserve fund for the purpose of supporting projects, plans and initiatives that reduce the City of Nanaimo’s community wide CO2 emissions to between 50% to 58% below 2010 levels by 2030, and between 94% and 107% below 2010 levels by 2050.
That the framework, strategies and actions, and implementation of City of Nanaimo Community Sustainability Action Plan be updated to reflect the target goal, based on the information contained in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, of limiting global warming to 1.5ºC.
That correspondence be sent to the Regional District of Nanaimo requesting the addition of 20,000 annual public transit hours to improve public transit service delivery within the City of Nanaimo and develop transit routes that connect our local system with inter-regional connections.
That correspondence be sent to the Honourable George Heyman, provincial Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, requesting that province reinstate the production of the Community Energy and Emissions Inventory Reports or dedicate grant funding to be used for their creation.

6 May 2019, Halton Hills Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 61,161

Unanimously passed a Climate Emergency Declaration motion.
more...


Full motion is here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that The Town of Halton Hills declare a Climate Emergency in the knowledge that this is an emergency with no foreseeable conclusion which will require permanent robust changes in how the Corporation conducts its business and a resetting of goals with respect to Engineering, Planning, Building, Recreation, Parks Libraries, Fire and Transportation Services;
AND FURTHER THAT in response to this emergency, the need to reduce overall emissions from the Town of Halton Hills is deemed to be the highest priority and can be addressed through but not limited to the following actions:
1.The Town of Halton Hills sets a goal to be a Net Zero municipality by 2030.
2.The update to the Halton Hills Green Building standards be strengthened,and tools be investigated to incentivize the construction of R-2000 or LEED Platinumstandard or Net Zero buildings.
3.Transition the Town’s fleet to electric vehicles wherever possible and as soon as possible.
etc.

19 May 2019, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, Old Crow, Yukon, Canada, population 300

Declared a Climate State of Emergency, marked by a ceremony.
more...


The declaration text is here.
Excerpt:

Therefore the Vuntut Gwitchin Council, gathered on May 19, 2019 at the
village of Old Crow, Yukon within the territory of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
and other concerned actors adhering to this declaration hereby:

Declare that climate change constitutes a state of emergency for our lands,
waters, animals and people, and that we will accordingly utilize our local, national
and international forums and partnerships to achieve meaningful progress
towards the Paris Accord and the inception of an Indigenous Climate Accord that
shall call for coordinated efforts with our relatives around the world, and to

Action local, national and international communities, governments,
organizations and movements to respect the traditional knowledge of indigenous
peoples as well as established science and utilize all available powers, resources
and abilities to coordinate and mobilize efforts to prevent the rise of global
temperatures above 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrialized levels.

21 May 2019, Wolfville Town Council, Nova Scotia, Canada, population 4,195

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency on 21 May 2019

27 May 2019, Colwood City Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 16,859

Declared a Climate Emergency and endorsed a 2030 carbon neutral target date
more...


See Agenda Item 8.3 here.
Excerpt:

THAT COUNCIL

Declare a climate emergency and endorse the CRD’s Call to work towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2030;

AND THAT the May 17th, 2019 report entitled “Climate Emergency Declaration”, and the attached correspondence from the Chair of the CRD Board and the Mayor of the City of Victoria be received, and staff be directed to prepare a letter to be sent to the CRD indicating the City of Colwood’s response to their calls for a declaration of a climate emergency and commitment to work towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2030;

AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to prepare a follow-up report within a set time period (e.g. within 90 days) with options for accelerating action and taking near-term steps to address climate change.

28 May 2019, Greater Sudbury City Council, Ontario, Canada, population: 161,531

The CED motion by councillors Deb McIntosh, Geoff McCausland and Al Sizer was presented at a city council meeting packed with supporters and passed with little debate.
more...


Agenda item is here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Greater Sudbury officially declare a climate emergency to name and deepen our commitment to protecting our economy, our eco systems, and our community from climate change;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the City of Greater Sudbury reaffirms action on climate change as a strategic priority;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the City of Greater Sudbury direct staff to bring a report to City Council for its consideration before the end of 2019 that describes an approach for creating a Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation Plan that includes adaptation or mitigation measures including, but not limited to:

a.The reduction of municipal carbon emissions including the identification of specific targets and, ultimately, net zero carbon emissions by 2050;

b.Policy choices that increase the proportion of residents that can choose active transportation modes or public transit for their daily needs;

c.Operating standards for municipal facilities and technical specifications for municipal construction contracts that reduce carbon pollution;

d.The development of measurement and reporting systems for energy utilization and carbon reduction to inform policy and budgeting choices;

e.Collaboration with other governments, institutions and industry associations to improve standards and protocols that can positively address climate adaptation and mitigation;

f.The potential to create an advisory committee that provides guidance and support for the City’s efforts to respond to the climate emergency;

g.A Business Case for consideration as part of the 2020 Budget that secures the resources required to develop the Plan.

28 May 2019, Prince Edward County Council, Ontario, Canada, population 24,735

Clr. Kate MacNaughton brought back a motion that was passed at the previous council meeting and amended it to explicitly declare a Climate Emergency. The amended motion passed with a 10-3 vote.
more...


Clr. Kate MacNaughton’s motion:

1. WHEREAS, locally, the County is experiencing the early effects of climate change:
● increasing weather volatility: wind storms; increasingly frequent polar vortices and ice storms; hotter, longer droughts; unpredictable thaws and extraordinary flooding events and;
● predictable long-term effects of hotter climate and intermittent, sustained droughts and flooding like desertification, soil erosion and greater risk of grass and forest fires;

2. AND WHEREAS the land provides a living for many hundreds of families and individuals in Prince Edward County and we therefore have a duty to do all we can to protect that land;

3. AND WHEREAS the municipality has already invested time and resources in mitigating the direct effects of climate change in Prince Edward County;

4. AND WHEREAS this climate change and human activity that propels it is already having a devastating effect internationally on coastal communities, the polar caps, ocean habitats and biodiversity;

5. AND WHEREAS the social, economic and environmental costs will continue to rise on a local and global scale as this crisis grows;

NOW THEREFORE, The Council for The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward resolves: To support other communities that have elected to ‘name and frame’ this global crisis by officially declaring a climate emergency;

THAT the Environmental Advisory Committee be re-established as a Council priority; and

To reach out to encourage other municipalities, as well as the provincial and federal governments, and urge them to commit to protect our air, soil and water and to commit to use all the tools available to reduce the human activity that is causing this climate emergency and to promote a safe and sustainable planet for future generations.

4 June 2019, Vaughan City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 306,233

Declared a Climate Emergency as prompted by local students. Motion text P62 is here.

5 June 2019, Brampton City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 593,638

Declared a Climate Emergency. Press release is here.

11 June 2019, Port Moody City Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 33,551

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency and set a 6-point action plan
more...


Agenda Item 9.3 is here.
Excerpt:

THAT the City of Port Moody declare a climate emergency;
AND THAT the City of Port Moody update its GHG emission targets to be in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report targets, and include in its Climate Action Plan and other community plans new bold actions that the City could pursue to achieve its targets,including, but not limited to, the followingsix actions:
1.aim to have 90% of all new residents live within an easy walk of their “daily needs”; 2.accelerate its goal of having 40% of trips in the City made by walking, biking, or transit by 2030, and continue to champion regional transit initiatives;
3.have 50% of all cars driven on City roads be zero emissions vehicles by 2030;
4.aim to have all new and replacement heating and hot water systems in buildings produce zero emissions by 2025;
5.by 2030, reduce the carbon content of new buildings and construction projects by 40% (compared to 2018); and
6.include targets for enhancement, including opportunities for creek daylighting/enhancement, foreshore protection and enhancement, establishing connectivity between Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs) and enhancing forest health in the City’s ESA Management Strategy, and develop an urban forestry strategy that will move towards achieving the IPCC Goals;

17 June 2019, Sarnia City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 71,594

Declared a Climate Emergency
more...


Motion: Councillor White – Climate Emergency

– That the City of Sarnia, officially declare a climate emergency for the purposes of joining a national and international movement and to provide a lens through which all policies and opportunities can be viewed; and
– That staff identify target areas in municipal policy through which specific changes can have the greatest impact to reduce our carbon footprint and therefore, our local impact on climate change.

17 June 2019, Canada, population 37 million

The House of Commons of the Canadian parliament passed the following Climate Emergency Declaration with a vote of 186-63:

declare that Canada is in a national climate emergency which requires, as a response, that Canada commit to meeting its national emissions target under the Paris Agreement and to making deeper reductions in line with the Agreement’s objective of holding global warming below two degrees Celsius and pursuing efforts to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius

19 June 2019, Mississauga City Council, Onario, Canada, population 721,599

Declared a Climate Emergency
more...


Motion text:

Climate change is a real and urgent crisis, driven by human activity, that impacts the environment, biodiversity, human health and the economy;

The City of Mississauga is committed to taking action on climate change, therefore the City of Mississauga declares a climate emergency and directs staff to develop and bring forward a climate change action plan to Council for approval by the end of 2019. That the students of Camilla Road Senior Public School be thanked for their initiative on this matter.

24 June 2019, Kitchener City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 233,222

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
more...


The agenda item (p2) is here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED that the City of Kitchener is declaring a climate
emergency with the directive to provide continued support to corporate and
community climate action at the City and work towards improved targets where possible.

24 June 2019, Oakville Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 193,832

Declared a Climate Emergency

24 June 2019, Whitby Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 135,566

Declared a Climate Emergency
more...


Motion text P5 is here.
Motion:

1. That Council recognizes that climate change poses a significant threat to both the current and future social, economic, and environmental well-being of the community;
2. That Council recognizes the need to strive for an extensive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the local and global impacts of climate change;
3. That measures to promote mitigation and resiliency be considered and implemented across the community to ensure that the community remains prosperous and protected from climate change;
4. That Council declare a climate emergency as a way of strengthening Whitby’s commitment to reducing the short and long term impacts of climate change;
5. That Council demonstrate leadership and encourage the community to consider the urgency of climate change in all daily activities, and;
6. That Council request Staff to consider climate change as a priority in all activities and works completed across the municipality to strive for a deep reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and to consider comprehensive and proactive implementation of measures to promote mitigation and resiliency in the face of climate change.

27 June 2019, qathet Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, population 19,599

Declared a Climate Emergency. Agenda Item 10.2 is here.

2 July 2019, Squamish Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 19,512

Declared a Climate Emergency
more...


Full motion text is here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
THAT council recognizes that climate change constitutes an emergency for the District of Squamish; and,
THAT the District of Squamish shall seek to support a transition off of fossil fuels in ways that prioritize those most vulnerable to climate impacts and most in need of support in transitioning to renewable energy; and,
THAT council shall continue to develop policy and demonstrate leadership that directs meaningful action on Squamish’s Climate Emergency Declaration; and
THAT the Climate Emergency Declaration shall be clearly at the heart of all future staff reports and operations; and
THAT council direct staff to report back with the following:
•By the end of 2019, a Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGe) Reduction and Implementation Plan that sets interim reduction targets for community-wide emissions that are in line with the long term goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C as per the 2018 IPCC report (reduction of 45% by 2030, 65% by 2040 and 100% by 2050);
•Once the GHGe Reduction and Implementation Plan is completed, a mechanism to track and publicly report progress on the GHGe Reduction and Implementation Plan;
•Once the GHGe Reduction and Implementation Plan is complete, a strategy to engage the community in dialogue and action on the GHGe Plan and Targets that will result in drastic reduction of community-wide emissions;
•Municipal budgets and 5-year financial plans that reflect the urgency of climate change and prioritize taking action locally on mitigation and adaptation;
•In 2020, bring forward options to incentivize better building efficiency and to increase public-accessibility to EV infrastructure;
•Prioritize implementation of the Economic Development Sector Strategy through a lens of climate emergency, sustainability and equitable opportunity.

8 July 2019, West Vancouver District Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 42,473

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
more...


Agenda Item 10 is here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
(1)Council recognizes that climate changeconstitutes an emergency for the District of West Vancouver; and
(2)Staff be directed to report back within 90 days regarding:
i.actions the District is presently taking to reduce GHG emissions (corporate and community)and to meet the District’s climate targets;
ii. actions the District is presently taking toadaptto climate change(corporate and community) and their costs;
iii. actions that comparable municipalities are taking to reduce their GHG emissions; and
iv. additional actions that the District could take in the short, medium and long term (corporate and community)to further reduce GHG emissions.

8 July 2019, North Vancouver City Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 52,898

Declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency.
more...


Agenda Item 9.8 can be found here.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the District of North Vancouver declare a climate & ecological emergency;
AND THAT staff are directed to incorporate more urgent climate action and ecological
protection into strategic and financial planning processes;
AND THAT Council commit to meeting our carbon pollution targets which align with the most current IPCC science, and which were unanimously supported January 21, 2019;
AND THAT the District of North Vancouver establish an annual carbon budget for corporate
and community carbon pollution beginning no later than January 2020;
AND THAT a North Shore Climate & Biodiversity Committee is formed;
AND THAT this declaration & climate commitment is shared with the community via dnv.org
and via email to staff and partner agencies.

8 July 2019, King Township, Ontario, Canada, population 24,512

Declared a Climate Emergency
more...


Full motion text is here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
1. The Township of King officially DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY for the purpose of naming and deepening our commitment to the protection of our economy, environment and community from the impacts of climate change;
2. The Township of King officially DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY for the purpose of expressing our commitment to reduce emissions across the whole Township, including both the emitters within the Township’s control and all those who consider King to be their community such that the whole community can benefit from the ancillary opportunities such as economic growth, stimulation in the low carbon economy, and cost savings which are created by reducing emissions.
3. That in response to this declaration, Council directs staff to:
i.Ensure that the Township of King’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan is utilized as a platform for public engagement and community collaboration to respond to this emergency during the Refresh of the Sustainability Plan which is currently underway;
ii.Proactively engage staff to reach near and long term GHG reduction targets as outlined in the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan Update and present additional opportunities relating to increased GHG and energy reductions to Council for consideration as they arise;
iii. Staff begins the process of creating a Climate Action Plan for the Township of King, focused on mitigation and adaptation at the community level;
iv. Evaluate joining the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy or other forums and bring forward a staff report to Council with more information in 2020.

9 July 2019, Smithers Town Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 10,607

Declared a Climate Emergency

15 July 2019, Chatham-Kent Municipal Council, Ontario, Canada, population 101,647

Declared a Climate Emergency
more...


Motion text is here.
Excerpt:

Therefore be it resolved,That
the Municipality of Chatham Kent officially declare a climate emergency for the purposes of joining a national and international movement and to provide a lens through which all strategy, policies, action-items and opportunities can be viewed;
and that staff work swiftly to identify target areas in municipal policy through which specific changes can have the greatest impact to reduce our individual and collective environmental impact,
and that staff work swiftly to identify means to engage all constituents, partners and stakeholders as active participants in preventing further climate change while reducing damages that have already occurred.

15 July 2019, Duncan City Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 4,944

Declared a Climate Emergency
more...


Motion text is here.
Excerpt:

That Council recognizes that climate change constitutes an emergency for the City of Duncan;
And
That staff be directed to report back to Council within 90 days regarding:
– actions the City has previously taken to reduce GHG emissions;
– actions the City is presently taking to reduce GHG emissions;
– actions the City is taking to adapt to climate change;
– an action from the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, prioritized by the Environment and Sustainability Committee to be initiated in 2019;
– additional actions that the City could take in the short, medium and long term to further reduce GHG emissions.