CED regions in Canada

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

From August 2018 onwards, 400 towns and cities in Quebec, Canada

An English translation of the declaration text adopted by the numerous towns and cities in Quebec since August 2018 is at https://www.groupmobilisation.com/la-duc-the-dce-la-dec. In addition, the Quebec government has also declared a Climate Emergency.
PROGRESS SO FAR:
We haven’t seen much reporting of post-CED actions by Quebec councils, but that doesn’t mean nothing is happening. This article concerns actions taken by the Trois-Rivières Council.
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 631,486

Vancouver City Council unanimously passed the motion from Councillor Christine Boyle. See the media release.
PROGRESS SO FAR:
29 April 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Climate Emergency Response report to increase efforts to tackle climate change, containing 53 accelerated actions to ramp-up local action right away.
motion text


Minutes P12 are here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
A. THAT Council recognize that:
i. we are in a global state of climate emergency that constitutes a crisis for Vancouver including costs related to more extreme weather events, air quality deterioration and sea level rise;
ii. almost all governments have failed to meet targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including the City of Vancouver which has only decreased emissions by 7 percent to date despite aiming for a 33 percent reduction over 2007 levels by 2020;
iii. we have a responsibility to respond to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) October 2018 call for all political leaders to take urgent action to keep average global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees C in order to avoid catastrophic social, environmental and economic breakdown;
iv. we need to evaluate the impact of the City’s actions to date on GHG emissions to determine what is working well, what is not and why and then publicly report out the findings annually to track our progress;
v. we need to incorporate a gendered intersectional lens into climate actions and the Climate Adaptation Strategy; and
vi. we need to encourage residents, businesses and visitors to move towards carbon free transportation modes, including but not limited to, providing incentives by expanding and expediting electric vehicle charging stations privately and publicly;
Furthermore, we need to explore possibilities for reducing the cost of public pay parking for electric vehicles, bikes and other mobility devices; and
FURTHER THAT Council direct staff to report back within 90 days on updating the City’s Greenest City and Renewable City Action Plans and Climate Adaptation Strategy in order to:
i. increase targets and accelerate timelines for actions in line with the IPCC call for 45 percent reductions in GHG emissions over 2010 levels by 2030, net zero emissions by 2050, and net negative carbon emissions in the second half of the century;
ii. add new actions to help the City achieve its new reduction goals; and
iii. create interim four-year targets and goals to reach new reduction goals.
B. THAT Council direct staff to establish a remaining carbon budget for corporate and community emissions commensurate with limiting warming to 1.5ºC, re-evaluate how to best measure such emissions, 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 that prioritize 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 403,131

Halifax has declared a Climate Emergency.
motion text


The minutes are here.

MOVED by Councillor Zurawski, seconded by Councillor Craig
THAT Halifax Regional Council request that staff prepare a report and recommendations and return to Council within one year with respect to:
1. The recognition by HRM Council that the breakdown of the stable climate and sea levels under which human civilization developed constitutes an emergency for HRM.
2. That staff provide Regional Council with an update on current staff reports pertaining to climate change, including, but not limited to, the report for the creation of a Climate Directorate, reporting directly to the CAO, and the Green Network Plan.
3. The incorporation into the Municipality’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.
4. The establishment of a remaining carbon budget for corporate and community emissions commensurate with limiting warming to 1.5 ̊C and an annual reporting process with respect to the expenditure HRM’s remaining carbon budget.
AMENDED MOTION PUT AND PASSED UNANIMOUSLY.

4 February 2019, City of Richmond Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 198,309

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.
motion text


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.
motion text


The minutes are 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 383,360

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.
motion text


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.
motion text


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.
motion text


Minutes are 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; and
Whereas climate change is currently jeopardizing the health and survival of many species and other natural environments worldwide, stressing local and international eco systems; and
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; and
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; and
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 eco systems, and our community from climate change.
Carried (13:0)

5 March 2019, View Royal Town Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 10,408

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
motion text


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.
PROGRESS SO FAR:
28 August 2019: Released council Action Plan. The plan is here.
3 January 2020: Seeking community input on budget decisions for “seven bold steps” to address climate change, which relate to a carbon-free corporation, a car-light community, carbon-free homes and buildings, pollution-free vehicles, carbon-free energy, a robust urban forest and a people-centred public realm.
motion text


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.
motion text


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
motion text


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 71,889

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


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
motion text


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
motion text


Minutes Item 8.1 are here.

Moved Councillor Ann Baird, Seconded Councillor Gord Baird
a)That Council declare a Climate Emergency, and
b)That Council commit to the objectives of achieving carbon neutrality in the District of Highlands by 2030.
CARRIED

25 March 2019, Saanich District Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 114,148

Declared a Climate Emergency and set a 2030 carbon neutral target date
PROGRESS SO FAR:
19 August 2019: Revised carbon reduction targets for council operations and wider community
27 December 2019: Set new goal of 45% reduction in community-wide emissions by 2030, via aiming for 25% EV use and low-carbon renovation of 140 homes and 3% of commercial buildings space each year
January 2020: Adopted 10-year action plan with 131 actions
motion text


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
motion text


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 536,917

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


Minutes Item 3 are here.
Excerpt:

(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 to achieve net zero carbon emissions before 2050;
(ii) Best processes to centralize reporting on Climate Change for the Corporation of the City of Hamilton;(iii)Green initiative investments and returns to the community, including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) The City of Hamilton has reduced its carbon footprint since 2005. In addition to efforts surrounding mitigating personal property flooding the City has initiated a number of energy conservation initiatives;
(2) Energy intensity at City facilities (e.g. Recreation, Lodges, Entertainment, Police, etc.), has been reduced by 28% when comparing 2017 versus 2005;
(3) The City of Hamilton was a leader in the development of local district energy. The City of Hamilton established Hamilton Renewal Power Inc. (HRPI), which operates cogeneration at the wastewater treatment plant and landfill. HRPI generates 28,000,000 kwh of renewable energy annually with a reduction of 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide;
(4) Cumulative greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from energy conservation initiatives over the period 2011-2017 is 52,325 tonnes;
(5) When comparing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the periods 2016 versus 2005, 2005 emissions were in excess of
Council Minutes 19-006 March 27, 2019Page 14 of 67 120,000 tonnes, decreasing to in excess of 80,000 tonnes by 2016; and,
(6) At the Bay Area Climate Change Summit some clear directions were discussed that would allow Hamilton to meeting its climate change targets:
(aa)All new building be built net zero by 2030 and all new buildings retrofitted by 2050 including fuel switching;
(bb) All diesel vehicles be decommissioned by 2030 and all vehicles electrified by 2050;
(cc)Low carbon technology for our steel manufacturing and other district energy technologies; and,
(dd) These initiatives would need to be taken by all partners and the City could show leadership by committing to these actions for construction and renovations of City facilities, requiring net zero construction where the City funds organizations for building (i.e. affordable housing) and the City could continue to “green” its own fleet of vehicles towards the goals listed above;
(iv) Gaps in current programs and projects and strategies to address those gaps; and,
(v) 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
motion text


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
motion text


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.
motion text


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 183,314

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


Minutes Item 14.2 are 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
d. include performance metrics to track progress and timelines for achieving key deliverables/major milestones, and a strategy to report back publicly on progress.
Direct the City Manager to bring the Burlington Climate Action Plan to Council no later than December 2019 for approval.
IN FAVOUR: (7) Mayor Meed Ward, Councillor Galbraith, Councillor Kearns, Councillor Nisan, Councillor Stolte, Councillor Sharman, and Councillor Bentivegna
CARRIED (7 to 0)

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

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes Item H13 are 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.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Prime Minister of Canada, Premier of Ontario, Minister of Environment & Climate Change, Minister of Finance, John Vanthof -MPP Timiskaming-Cochrane, Marc Serré -MP Nickel Belt, Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and FONOM
CARRIED AS AMENDED

23 April 2019, London City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 383,822

Voted 12-3 to pass a Climate Emergency Declaration motion.
PROGRESS SO FAR
20 November 2019: detailing immediate actions, after 4 months, and after 1 year
motion text


Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

Therefore, a climate emergency BE DECLARED by the City of London for the purposes of naming, framing, and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our eco systems, and our community from climate change.”;

it being noted that the above-noted Declaration is not intended to invoke the City of London’s Emergency Response Plan or to interfere with the responsibilities and power delegated to the Mayor to declare or to terminate a local emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, 1990;

it being further noted that a climate emergency is distinct from the kinds of emergencies contemplated under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, 1990, as it is a global emergency with impacts extending beyond London and Ontario

24 April 2019, Ottawa City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 934,243

Passed a Climate Emergency Declaration motion.
PROGRESS SO FAR
Allocated $250,000, which will go towards renewable energy and energy conservation programs, as well as conducting an analysis of its goals for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.
motion text


Minutes Item 12 are here.
Excerpt:

That Council:
1.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;
2.Establish a Council Sponsors Group comprised of representatives from the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management, Planning Committee, Transportation Committee, Transit Commission, the Ottawa Board of Health and the Councillor Liaison of the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee;
3.Direct City staff to include the following in the review and update of the Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan (AQCCMP):a)An analysis of how the AQCCMP’s long term target to reduce GHG emissions 80% below 2012 levels by 2050 compares to the IPCC’stargets for limiting global warming to 1.5 ºC b)Midterm (2030) corporate and community GHG emission reduction targets c)Climate Change mitigation and adaptation priorities for next five years (2019-2024) to embed climate change considerations across all elements of City business;
4.Direct City staff to include the following in the Energy Evolution Final Report:
a)Status update of Energy Evolution Phase 1 actions
b)New concrete actions and resource implications (staff and financial) to achieve GHG emission reduction targets
c)Use an equity and inclusion lens in the prioritization of actions
d)Funding and savings options for the City when implementing emission reductions;
5.Direct City staff to report back, within the 2019 calendar year, on a spending plan for the Hydro Ottawa Dividends Surplus that would help reduce community and corporate GHG emissions beyond the scope of the City’s current climate targets while also saving money;
6.Direct City staff to complete a vulnerability assessment and develop a climate resiliency strategy to reduce the impacts of a changing climate;
7.Recognize climate change as a strategic priority in the City’s strategic plan and accompanying budget directions for the remaining Term of Council; and
8.Work with senior levels of government to accelerate ambition and action to meet the urgency of climate change and provide additional resources for municipalities and the public to reduce their GHG emissions and build resiliency to climate impacts.

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.
motion text


Minutes Item 8 are 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; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the motion be referred to Council’s Strategic Planning session

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

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency.
motion text


Minutes (Item 11) are 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.
motion text


Minutes are 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 526

Declared a Climate State of Emergency, marked by a ceremony.
motion text


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. Minutes Item 7g are here.

21 May 2019, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada, population 94,285

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes P6 are here.

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

Declared a Climate Emergency and endorsed a 2030 carbon neutral target date
motion text


Minutes are 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.

27 May 2019, Tracadie Regional Municipal Council, New Brunswick, Canada, population 16,114

Declared a Climate Emergency (l’état d’urgence climatique )
motion text


Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

Nous sommes en crise climatique, et cette crise est un état d’urgence climatique.Que face aux risques qu’encourent les générations futures, cette crise climatique est maintenant un enjeu qui menace principalement les niveaux de sécurité suivants:
1 -Niveau économique PARCE QUE la crise climatique expose les économies, les sociétés et les écosystèmes à de graves risques pouvant entraîner l’économie mondiale dans un écroulement global.
2 -Niveau de la santé humaine PARCE QUE l’activité humaine influe sur le climat mondial avec de graves répercussions pour la santé pouvant entraîner un effondrement de la population mondiale.
3-Niveau alimentaire PARCE QUE les changements climatiques provoquent de graves problèmes de sous-alimentation et defamines qui mettent en danger la vie de plus de 4 milliards d’êtres humains, créant les conditions de migrations massives et constituant une menace pour la sécurité alimentaire mondiale.
4-Niveau environnemental PARCE QUE l’Association américaine pour l’avancement des sciences nous avertit que « nos estimations révèlent un recul exceptionnellement rapide de la biodiversité au cours des derniers siècles, ce qui indique qu’une sixième extinction de masse est en cours », et que cet anéantissement biologique est causé principalement par la destruction des habitats naturels et l’accélération des bouleversements climatiques dues aux activités humaines.
5 -Niveau sécurité nationale et internationale PARCE QUE l’O.N.U. affirme que les changementsclimatiques sont au cœur des questions de sécurité ayant le potentiel d’entrainer l’humanité dans des crises mondiales majeures.FACE À TOUT CELA, NOUS, MEMBRES DU CONSEIL MUNICIPAL DE TRACADIE, DÉCLARONS QUE:
• seules la reconnaissance de l’état d’urgence climatique et la mise en place de plans de transition d’urgence peuvent contrer un effondrement économique, une crise de santé publique, une pénurie alimentaire mondiale, un anéantissement de la biodiversité, et des crises de sécurité nationale et internationale d’ampleur sans précédent.
• parce que l’ONU reconnait que le changement climatique implique que tous les pays doivent de toute urgence se dégager des énergies fossiles, et qu’il est trop tard pour une transition graduelle, cet état d’urgence climatique doit être déclaré sans délai, ce qui signifie appliquer toutes les solutions connues afin de réduire de toute urgence nos émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Pour ce faire, tous les plans de transformation sociale, économique et énergétique reconnus par la communauté scientifique doivent être mis en marche immédiatement en utilisant toutes les ressources techniques, sociales et militaires afin de sortir de notre dépendance des énergies fossiles et déclencher la transition urgente vers une société neutre en carbone. AFIN D’ÉVITER UN BOULEVERSEMENT CLIMATIQUE ABRUPT ET IRRÉVERSIBLE ET SES CONSÉQUENCES CATASTROPHIQUES,L’ÉTAT D’URGENCE CLIMATIQUE DOIT ÊTRE RECONNU MAINTENANT.

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.
motion text


Minutes are 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.
motion text


Minutes P9 are here.
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. Minutes are here.
PROGRESS SO FAR:
30 July 2019: Rolling out a fleet of electric buses

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
motion text


Minutes P8 are 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
motion text


Minutes are here.
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 37,894,799

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

Record is here.

17 June 2019, Bathurst City Council, New Brunswick, Canada, population 11,897

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Bathurst City Council
declare a Climate Emergency.
THAT Council members recognize the breakdown of the stable climate and sea and river levels under which human civilization developed constitutes an emergency for the City of Bathurst.
THAT Council members direct staff to report back by May 1, 2020 on opportunities to incorporate into the City’s climate targets and actions they 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 Bathurst 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.

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

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes Item 11.1 are here.

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
motion text


Minutes Item 6b are 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
motion text


Minutes Item 4 are here.
Excerpt:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
THAT the Town of Oakville declare a climate emergency for the purposes of deepening the Oakville community commitment to protecting our economy, environment and community from climate change; and
THAT Council and staff urge the public to immediately increase the priority of the fight against a climate change crisis and apply a climate crisis lens to the plans and actions of the Town of Oakville’s public; and
THAT staff are directed to report annually on climate change actions and update the climate change strategy to:
a) address the operations of the corporation of the municipality;
b) identify the publics role in the climate crisis and the actions the community can do to fight climate change;
c) embed a climate crisis lens into the towns asset management program;
d) incorporate climate change crisis policies into Livable Oakville;
e) increase action and ambition for the Town’s climate change crisis -related activities; and
f) include performance metrics to track progress and timelines for achieving key deliverables/major milestones, and a strategy to report back publicly on progress of municipal and public efforts.
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

24 June 2019, Whitby Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 128,377

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are 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 20,070

Declared a Climate Emergency. Minutes are here.

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

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes Item 11 are 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
motion text


Minutes Item 10 are 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 at the July 22, 2019, regular Council meeting regarding:
i.actions the District is presently taking to reduce GHG emissions (corporate and community)and performance metrics regarding emission targets;
ii. actions the District is presently taking to adapt to climate change;and
(3)Staff be directed to report back within 90 days regarding:
i. actions that othermunicipalities are taking to reduce their GHG emissions; and
ii. an approach to a comprehensive climate adaptation strategy that meets the present IPCC climate change target of 45 per cent below 2010 levels by 2030 and 100 per cent below 2010 levels by 2050.
Council members commented. The question was called on the amended motion.
CARRIED

8 July 2019, North Vancouver District Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 85,395

Declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency.
PROGRESS SO FAR:
November 2019: Adopted plans requiring municipal buildings meet high-performance emissions standards, such as passive house or passive house equivalent, prioritizing modular construction, eliminating all non-renewable energy sources including fossil gas and coming up with further recommendations to achieve net zero emission buildings.
motion text


Minutes of 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
motion text


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.

8 July 2019, Central Saanich Municipal Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 16,814

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes P5 are here.

1.That Central Saanich collaborate with the Capital Regional District (CRD) and other local governments to work towards mutually agreed upon objectives.
2.That the Mayor write to the CRD advising that Central Saanich has declared a climate emergency and commits to that the District of Central Saanich is working jointly within the region to achieve carbon neutrality.
3.That the CRD provide Central Saanich with detailed information regarding specific actions and resources required to make the CRD’s 2030 target possible, including the action and resources required to reach targets of member communities.
4.That the Mayor, on behalf of the District of Central Saanich, write to the Provincial Minister of the Environment, assert support from Central Saanich to help the Province close the 25% emissions gap in the Clean BC Plan.
5.That Central Saanich call on the Province to provide the powers and resources to Local Governments to make the 2030 target possible.
6.That the Mayor, on behalf of the District of Central Saanich, write to the Federal Minister of the Environment, assert support from Central Saanich to help Canada meet its Nationally Determined Contribution target as written in the Paris Agreement. That the Mayor on behalfof the District of Central Saanich, call on the federal government to provide the powers and resources to Local Governments to make the 2030 target possible.
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

9 July 2019, Smithers Town Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 5,351

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes Item 4.1 are here.

4.1 ITEM 5.1 -JUN 25 REGULAR -M. HOLZBAUER -CLIMATE IMPERATIVE The delegation material and handout from the June 25, 2019, from the June 25, 2019, presentation by M. Holzbauer requesting Council make a Climate Imperative/Emergency Declaration, was presented (0550-20).
R19.298 Atrill/Thomas
THAT this Town Council join with others to make a declaration of climate emergency.
OPPOSED: COUNCILLORS BENSON, BUIKEMA, AND WRAY.
CARRIED.

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

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are 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 be challenged to work internally, as well as engage stakeholders and community members, to prepare information and recommendations for concrete and cost-effective initiatives to address the climate change emergency in Chatham-Kentahead of the budget 2020 deliberations.

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

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are 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.
CARRIED

17 July 2019, North Cowichan Municipal Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 29,676

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes Item 9.2 are here.
The motion:

Whereas to provide clarity of Council’s intention to look at all applicable decisions through a climate lens, including but not limited to: rewriting North Cowichan’s Official Community Plan and reviewing the management of North Cowichan’s municipal forests, as Council we resolve to:
1.Officially acknowledge we are facing a climate emergency; and
2.Following the hiring of an Environmental Specialist, direct staff to report to Council in 90 days with an integrated climate action strategy that merges:
a.Current municipal initiatives in climate change mitigation and adaption;
b.Climate change related policies and directions outlined in Council’s Strategic Plan; and
c.New and existing ideas and actions to implement from the remodelled Climate Action and Energy Plan and/or ones that can be adapted from other jurisdictions or emerging science.

22 July 2019, Township of Langley, British Columbia, Canada, population 117,285

Reconsidered a motion that had previously been defeated and declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

MOTION #1
That Council acknowledge the climate emergency as evidenced by
scientific studies and policy predictions that indicate dire consequences arising from the breakdown of a stable climate arising from unprecedented global warming;
CARRIED

22 July 2019, Milton Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 110,128

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes P5-8 are here.
Excerpt:

NOW BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Milton declare a climate emergency and that climate change mitigation is an immediate and continued priority for the municipality, as well as in the interest of partnership with our sister municipalities in Halton, and to fulfill its social obligations to act in the best interests of the Town of Milton and its citizens.

AND BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED that Council direct this resolution to staff in order to undertake the following actions:
1. To include a staff resource dedicated to Sustainability and Energy Management in the 2020 budget for Council consideration;
2. Direct staff to inquire and provide council with a report as to long term potential cost benefits of transitioning Town’s fleet to electric vehicles where possible;
3. That staff provide an annual update to Milton Council on corporate initiatives related to climate change mitigation;
4. That staff consider all opportunities to include language in future policy-planning work that acknowledges climate change.
5. That staff are directed to inquire and provide council a report as to what the Town of Milton can do to strongly encourage the development community to include EV charging stations in future medium to high-density applications.

27 August 2019, Edmonton City Council, Alberta, Canada, population 972,223

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.
The motion, which passed by a vote of 10-3, stated:

1. That the City of Edmonton declare a climate emergency.
2. That Administration provide quarterly memorandums to Council and the public, beginning in 2020, on the City of Edmonton’s climate action progress and future actions directed by Edmonton’s Energy Transition Strategy.

9 September 2019, Burnaby City Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 232,755

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes Item 6 are here.

The Environment and Social Planning Committee recommended:
1. THAT Council declare Climate Emergency to demonstrate understanding of and commitment towards the climate crisis and the necessity of an energy transition.
2. THAT Council update the City’s community carbon pollution reduction targets, including interim targets that demonstrate the commitment to accelerate climate action, as outlined in Section 6.3 of the report.
3. THAT Council direct staff to bring forward a separate report on Climate Action Framework, which would outline ‘Big Moves and Fast Track Actions’, to ensure that climate action continues to progress within the City across all sectors at a pace commensurate with the City’s updated community carbon pollution reduction targets.
MOVED BY COUNCILLOR JORDAN
SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR keithley
THAT the recommendations of the Environment and Social Planning Committee be adopted.
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

11 September 2019, Halton Regional Council, Ontario, Canada, population 548,435

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT Halton Region declare a climate emergency for the purposes of deepening our commitment to protecting and improving resiliency of the economy, environment and community from climate change and that staff be directed to bring a report to Regional Council in the Spring of 2020 that includes the following:
a) the identification of proposed short and long-term climate change goals for the organization, including but not limited to:
reduction in greenhouse gas emissions related to Regional operations
development of an Energy Management Strategy
investigation of strategies for energy conservation, greening operations and renewable energy technologies
strategies to increase the waste diversion rate
development of a strategy for greening Fleet operations
b) outline how Halton Region will work towards achieving the remaining 4 milestones of FCM’s PCP program
c) outline opportunities for a regional approach to manage growth and development to address climate considerations through an update to the Region’s Official Plan;
d) development of corporate sustainability and climate change policies and a climate lens to be applied to the Regional infrastructure and operations
e) the identification of performance metrics to track progress and timelines for achieving key deliverables/major milestones, and a strategy to report back on progress
f) partner with our local municipalities and community organizations working to engage and inform residents for community action on climate change.

AND THAT a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Premier Doug Ford, the Leader of the Provincial Opposition, the Interim Leader of the Provincial Liberal Party, the Leader of the Green Party, the federal and provincial Ministers of the Environment and Climate Change, Halton MP’s and MPP’s, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Association of Municipalities of Ontario, and the Local Municipalities for their information.

17 September 2019, Kenora City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 15,096

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes Item 27 are here.
Excerpt:
(moved by Clr McMillan)

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
1.That the City of Kenora declare a climate emergency that threatens our City, Region, Province, Nation, Civilization, Humanity and the Natural world;and further
2.That in order to address the drafting of a Climate Action Plan, Council hereby directs City Administration to develop a plan for moving forward, including identification of work done and strategies implemented to date by the City, key partnerships and required resources, financial and human, for consideration by Council to a future Council meeting (to coincide with the 2020 budget cycle); and further
3.That Council hereby directs that the declaration of a climate emergency be a guiding principle for the City for future decision-making and that any consideration of this guiding principle be included in all future reports to Council in order to assist Council in their decision-making;and further
4.That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to NOMA requesting that it be circulated to member Municipalities toconsider a similar action; and further
5.That this resolution be forwarded to Grand Council Treaty #3 and the Kenora Metis Council seeking their support and partnership in addressing climate change.

23 September 2019, Peterborough City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 81,032

Declared a Climate Emergency
PROGRESS SO FAR
15 January 2020: City council is planning to start a new fund of $426,400 — which would be added to annually — to cover projects that help curb climate change. To do that, council plans to add 0.25 per cent to the all-inclusive tax increase.
motion text


Minutes P5 are here
Excerpt:

Therefore be it resolved:
That Council, pursuant to its authority under section 10 of the Municipal Act, 2001, hereby declares a climate emergency within the City of Peterborough for the purpose of naming, framing and deepening our commitment to protecting our community, its economy, and its eco systems from climate change, and,
That staff,working with the PEAC, be requested to also report on the opportunities to:
a.Greatly accelerate timelines for our existing actions to reduce the effects of climate change;
b.Add new actions and proposals to reduce greatly our GHG emissions;
c.Identify the budgetary implications of proposed actions, including opportunities to engage all other levels of government and private sources, to combat climate change;
d.Incorporate a climate change lens into all city actions and policies recognizing the need to achieve a target of 45% GHG emission reduction by 2030 and net zero by2050;
e.Engage and educate the general public regarding this crisis to support the city’s efforts to meet these goals; and,
f.That staff report back to Council by the end of the first quarter, 2020.

23 September 2019, Annapolis County Council, Nova Scotia, Canada, population 20,591

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes P6 are here.

Declaration of Climate Emergency
Deputy Warden Roberts moved, seconded by Councillor Heming,
in accordance with the recommendation of Committee of the Whole, that municipal council for the County of Annapolis declare a climate emergency in order to engage citizens in a cooperative approach that would address the rapidly emerging impacts of the deteriorating climate. Motion carried, 7 in favour, 2 against (Roberts, Gunn)

23 September 2019, Whitehorse City Council, Yukon, Canada, population 25,085

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

BE IT RESOLVED
1. THAT the City of Whitehorse officially declares a climate change emergency for the purpose of enhancing and accelerating action on our commitment to protect our community, economy, and ecosystems from the impacts of climate change as we advance our strategic priorities; and
2. THAT administration be directed to assess the City’s capacity to respond to current and future climate impacts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by completing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Climate Adaptation Maturity Scale self-assessment and Municipal GHG Emissions Reduction Maturity Scale self-assessment; and
3. THAT administration be directed to review the results of these assessments, review our current mitigation and adaptation priorities and targets, and report back to council with a range of options for enhancing our adaptation and mitigation efforts before the next strategic plan update.
Carried (5 –1)

23 September 2019, Wilmot Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 20,545

Declared a Climate Emergency.
motion text


Minutes P12 are here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Wilmot is declaring a climate emergency, with the directive to provide continued support towards corporate climate action at the Township, and work towards improved targets where possible; and further
BE IT RESOLVED that staff and the Sustainability Working Group include in their 2020 Work Program investigation of a future carbon budget to provide greater accountability towards the Township’s absolute GHG reduction target, and to the 80 by 2050 target; and further
BE IT RESOLVED that based on the results of the Carbon Budget investigation, the Carbon Budget be targeted for implementation as part of the 2022 budget process.
CARRIED, AS AMENDED.

24 September 2019, Woolwich Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 25,006

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes P5 are here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Township of Woolwich does hereby declare a climate emergency with the directive to provide continued support to corporate and community climate action at the Township and work over time towards improved targets where possible;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that staff be directed to outline a process to evaluate the implementation of a corporate carbon budget as part of the municipalities long-term commitment to reduce carbon emissions as per the ClimateActionWR target using baseline carbon emissions data compiled through our partnership with the Regional Sustainability Initiative.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township of Woolwich advocate for senior level government funding, and investigate alternative funding, with respect to the implementation of a potential Carbon Budget.
…Carried

25 September 2019, Quebec Parliament, Canada, population 8,537,674

Declared a Climate Emergency (Déclarer l’urgence climatique)
motion text


Hansard record is here.
Motion:

Déclarer l’urgence climatique et demander au gouvernement du Québec
d’harmoniser ses choix politiques avec cette situation

1 October 2019, Canmore Town Council, Alberta, Canada, population 13,992

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Download minutes P7 here.

3. Climate Emergency Declaration
Moved by Mayor Borrowman that Council declare a state of climate
emergency.
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

2 October 2019, Toronto City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 2,731,571

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.

Mayor John Tory, seconded by Councillor Mike Layton, recommends that:
1. City Council declare a climate emergency for the purpose of naming, framing, and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our ecosystems and our community from climate change.
2. City Council endorse a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target that is in line with keeping global average temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius, immediately strengthening Toronto’s goal of becoming net zero before 2050, and City Council request the Director, Environment and Energy to report back by the fourth quarter of 2020 on the feasibility of actions that could achieve net zero by 2040.
3. City Council commit to:
a. looking for opportunities to invest in and accelerate high priority emission reduction areas in TransformTO, such as building retrofits and transportation, as part of the 2020 Budget;
b. exploring all viable and equitable financing mechanisms to adequately finance and encourage climate actions and adaptation in the 2021 Budget cycle;
c. accelerating the implementation of TransformTO climate actions at every opportunity; and
d. engaging job-seekers, workers, unions, academic institutions, relevant sectors, and social service agencies in the creation of a low-carbon jobs strategy that supports a decent work agenda, career pathways for equity-seeking groups, and the expansion of green industry sectors across Toronto.
4. City Council direct the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to report to City Council on possible amendments to the Statement of Investments and Procedures to become a green investment city by reflecting current responsible investment best practices, excluding fossil fuels from the portfolio, and actively investing in clean energy and climate solutions.
5. 5. City Council direct the Director, Environment and Energy to:
a. report back in Q2 2020 on:
i. the feasibility of developing a formal adaptive resource management system to assist in achieving net-zero:
ii. options for establishing an advisory committee that includes scientists, businesses, community experts, labour groups, Non-Governmental Organization experts and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority to provide regular peer review on plans to achieve net-zero;
iii. the interrelationship between city strategies and targets, as well as a critical path analysis to achieve net-zero.
b. report annually in the second quarter on the implementation status of climate actions and progress made towards meeting interim and 2030 emission reduction targets.
6. City Council direct the Director, Environment and Energy to include in the 2021-2023 TransformTO implementation plan:
a. actions to achieve a net zero greenhouse gas emissions in line with keeping global average temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius;
b. strategies that would accelerate timelines for existing TransformTO actions;
c. the feasibility of establishing interim 2023 and 2027 targets and actions that put Toronto on track to meet its 2030 target, including quick-wins in the transportation and building sectors;
d. a strategy for securing dedicated and sustained climate funding to adequately finance climate actions necessary to meet 2030 emission reduction targets;
e. a climate lens that evaluates and considers the climate impacts of all major City of Toronto decisions, including financial decisions;
f. a plan to measure, monitor and reduce consumption-based (lifecycle) emissions;
g. engaging residents and stakeholders in decision-making and provide greater public accountability;
h. a commitment to meaningfully consult and cooperate with Indigenous communities on the development and implementation of TransformTO in accordance with the City’s commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
i. a plan to apply the City’s Equity Lens to TransformTO decision-making in order to ensure that strategies include and benefit equity-seeking groups;
j. a plan to collaborate with youth, including youth from equity-seeking groups, to increase youth participation in the development and implementation of TransformTO strategies; and
k. the feasibility of creating a Toronto Carbon Budget to aid in the implementation of TransformTO.
l. integration of resilience into TransformTO, consistent with Reslience Strategy action 4.2; and
m. recognition of the City of Toronto’s role in uptake of innovation and a plan to:
i. improve collaboration with the academic and business community in the development and implementation of TransformTO strategies; and
ii. establish leadership on resilience consistent with Reslience strategy action 4.5.

3 October 2019, Treaty #3 Grand Council, Ontario, Canada, population 25,000

Declared a Climate Emergency. Council media release is here.

7 October 2019, Barrie City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 141,434

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda download here.
Excerpt:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Barrie do hereby:
1. Officially declare a climate emergency to name and deepen our
commitment to protecting our economy, our ecosystems, and our
community from climate change.
2. Reaffirms action on climate change as a strategic priority.
3. That staff in the Corporate Facilities and Legislative and Court Services
Departments report back to General Committee for its consideration that
describes an approach for creating a Climate Change Mitigation Plan
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) Operating standards for municipal facilities and technical
specifications for municipal construction contracts that reduce
carbon pollution;
c) The development of measurement and reporting systems for energy
utilization and carbon reduction to inform policy and budgeting
choices;
City of Barrie Page 6 Printed on 10/7/2019
General Committee Meeting Agenda October 7, 2019
d) Collaboration with other municipal governments, institutions and
industry associations to improve standards and protocols that can
positively address climate adaptation and mitigation;
e) The potential to create an advisory committee that provides
guidance and support for the City’s efforts to respond to the climate
emergency; and
f) A Business Case for consideration as part of the 2021 Budget that
secures the resources required to develop the Plan. (Item for
Discussion 8.2, October 7, 2019) (File: D00)

8 October 2019, Wellesley Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 11,260

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE, IT BE RESOLVED
that the Township of Wellesley is declaring a climate emergency with the directive to provided continued support to corporate and community climate action at the City and work towards improved targets where possible;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that staff be directed to create an issue paper to outline how a carbon budget could use existing corporate carbon inventory data to support the reduction of our carbon footprint as committed to throughthe Regional Sustainability Initiative,as our emissions as a corporation are part of the community-wide emissions and long term target through Climate Action WR.

8 October 2019, Berwick Town Council, Nova Scotia, Canada, population 2,509

Declared a Climate Emergency

9 October 2019, Waterloo Regional Council, Ontario, Canada, population 535,154

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

Therefore be it resolved that the Region of Waterloo declare a climate emergency with the directive to provide continued support to corporate and community climate action at the region and work towards improved targets where possible;
Be it further resolved that Council direct staff to investigate, in conjunction with our partnership with Climate Action Waterloo Region, possible tools to include GHG emission reductions as an integrated component of the Region’s decision-making processes, including the implementation of a carbon budget for the corporation of the Region of Waterloo; and,
Be it finally resolved that based on the results of the Carbon Budget investigation, it be considered for implementation as part of the 2022 budget process.

10 October 2019, Yukon Legislative Assembly, Canada, population 41,078

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


See Hansard P15 here.

THAT this House recognizes that Yukon is experiencing the impacts of a climate change emergency driven by human activity, which impacts the environment, biodiversity, Yukoners’ health and the Yukon economy, and urges the Governmentof Yukon to:
(1) declare a climate emergency;
(2) reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
(3) ensure Yukoners have access to reliable, affordable and renewable energy;
(4) adapt to the impacts of climate change; and
(5) build a clean economy.

22 October 2019, Lunenburg District Municipal Council, Nova Scotia, Canada, population 24,863

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.

Moved by Councillor Bell, seconded by Councillor Hustvedt that Municipal Council accept the recommendation of the Policy & Strategy Committee and:
•declare a climate emergency;
•approve the Resolution to join the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program;
•work through the milestones of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program established by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Local Government for Sustainability (ICLEI Canada); and,
add climate emergency as a priority in its Strategic Plan.
Carried unanimously.

24 October 2019, Peel Regional Council, Ontario, Canada, population 1,381,739

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.

Moved by Councillor Santos, Seconded by Councillor Innis;
That the Region of Peel, in solidarity with other leading municipalities, declare a climate emergency;And further, that the Region of Peel Climate Change Master Plan, included as Appendices I and II to the report of the Commissioner of Corporate Services, titled “Climate Change Master Plan”, be approved to achieve Council’s commitment to address climate change, including advancement toward the long term target of 80per cent reduction of corporate greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2050, and to align with the common call for urgent action by municipalities locally, nationally and internationally;
And further, that the Region of Peel Climate Change Master Plan be shared with Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Peel Climate Change Partnership (City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, Town of Caledon, Credit Valley Conservation, and Toronto Region Conservation Authority);
And further, that staff be directed to advocate to all levels of government for opportunities that support strategic alignment and cost sharing of the Climate Change Master Plan’s actions.

28 October 2019, Bowen Island Municipal Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 3,680

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.

It was Moved and Seconded
WHEREAS recent research by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recommends emission reductions of 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, and 100% by 2050 in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels;
AND WHEREAS Metro Vancouver has set emission reduction targets of 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, and 100% by 2050 in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, and is developing strategies to achieve the targets;
AND WHEREAS the Islands Trust has declared a Climate Emergency for the Islands Trust Area and has directed staff to recommend measures to reduce emissions and adapt to the inevitable changes in the climate;
AND WHEREAS Bowen Island will face increasingly negative impacts from a changing climate if emissions are not reduced;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT COUNCIL:
1)Recognize that climate change represents an emergency for Bowen Island, and commits to developing a strategy to reducing emissions in alignment with the targets to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels; and
2)Refer for comment the Draft Bowen Island 2050 Climate Change Strategy to municipal staff and the Municipality’s Transportation Advisory Committee, Community Economic Development Committee, Advisory Planning Commission, Finance Advisory Committee, and the Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee.
CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

28 October 2019, Central Elgin Municipal Council, Ontario, Canada, population 12,607

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.
MovedB.Fehr; SecondedT.Marks
THAT:
The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin officially declare a climate emergency for the purposes of joining a national and international movementand to provide a lens through which all policies and opportunities can be viewed;
ANDTHAT:Staff and the Environmental Advisory Committee be directed to 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.
CARRIED.

4 November 2019, St. John’s City Council, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, population 108,860

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
4. THAT the City of St. John’s officially affirm a climate emergency for the purpose of deepening our commitment to protecting our community, economy, natural assets, and ecosystems from changes in climate.
FURTHER THAT the City of St. John’s affirms action on climate change as a strategic priority.
FURTHER THAT the City of St. John’s commit to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM).
FURTHER THAT the City of St. John’s direct staff to bring a report to Council for its consideration before the end of 2019 that describes an approach for creating a Sustainability Plan, which incorporates Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation including, but not be limited to:
a. The assessment of climate risks and vulnerabilities and, ultimately, actions for the City of St. John’s to increase local adaptation and resilience;
b. The development of specific greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for 2030 and 2050 and, ultimately, actions and strategies for the City of St. John’s to achieve its targets;
c. The development of reporting systems for energy utilization, greenhouse gas emissions, and weather impacts to inform policy and budgeting choices;
d. The identification of funding sources and collaboration opportunities to support the implementation of the plan.
MOTION CARRIED (11 to 0)

4 November 2019, Surrey City Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 517,887

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes P3 are here.

It was
Moved by Councillor Guerra, Seconded by Councillor Patton
That Council declare climate change as an emergency and direct staff to review the City’s climate change targets in the context of the latest research of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming. RES.R19-1923 Carried

12 November 2019, Brantford City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 97,496

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Link to full motion text coming soon.
Excerpt:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
A. THAT the City of Brantford
DECLARES that a climate emergency threatens our city, province, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world; and
B. THAT the City of Brantford further DECLARES its commitment, in principle, to becoming net carbon neutral by 2050; and
C. THAT the City of Brantford COMMITS to maximum transparency with the residents, businesses, community organizations, and other partners in the climate action mobilization; and
D. THAT the City of Brantford COMMITS to a citywide climate emergency mobilization effort to adapt to current climate change impacts and mitigate future climate change; and
E. THAT the City of Brantford ADOPT a carbon reduction strategy which would reasonably and effectively lead the city to becoming net carbon neutral by 2050; and
F. THAT Staff BE DIRECTED to develop a carbon reduction strategy in collaboration with the Environmental and Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee, to be provided to Council by August 2020 that details the following:
i. A process to ensure that by August 1, 2021, every matter coming before City Council will quantify and report its impact relative to the climate emergency and Brantford’s carbon reduction strategy; and
ii. A public reporting framework regarding the climate emergency that includes quarterly updates on the impact of municipal actions and decisions on Brantford’s carbon reduction strategy; and
iii. A communications and engagement plan to educate Brantford residents about the climate emergency, the carbon reduction strategy, and the immediate need to mobilize at the local, provincial, national, and global levels; and
iv. Methodology and tools that will be used quantify and report the carbon impact of municipal actions and decisions; and
v. The resources required to quantify and report on the carbon impact of each municipal action and decision; and
vi. The resources required to implement the community-wide communications and engagement plan.

13 November 2019, Cowichan Valley Regional District Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 83,739

Acknowledged a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.

It was moved and seconded:
2. That the Cowichan Valley Regional District acknowledge there is a climate emergency.
Opposed: Director A. Siebring, Director M. Wilson, Director K. Kuhn and Director L. Smith
MOTION CARRIED

18 November 2019, Windsor City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 217,188

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Windsor declare a Climate Emergency in the knowledge that this is an emergency with no foreseeable conclusion which will require robust and permanent changes in how the City and County conduct their business; and further,
That in response to this emergency, the need to reduce overall emissions from the City of Windsor and the County of Essex as well as continue to prepare for Windsor-Essex County’s climate future are deemed to be high priorities when considering budget direction and in all decisions of council; and further,
That the City of Windsor administration BE DIRECTEDto prepare reports for consideration by their respective Councils within 90 days containing recommendations for priority actions items, implementation measures, cost requirements to accelerate and urgently work towards the reduction of emissions and preparing for our climate future and include any initiatives that we are aware of by our Detroit neighbours and any other neighbouring municipalities across the border BE APPROVED; and,
That the County of Essex BE REQUESTED to consider adopting the resolution as outlined above.
Carried.

18 November 2019, Meaford Municipal Council, Ontario, Canada, population 10,991

Declared a Climate Emergency. Article and motion text is here.
motion text


Minutes P7 are here.

Whereas, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has determined the need for a significant and structural reduction in carbon emissions in the next 11 years to avoid further economic, ecological and societal loss; and

Whereas, municipalities across Canada and Ontario are acting on climate change, with many having declared a climate emergency; and Whereas, climate change solutions not only reduce carbon output, but they also offer multiple benefits including improved health and air quality, greater community resilience, economic development and reduced costs; and

Whereas, the Municipality of Meaford is already experiencing large and rising costs and risks from climate change impacts such as extreme weather, flooding and severe winter events; and

Whereas, the Municipality of Meaford has established an Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan including the commitment to reduce Municipal consumption of fuels and electricity in all municipal operations by an average of 1.5% per year between January 1, 2019 and December 31st, 2023 for a total 7.5% decrease over this period;

Now therefore be it resolved that the Municipality of Meaford 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; and

That in response to this declaration, Council direct staff to communicate existing policies and programs designed to reduce carbon emissions in the Municipality; and

That staff be directed to bring forward a report investigating actions that can be undertaken within our municipal mandate and the resources required to put such actions in place in an effort to combat climate change; and

That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Premier of Ontario, the Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks and Minister of Government and Consumer Services, the Association of Municipalities Ontario, MPP Bill Walker, and MP Alex Ruff.

25 November 2019, Cobourg Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 19,440

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes P15 are here.
Excerpt:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council of the Town of Cobourg declare a Climate Emergency conveying its recognition that we are facing an unprecedented crisis requiring unprecedented climate mitigation measures; and
FURTHER THAT, in response to this Climate Emergency, Council deem the need to reduce the effects that the Town of Cobourg is contributing to the climate crisis by way of the following actions:
1.That Council create a staff position on a one (1) year contract basis, under the supervision of the Chief Administrative Officer to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Integrated Community Sustainable Plan (ICSP) and Green Design Standards and manage the project through to completion.
2.Refer all costs associated with the contract position and Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) to the 2020 budget deliberations and have Staff prepare a budget estimate for the January 2020 budget meeting.
3.Update Council’s Strategic Plan to allow Staff to reprioritize other work commitments to ensure that staff resources will be sufficient to commence work on the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan prior to the scheduled start of 2021 as outlined in Council’s current, approved Strategic Plan.
Carried

26 November 2019, Brant County Council, Ontario, Canada, population 36,707

Unanimously declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

Be it hereby resolved that the County of Brant declares that a climate emergency threatens our County, province, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world;
That the County of Brant further declares its commitment, in principle, to becoming net carbon neutral by 2050;
That the County of Brant commits to maximum transparency with the residents, businesses, community organizations, and other partners in the climate action mobilization;
That the County of Brant commits to a County-wide climate emergency mobilization effort to adapt to current climate change impacts and mitigate future climate change;
That the County of Brant adopt a carbon reduction strategy target which would reasonably and effectively lead the County to becoming net carbon neutral by 2050;
And that staff be directed to develop a carbon reduction strategy to be provided to Council.

10 December 2019, Tecumseh Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 23,229

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Motion in agenda is here. Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

Therefore be it resolvedthat the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Tecumsehdeclare a Climate Emergency in the knowledge that this is an emergency with no foreseeable conclusion which will require robust and permanent changes in how municipalities conduct their business;
And further that in response to this emergency, the need to reduce overall emissions from the Town of Tecumsehas well as continue to prepare for Windsor-Essex County’s climate future are deemed to be high priorities when considering budget direction and in all decisions of Council;
And further that the Town Administration be directed to identify priority action items, implementation measures and cost requirements for those programs and services it is responsible for, to accelerate and urgently work towards the reduction of emissions and preparing for our climate future.

11 December 2019, Amherstburg Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 21,936

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Motion in agenda P575 is here. Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Amherstburg declare a Climate Emergency and direct administration to prepare a report containingrecommendations for priority actions items, implementation measures and cost requirements to accelerate and urgently work towards the reduction of emissions and preparing for our climate future.

16 December 2019, Pickering City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 91,771

Declared a Climate Emergency. Video of vote is at 1hour10mins-1hour20mins here.
motion text


Motion text is here.
Excerpt:

Now Therefore be it resolved that the Council of the City of Pickering declares a climate emergency by endorsing the following:
1. That climate change poses a threat to both the current and future social, economic and environmental well-being of the community;
2. That the City continues to strive for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the local and global impacts of climate change;
3. That the City supports that mitigation, adaptation and resiliency measures continue to be considered and implemented to ensure the community remains prosperous and to reduce the short and long term impacts of climate change;
4. That the City continues to demonstrate leadership and a commitment to economic, social and environmental sustainability;
5. That the City continues to build a healthy and complete city where residents can live, work, and play without having to leave the community;
6. That Council requests staff, wherever possible, to consider climate change in municipal activities;
7. That the City continues to encourage residents, businesses, and the development community to consider climate change; and,
8. The Council shares it’s commitment by forwarding this declaration to the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, Member of Parliament for Pickering-Uxbridge, Member of Provincial Parliament for Pickering-Uxbridge, Region of Durham, Durham Region municipalities, the Durham Catholic and Public District School Boards and the Ontario French Public School Board.
Carried Later in the Meeting (See Following Motion)
Resolution #183/19
Moved by Councillor Brenner
Seconded by Councillor Butt
That the main motion be amended by adding the following as a new Item #9:
9. That Staff report back to Council, no later than Q2 2020, for setting measurable performance achievements.
Carried

13 January 2020, Thunder Bay City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 107,909

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


On P31 of agenda here. Minutes are here.

RECOMMENDATION
With respect to the motion passed at the Earthcare Advisory Committee meeting on November 5, 2019, we recommend that The City of Thunder Bay 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;
AND THAT all necessary by-laws be presented to City Council for ratification.

13 January 2020, Goderich Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 7,628

Declared a Climate Emergency. Agenda item is here.

13 January 2020, Newmarket Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 84,224

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Video of meeting is here.
[Minutes here soon]

13 January 2020, White Rock City Council, British Columbia, Canada, population 19,952

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda item P6 is here. Minutes are here.
RECOMMENDATION: CLIMATE EMERGENCY
THAT the Environmental Advisory Committee requests that Council:
Joins other jurisdictions of Metro Vancouver in recognizing the “climate emergency” arising from critical threats that climate change poses on multiple fronts to regional ecosystems, city infrastructure and the well-being of White Rock’s citizens,
Declares its determination to ensure that the critical interests of White Rock and its citizens are protected and advanced in the fullest possible measure through the City’s climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies,
Requests the Environmental Advisory Committee, working with staff:
(a)In the context of its mandated review of the Environmental Strategic Plan, to give priority consideration to that Plan’s climate change-related elements, and in so doing to consider also the 2010 Community Climate Action Plan and climate change-related elements of the 2017 OCP.
(b)To recommend updated emission reduction targets, aligned with targets established by Metro Vancouver in July 2019, and consistent with current provincial and federal goals and the latest IPCC work.
(c)To recommend steps, including appropriate public consultation measures, to ensure that the City’s climate change goals, policies and actions are updated and consolidated into the Official Community Plan as part of the ongoing OCP review exercise.
Directs staff to:
(a)Ensure that climate change mitigation and adaptation considerations are mainstreamed into decision-making and operations across all City departments and that climate change impact assessments expressly figure in all reports and recommendations to Council,
(b)Keep Council apprised of work by Metro officials and committees to develop regional Climate 2050 Roadmaps, and of opportunities and requirements to ensure the City’s interests and perspectives are taken into account in the Roadmaps process,
(c)Advise Council of any organizational, human resource or financial requirements deemed necessary to ensure the effective implementation of this resolution, as well as opportunities to take advantage of regional, provincial and extra-governmental resources available to inform and support our climate change efforts,
(d)Keep Council regularly informed of progress in the implementation of this resolution, including through briefings on the City’s annual reports to the Province’s Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP).

28 January 2020, Caledon Town Council, Ontario, Canada, population 66,502

Declared a Climate Emergency. Minutes are here.

29 January 2020, Durham Regional Council, Ontario, Canada, population 645,862

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda Item 7 is here. Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

THAT the Regional Municipality of Durham declare a climate emergency for the purposes of naming, framing, and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our ecosystems and our communities from climate change;
THAT in response to this emergency declaration, the need to reduce overall emissions from Durham Region, as well as to continue to prepare for Durham Region’s future climate, are deemed to be high priorities when considering budget direction and in all decisions of Regional Council;
THAT Region staff be directed to review current corporate plans related to climate change, and develop an overarching Corporate Climate Change Master Plan that:
(1) establishes near-term (2025), mid-term (2030) and long-term (2050)Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets for the municipal corporationthat position the Region as a leader in the community- wide effort to reduce GHGemissions;
(2) identifies near-term corporate climate action priorities for the next 5 years(2020-2025) and requirements to support implementation; and
(3) identifies how climate change considerations will be embedded across all elements of Region business;
THAT staff be directed to review the low carbon pathway in the recently approved Durham Community Energy Plan and:
(1) establish near-term (2025) and mid-term (2030) community GHG emissionsreduction targets; and
(2) report on a near-term (2025) implementation plan, including concrete actionsand resource implications (staff and financial), as well as necessary roles forvarious levels of government, individual residents, and the business community, toachieve stated GHG emissions reduction targets;
THAT staff be directed to report back on a plan for the recently established Climate Change Mitigation and Environment Reserve Fund to meet identified corporate and community-facing implementation priorities;
THAT environmental sustainability and climate change be recognized as a strategic priority in the Regional Strategic Plan, in the updated Regional Official Plan; and
THAT staff be directed to work with senior levels of government to accelerate ambition and action to meet the urgency of climate change and provide resources for municipalities and the public to reduce emissions and build resiliency to climate impacts.

10 February 2020, St. Thomas City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 38,909

Declared a Climate Emergency.
[Minutes here soon]

10 February 2020, Stratford City Council, Ontario, Canada, population 31,465

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Minutes are here.
Excerpt:

Therefore, a climate emergency be declared by the City of Stratford for
the purposes of naming, framing, and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our eco systems, and our community from climate change.”
it being noted that the above-noted Declaration is not intended
to invoke the City of Stratford’s Emergency Response Plan or to
interfere with the responsibilities and power delegated to the
Mayor to declare or to terminate a local emergency under the
Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, 1990;
• it being further noted that a climate emergency is distinct from
the kinds of emergencies contemplated under the Emergency
Management and Civil Protection Act, 1990, as it is a global
emergency with impacts extending beyond Stratford;
• THAT the development of an action plan be referred to the 2021 budget;
THAT staff be directed to register for the Partners for Climate Protection
program through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities;
AND THAT City Council commits to:
the development of a Climate Change webpage on the City’s
website; and
• the creation of a Community Awareness Campaign, in
partnership with the Energy and Environment Committee, of
environmental initiatives undertaken by the City and potential
activities residents can undertake.

24 February 2020, Niagara-on-the-Lake Council, Ontario, Canada, population 17,511

Declared a Climate Emergency. Council announcement is here. Minutes are here.

2 March 2020, Shippagan City Council, New Brunswick, Canada, population 2,580

Declared a Climate Emergency (Déclaration citoyenne universelle d’urgence climatique). Agenda is here.

3 March 2020, Clarington Council, Ontario, Canada, population 92,013

Declared a Climate Emergency
motion text


Agenda P99 is here.
Minutes are here.

19 October 2020, Muskoka District Council, Ontario, Canada, population 60,599

Declared
Agenda item is here.
[Minutes here when available]