Climate Action Plan

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The City of Burlington has declared a Climate Emergency. At the Dec. 2nd Committee of the Whole meeting, staff presented report CW-20-19 and the draft Climate Action Plan. The plan includes seven key program areas to help the community transition away from the use of fossil fuels, particularly for buildings and transportation including:

  • Low carbon building guidelines (for new buildings)
  • Deep home energy retrofit program (for existing buildings)
  • Renewable energy cooperative
  • Integrated mobility
  • Electric mobility and equipment
  • Waste
  • Industrial processes

We want to hear from you! Please review the plan and:

The City of Burlington has declared a Climate Emergency. At the Dec. 2nd Committee of the Whole meeting, staff presented report CW-20-19 and the draft Climate Action Plan. The plan includes seven key program areas to help the community transition away from the use of fossil fuels, particularly for buildings and transportation including:

  • Low carbon building guidelines (for new buildings)
  • Deep home energy retrofit program (for existing buildings)
  • Renewable energy cooperative
  • Integrated mobility
  • Electric mobility and equipment
  • Waste
  • Industrial processes

We want to hear from you! Please review the plan and:

  • Complete the online survey by Jan. 21, 2020.
  • Consider delegating at the Jan. 13, 2020 Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services meeting by registering at burlington.ca/delegate

The final plan will be presented to the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services meeting on March 9, 2020.

Part 1

Actions that focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions or climate change mitigation.

We can all make a difference in the decisions we make, whether it’s how we get around the city, the vehicles we purchase and improving the energy efficiency of our homes and businesses.

Part 2

Community resiliency, commonly known as climate change adaptation. The city is already implementing adaptation initiatives; the plan will recognize the ongoing actions and identify gaps for consideration.

Read what the City of Burlington is doing to take action on climate change.

Do you have any questions about the Climate Action Plan?

Q&A

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  • I'm all for this, logistically speaking though, where will the funding come from? What kind of tax increase can we expect?

    khammertown asked 12 days ago



    Thank you for your comment and question. 

    The implementation of the Climate Action Plan will involve the development of long term strategies to support climate action, which is complex and can involve many different entities and partnerships with community stakeholder organizations such as community groups, utilities, school boards and businesses. Staff will look at opportunities to leverage existing funding with external sources of funding to implement projects.  At this point these is no plan to increase the tax rate to pay for climate action however some municipalities have done that to implement a climate reserve fund such as the city of Peterborough.




  • When will municipal charging stations open in the North End of Burlington ? I just bought an electric car this week, and I am disappointed to see that they are all in the south.

    farmgirl19 asked 4 months ago

    Congratulations on purchasing a new electric vehicle and reducing your carbon footprint. 

    The city is looking at options to expand EV charging stations to some of its satellite recreational facilities although there isn't a timeline for you at this point.  Please stay in touch and thank you for your question.