The Climate Change Project

Climate change is real and it's happening. Within the last five years, Mississauga has experienced more intense heat waves, rain, flooding and winter storms. It's predicted that these trends will continue in the future.

Starting this year, we're setting out to create our first Climate Change Action Plan to prepare Mississauga for the impacts of a changing global climate. We'll be engaging residents, business and local partners to create responsible and forward-looking solutions for both the City and community.

Have an idea or a question to ask? Tell us.

Climate change is real and it's happening. Within the last five years, Mississauga has experienced more intense heat waves, rain, flooding and winter storms. It's predicted that these trends will continue in the future.

Starting this year, we're setting out to create our first Climate Change Action Plan to prepare Mississauga for the impacts of a changing global climate. We'll be engaging residents, business and local partners to create responsible and forward-looking solutions for both the City and community.

Have an idea or a question to ask? Tell us.

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  • Hello I am extremely interested in assisting in drafting a climate action plan. I have a background in environmental consulting and volunteer with the Climate Reality Project. Please let me know how I can get involved.

    Carol Aziz asked 3 months ago

    There will be many opportunities to provide input throughout the development of the plan. Check back here later for information on how to get involved.

  • How does the City justify staff time and money - at tax payers expense - on a project like this? Where is the broad based public engagement to determine if Mississauga residents need or want a program such as this one? In other words, how did you get funding for something so out of touch with the average Mississauga resident?

    Tax Payer asked 3 months ago

    We've heard from many residents that the City needs to take action on climate change. Since we launched the project we've also heard from many more how happy they are that we are undertaking this work. This project was approved as a part of the 2017 budget process that all residents have a chance to input on.

    That being said, there will be many opportunities for everyone in City to provide input throughout the development of the plan. Check back here later for information on how to get involved.

  • Is the city open to trying new cost saving products to help reduce stormwater pollution that will only get worse with large storms? Would the city be willing to give us 30 minutes to explain what we can do for you?

    Hal Stratford asked 3 months ago

    Throughout this project we will be looking at a wide range of options to adapt to all of the projected changes we will see in the climate. there will be many opportunities for everyone in City to provide input throughout the development of the plan. Check back here later for information on how provide input.

  • This is bull roar, more about a redistribution of wealth. Plants need co2. If you want talk carbon particles, I might listen

    Blaine Mitton asked 4 months ago

    Emissions that effect air quality and greenhouse gas emissions often have the same sources. Many of the potential actions in the Plan would likely reduce both emission sources, benefiting our environment in multiple ways!

  • Would renewed and enhanced contingency plans be taken into account with the rise in storms and active weather in the recent years?

    rocketsdude91 asked 4 months ago

    Adapting to our changing climate is a key part of this project.

    Our Office of Emergency Management is already developing risk-based response plans for various events including extreme climate events. We also update existing plans once a year.

  • Have neighbourhood power saving methods been looked into (i.e. street lights that become automatic after certain times as opposed to being on for the duration of the night)? What are the plans to offset GHG emissions as I don't believe a reduction of GHG production is good enough (i.e. carbon sinks, greenspaces, etc)? As well as a stakeholder panel, will there be public scientific consultancy to third party companies & universities?

    bodmon asked 4 months ago

    Community Energy actions and GHG sinks and offsets will be included for consideration throughout the project.

    We're currently in the process of procuring a consulting team to support the development of the Plan. we will engage other experts through the development of the Panel and other times as needed through the project.

  • Does Mississauga have any authority over controlling trucks that are spew out harmful black smoke? And will any steps be taken to ensure environmental friendliness?

    N asked 4 months ago

    The City does not have any direct authority over controlling trucks and their emissions. However, through the development of the plan we will be looking at what can be done to reduce emissions from all transportation sources.

  • Is the City considering somehow subsidizing property owners who spend extra money to make their driveways a permeable surface with permeable base underneath? My wife and I are getting quotes on redoing our driveway and walkways and were told that getting permeable paving stones with a proper permeable base would add $5 to $10 per square foot, which adds up to a significant extra cost - for something that does have a significant social benefit, for sure, but not much benefit, if any, benefit for us personally. If the City or Region had a program to help with that cost, even perhaps a tax credit against the new storm water levy, that would help us a lot!

    KeithC asked 4 months ago

    The City does not have a stormwater charge credit program for residential properties (detached homes, semi-detached and freehold townhouses). As a result, you would not be eligible for a rebate or credit for installing permeable pavers. The City did examine a residential credit program but found that, at this time, there is a relatively low uptake and high administration cost of such credit programs in other jurisdictions. That said, there are still immediate benefits to you and your property for installing permeable surfaces for driveways and pathways, such as reduced ponding on your property during storm events and reduced ice build-up and hazardous surfaces during cold weather. Increased permeable surface on your property also does help to reduce stormwater runoff, which can reduce the risk of flooding and help preserve the waterways, aquatic ecosystems and park areas that residents use and enjoy.

  • I applaud and support the City for focusing its attention on climate change and creating a Climate Change Action Plan. I'm disheartened however that the City's plan does not address the BIGGEST climate-change factor of all. Please consider seeing ( or reading about ) the documentary "Cowspiracy". It is the work of a film maker and documentarian who is also a deeply committed environmentalist. This is an enlightening work on the single biggest factor contributing to climate change. Thank you for reading my message. Mary

    Mary asked 4 months ago

    Thanks for your comment! We don’t have direct control over food or food systems so it won’t be addressed directly in our plan, but we have and will continue to raise awareness of the climate change implications in our food systems.

  • Are all-electric buses being ordered to replace Mississauga Transit's diesel buses as they reach the end of their useful service lives?

    Donald Funston asked 4 months ago

    There is a current pilot project (The Pan Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial ) that is being run with funding from the  federal and provincial governments in a number of Ontario municipalities to test electric buses, charging infrastructure and SMART grid impacts in the Ontario climate and context. The City has joined the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) that is overseeing this trial and although the City of Mississauga is not a direct participant it is monitoring this project and will be reviewing the results to determine the timing for the introduction of electric buses into our transit fleet in the future.

  • Does Mississauga have an up-to-date GHG inventory that covers all emissions sectors? Do we have a GHG reduction target for critical sectors like buildings and transportation? If not, it seems like these should be near-term priorities.

    Claire asked 4 months ago

    Go to mississauga.ca/environment for information on the City's greenhouse gas inventory. Greenhouse gas targets will be developed as a part of the project. Buildings and transportation are the City's top to emission sources so these areas will be a main focus through this project.

  • I would like to hear more about your plans for integrating renewable energy systems such as solar. If there are not any current plans, I would like to assist in this piece of the puzzle.

    Klocke asked 4 months ago

    We will be looking at renewable energy through the development of the plan. Follow along here as we develop the plan for details on how you can engage and participate.

  • One of the major ways an individual can help reduce climate change is by adopting a vegetarian diet. Would you take this action to help save humankind?

    Mark Takefman asked 4 months ago

    We don’t have direct control over food or food systems so it won’t be addressed directly in our plan. However, we have and will continue to raise awareness of the climate change implications in our food systems.

  • What is climate change?

    4 months ago

    Climate change is the process of greenhouse gasses emitted into the atmosphere changing our planet's climate patterns such as temperature, precipitation, winds and other factors. This is due largely to the emissions of greenhouse gases by human activities.

    Greenhouse gases include:

    • carbon dioxide;
    • methane; and
    • nitrous oxide.

  • What climate change actions has the City taken?

    4 months ago

    Examples of climate change actions taken by the City, residents and businesses across Mississauga include:

    • The City has a 5 Year Energy Conservation Plan to reduce energy and GHG’s by an additional one percent for the next five years with a total annual savings of approximately $575,000 per year.
    • The City’s Greening Our Fleet program reduced greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking approximately 39 cars off the road per year. The program avoided over $500,000 in fuel costs between 2006 and 2012.
    • In 2016, a new stormwater charge was introduced to better maintain and expand stormwater infrastructure in Mississauga.
    • Through the City’s One Million Trees program, more than 245,000 trees have been planted by the City, its partners and the community.
    • Through City-run initiatives like Earth Markets, residents learn more about environmental actions and green activities.


  • How has Mississauga been impacted by climate change?

    4 months ago

    Mississauga's climate is changing and has already experienced a half-degree average temperature increase over the last 100 years. 

    There have been three major climate events in Mississauga in the past nine years: the Cooksville flood of 2009, the rain and windstorms of July 2013 and the ice storm of December 2013. 

    The three hottest years on record globally were 2014, 2015, and 2016. 

  • Is the City creating a stakeholder panel?

    4 months ago

    Yes. The panel will include organizations that have a major stake in climate change action in the Mississauga. The panel will provide guidance throughout the development of the Plan, and participate in the creation of actions for the community.