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.

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.

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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  • What is the City doing to promote the installation of solar panels (or solar shingles) on the roofs of houses and other buildings to generate the additional power that will be needed for charging the electric vehicles that will be (or should be) hitting the roads?

    Donald Funston asked about 2 months ago

    Energy, and specifically renewable energy generation, is definitely a big part of climate change considerations.  Through the development of the Climate Change Action Plan, we will be exploring renewable energy opportunities in Mississauga. 

  • Have you seen the Mexico "Verde" project? They install green "pillars" on underpasses to help with clean air targets. We have so many opportunities (403, 401, 407, QEW - not to mention our regular roads). Can we pursue something like this? https://www.reuters.com/video/2016/08/15/mexico-city-raises-green-awareness-with?videoId=369577981

    AmandaFrench asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for sharing such an innovative idea!  Through the development of the Climate Change Action Plan, we will be exploring opportunities such as these to help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

  • I was wondering what Mississauga is doing to encourage green roofs in residential, commercial, or institutional buildings already built or being built in the future.

    green Tait asked 6 months ago

    Mississauga has green development standards that encourage sustainable development practices for new developments, including green roofs.  Please see http://www6.mississauga.ca/onlinemaps/planbldg/UrbanDesign/GDS_Oct2012.pdf.  In addition, through the development of the Climate Change Action Plan, we will be exploring opportunities to encourage sustainable development, including retrofits. 

    The City also has a stormwater charge credit program for commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-residential (condominium and apartment) properties that implement stormwater best management practices. Properties can receive up to a 50% credit on their stormwater charge, depending on what measures are implemented. Green roofs that help to manage stormwater could qualify for stormwater credits.

  • When will metal roofs be considered for grants due to their energy efficiency?

    LL asked 5 months ago

    Through the development of the Climate Change Action Plan, we will be exploring opportunities to encourage sustainable development practices.   We encourage you to take a look at existing programs that assist homeowners in reducing energy such as the Green Ontario Fund - greenon.ca.


  • I equate climate change with energy use. Can Mississauga make it easier for residents to utilize sustainable energy, such as wind and solar?

    kayaybe1 asked 6 months ago

    Energy is definitely a big part of climate change considerations.  Through the development of the Climate Change Action Plan, we will be exploring renewable energy opportunities in Mississauga.  There are existing programs that assist homeowners in reducing energy such as the Green Ontario Fund - greenon.ca.


  • Hello, Wondering if you have started soliciting community input yet?

    caziz asked 6 months ago

    We will be reaching out to the community starting in May.  Please stay tuned for announcements shortly.


  • Is Mississauga affected bu climate change and trump

    fares asked 5 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. 

    Both the Federal and Provincial Governments have placed a high priority on climate change and are investing in solutions: 

    Canada:  https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climatechange/climate-action.html.

    Ontario:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/climate-change

    This provides Mississauga with direction and support for climate change action.


  • what is climate change doing to Mississauga

    Gabriella asked 9 months ago

    If you check the Documents Library you'll find some data on recent events in Mississauga: https://yoursay.mississauga.ca/climate-change/documents

    In addition if watch the video at this link (skip to 53:43): http://bcove.me/n4ldy239 you'll see a presentation with some of this information included as well.

  • In the City of Toronto, The Department of Energy and the Environment are giving Cool and Green Roofing Grants/Incentives to homeowners that upgrade to a cool or green roof. Asphalt roofing is one of the biggest causes of heat island effect, is not sustainable and a detriment to the environment. Does the City of Mississauga have any plans to follow Toronto's lead? There are energy efficient and sustainable roofing systems out there but they cost a lot more for homeowners...

    candiceone asked 9 months ago

    Although we don't have any plans right now, as we develop the Action Plan through this process, we will be considering a wide range of options such as this one to help our community adapt to and mitigate climate change. Thanks for your input! 

  • No updates, Q&A responses, events, or details on the stakeholder panel (and how to apply) have been posted on this website - not even the little "dots" on the timeline of this page have been updated since launch! Is anyone monitoring this page, at all? What happened to this consultation, and actually engaging the community on the most important issue of our time???

    winterseeking-iom7ve asked 9 months ago

    We regret the lack of information and updates we have posted to the page. We've been diligently working on the project and are working hard to get some info and updates out soon.

  • Often, best practices from other countries (mostly Europe, which is limiting) are touted in presentations, trips by politicians and staff, and in final plans, too - yet they rarely meet, match, or exceed what other nations are doing, today. How will we ensure that our ambitious words and visuals actually deliver? Having been involved in every environmental consultation in this city since I was a teenager, I have been excited at first, and then disappointed, to see how watered down and vision-less our final results are, with small budgets, ever-stretched timelines, and tiny steps towards a modest improvement, at most. This issue must not fall into the failings of the past - we NEED to start leading, with innovative ideas, bold targets, and serious timelines! There is a deadline for these actions, in the grand scheme of things, whether we like it or not. We must not let greed, denial, or politics get in the way - not this time.

    winterseeking-iom7ve asked 12 months ago

    There is no one easy answer to this question. We recognize the importance of taking action, but we also recognize the challenges that accompany making that action happen. We know the recent events and how they have affected the city, and how future events will affect the City. We are committed to making the city a leader in taking climate action.

  • I asked three "specific questions" here back on September 1st, and have yet to receive a single response, or see any response, or any activity at all, on this website. Is nobody monitoring this page? Even the timeline on the toolbar is unchanged since July! Will this just be another Region of Peel-style climate strategy, which has had no updates online since 2014?

    winterseeking-iom7ve asked 10 months ago

    We're here and we regret the lack of updates. We are working hard to get some info and updates out soon.

  • Not a question, just a commendation. Thank you for pursuing a Climate Change Action Plan. The reality is that proactive measures to prepare for future changes in our climate and environment (which will happen) are the most cost-effective and efficient ways to present future loss of wildlife, homes, and lives. Just as the anti-smoking movement helped relieve the burden on our healthcare system when smokers needed lung transplants and other hospital treatment, so too can a proactive Climate Change Action Plan help relieve the burden of future Mississauga residents.

    Informed Tax Payer asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your kind words!

  • I have volunteered in two environmental sectors over the last two years and I am interested to volunteer/work with you in this interesting project!

    Heba Salman asked 10 months ago

    We have been a bit delayed, but there will be upcoming details on how you can get involved in this project. Stay tuned.

  • Is Canada doing enough to combat global warming

    Smriti asked 11 months ago

    We can't comment on Canada as a whole, but we are committed to doing our part in taking climate action.

  • What role can the city and region play to integrate climate change education into the school curriculum? Is there any plan to update local curriculum as part of this strategy? What role will the school boards, Eco-schools, CVC/TRCA, and Ecosource (the big educators in our region) play in this process?

    winterseeking-iom7ve asked 12 months ago

    We plan on exploring this issue through the development of the plan. We have invited both the English Public and Catholic separate school boards, and both conservation authorities to participate on our stakeholder panel to ensure the connection is made. In addition Ecosource participates on our Environmental Action Committee which is also engaged significantly in this process, helping to shape the community aspects of the plan.

  • The current phase is noted as "recruit stakeholder panel" - where is the information regarding this phase, and how to be involved in such a panel?

    winterseeking-iom7ve asked 12 months ago

    The City has recruited major stakeholders to participate on the stakeholder panel. Because citizens of the City are such a large and diverse group, we plan to engage you in a separate way to ensure this significant input is captured appropriately.

    More info on the panel can be found in item 8.1 at this link: https://www7.mississauga.ca/documents/committees/general/2017/2017_06_28__General_Committee_Agenda_online.pdf

  • 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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?

    about 1 year 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?

    about 1 year 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?

    about 1 year 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?

    about 1 year 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.