Hi, I was reading about the Mississauga climate change project and wanted to know what I can do as a Mississauga citizen to make an impact on climate change? I know I alone can't do much, but I want to help the community as much as I can. My family is interested in how we can adjust our daily activities to help the community. Looking forward to hearing from you!
you for your question! One of our main messages to the Mississauga community is
that “Everyone has a role to play” so we are happy to hear from you. A great
action to take is spreading the word and informing others. Have some
conversations about climate action with neighbours, friends and family. In
terms of lifestyle changes, see below for how you can adjust some of your daily
a more plant-based diet
less and walking or cycling instead
or grow local food
a rain garden
down your thermostat in the winter
a 72-h emergency preparedness kit
an electric heat pump
let us know if you have further questions!
What is the City doing to engage communities outside of the Square One area? We're a large city that is spread out and you're excluding many participants in this process because unfortunately, the transit system is still not up to par.
How about holding smaller scale engagement events where everyday people from around the city can participate?
We need a way to have people engage with each other as neighbours, in their own communities, to contribute to the larger effort.
Climate change means full scale change in day-to-day life. The City needs to promote things like sharing communities and creative reuse projects over mass consumption and production of goods that produce greenhouse gases, fill landfills, and destroy ecosystems.
for your question. Multiple teams at the city participate in events all over
Mississauga (see links below for event calendars). If you are interested in
engaging with a particular city team, check out their social media pages. For
example, @MiLivingGreen is our twitter handle and we try our best to tweet when
we are at events. Additionally,
the Climate Change team is intending to host town hall meetings across various
locations throughout Mississauga so residents can provide input on the Climate Change
Action Plan (CCAP), so stay tuned for information on dates, times and
locations. Lastly, if interested in staying updated on our CCAP please sign up
for our newsletter.
Can the City of Mississauga prioritize incentives for projects such as the installation and maintenance of green roofs for businesses? Many municipalities offer these kinds of incentives as they can make a tangible impact on the surrounding area. There's a great interest in this municipality both from the business and residential community.
you for your question. The City of Mississauga intends to release a Climate
Change Action Plan (CCAP) by the end of the year. The CCAP includes but is not
limited to, exploring green roofs and other green infrastructure options.
How will Mississauga continue its mission to become a green city when faced with a provincial (and potentially federal) government that doesn't believe in climate change? How can Mississauga solidify and accelerate its plans? For example, One Million Trees by 2030 seems awfully far away. And rebating green roofs for potential developers maybe someday seems less concrete than putting green roofs on all city buildings, including schools and hospitals, by 2025, for example. Looking for concrete, accelerated action here. Everything else you do as a city is pointless if we can't save the planet!
you for your question. The City of Mississauga is committed to taking action on climate change and with the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) being released by the end of the
year, we will have tangible actions that will help Mississauga become a
resilient, low-carbon, and green city. As a municipality we will continue to move
forward with climate action and the implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan, which will be a ten year action plan. If you haven't already, sign up for our newsletter
to stay up-to-date on the Climate Change Project.
This plan talks in generalities (with few specifics) about what should be done by 2050 (by which time most, if not all, current council members will no longer be in office), and nothing about what must be done by 2030 - the U.N. stated point beyond which the consequences of inadequate action are likely to be catastrophic. What does Mississauga commit to doing between now and 2030?
Thank you for your
question. Recently, the City of Mississauga declared a Climate Emergency,
committing the City to taking action on climate change. The City's Climate Change Action Plan will be a comprehensive ten year action plan, including many
short-term and long-term actions and targets, which will help the City prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change between now and 2030 and beyond. The Plan is set to go Council for final approval this fall. If you haven't already, sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on the Climate Change Project and the finalization of the Climate Change Action Plan.
Can we begin planting more trees in and around the city? There are many strips of land that arent being used by anything and are too small to develop anything on. Planting trees would also help to remove air pollution from the increasing population. This would help to reduce the amount of children being hospitalized for respatory related illnesses.
The City recognizes the important role of trees and offers a variety of tree planting program, including the One Million Trees program which helps conserve and further enhance the City’s open spaces and forested areas for future generations to enjoy. Through this program, the City has planted over 300,000 trees with the goal of planting one million trees by 2032. Trees are planted by City staff and volunteers on public and private property.
If you are interested in learning more about opportunities for planting on public and private lands you can check out the planting programs
Are you going to use some common sense on these projects or will end up as majority of projects? Big expectations but not a real connection with reality as we can see in many places around Mississauga. Tip, bring real people who want to participate for real not using : market study, pools, telemarketers, which I can tell you as one who worked in market studies, people is telling you what you want to hear most of the time. (US presidential election very good example).
Ordinary people with ordinary idea, brainstorms, are the best, big fancy ideas, with big fancy diplomas behind, are born to die.
We agree and we have strived to provide meaningful opportunities to engage our community.
The Climate Change Stakeholder Panel represents key agencies and organizations in the City of Mississauga and provides ongoing input to the Climate Change Project. For more information see https://yoursay.mississauga.ca/climate-change/news_feed/stakeholder-panel.
course of this summer, we have been engaging the community through a variety of events and campaigns.
In July, we
held the After Dark Earth Market which attracted over 5,000
people. It was held in partnership with Many Feathers on Celebration Square and
included ArtWorkX – a live art showcase, musical performances from Rhythm Works
and Jammers Waffle House, fresh air yoga with YogaVision, and the Imagine2050
Escape Room (in partnership with Escape from The 6).
We also held
our Imagine2050 Photo Contest, in partnership with Visual Arts Mississauga and
the Atmospheric Fund, which asked residents to imagine what a low carbon and
resilient Mississauga would look like in the year 2050. We had over 50
submissions. Twelve photographs were selected as finalists by a panel of judges
and showcased at the Imagine2050 Pop Up at Erin Mills Town Centre. Winners were
recently announced at the Work of Wind event on September 22. The Imagine 2050
Pop Up also included a Time Capsule, a 10 minute puzzle activity with a series
of progressive challenges. Residents were given the chance to solve a series of
challenges to combat the effects of climate change in the future which
translated into actions they can take now to combat climate change.
Imagine2050 Escape Room was another highlight. The escape room was developed in
partnership with Escape from The 6 and was offered at two locations throughout
the month of July at Celebration Square during the After Dark Earth Market and
at Erin Mills Town Centre.
Room provided an immersive and interactive experience for Mississauga residents
1. How climate change is affecting the
City of Mississauga
2. What action they can take to reduce
their impact on climate change
3. About the actions the city is
undertaking to combat climate change through the City's Climate Change Action
A total of
715 people participated in the Imagine2050 Escape Room.
Does the city of mississauga offer a green roof and cool roof rebate or grant ?
The City 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.
For more information, go to http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/stormwater/charge.
As we develop the Climate Change Action Plan, we will be
considering a wide range of options, including incentives, to help our
community adapt to and mitigate climate change.
Where has the City and/or Region installed permeable asphalt or paving stones?
The City of Mississauga has installed permeable surfaces in many locations, including:
What is the City doing to incorporate solutions from the science-based and evidence-based Project Drawdown? This is a comprehensive solution that proposes to REVERSE global warming by 2050. They are imagining in a big way, not just piecemeal!
Check out the solutions at https://www.drawdown.org
Thank you for pointing out
Many of the solutions suggested in Project Drawdown are
being implemented by the City of Mississauga such as: installing cycling
infrastructure, converting all streetlights to LED, encouraging developers to
install green roofs, building energy efficient City facilities and planning for
The Climate Change Action Plan will provide actions
for the City of Mississauga and the community to both mitigate and adapt to
climate change. As part of the Climate Change Project, we are investigating Project Drawdown.
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?
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?
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.
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
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?
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?
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?
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
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
This provides Mississauga with
direction and support for climate change action.
what is climate change doing to Mississauga
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...
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???
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.
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?
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.
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!
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
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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
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?
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?
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?
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
of climate change actions taken by the City, residents and businesses across
- 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
- 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
- Through City-run initiatives like Earth Markets,
residents learn more about environmental actions and green activities.
How has Mississauga been impacted by climate change?
Mississauga's climate is changing and has already experienced a half-degree average temperature increase over the last 100
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?
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.