Government Support

Government Plans

and how they can help you act

Finding support for climate action should be easy.

Let's say you want to find out what incentives are available for energy conservation. Or perhaps you are looking for funding for a community project. Or you might want to know how your government is investing in transit or charging stations for electric vehicles. Whatever your interest, you should be able to access information with ease.

The Goal

By 2020, every government should have a web site or page dedicated to climate action -- helping Canadians act in their homes and communities.

At the very least, here is what we want to see:

Incentives and support for individuals and businesses, covering energy conservation, green power, transportation alternatives, and other climate solutions

Funding for community and non-governmental organizations, in particular for community action and programs to engage and support climate action

Climate campaigns and marketing tools, in particular collaborative campaigns to promote climate action and individual climate solutions

Links to other funding and programs with similar goals, including community development, nature, health, culture, and recreation.

Information on government investments in infrastructure, economic development and other measures in support of climate action

Canada's Climate Plans and Climate Sites

So how are we doing?

While most governments across Canada (from municipal to federal) have a climate plan, only a few have developed a strong public engagement and support plan, backed up by a public website.

We've looked at all the Provinces, Territories, and the federal government websites, and also at a cross-section of municipalities. This is what we have found to date..

Senior Governments

National

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Climate Action Sites

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Alberta

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Climate Action Sites

  • Energy Efficient Alberta: Alberta's one-stop site for energy saving incentives and rebates for homes and businesses. It doesn't get much simpler to save!

 

British Columbia

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  • B.C.'s Climate Plan: Information on the government's climate plan. See the section on Get Involved to find incentives for home and office energy conservation, community organizing, and transportation.

Climate Action Sites

  • Climate Action Toolkit: A detailed website of ideas, guides, and resources available for community-based climate action.

 

Manitoba

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Climate Action Sites

 

New Brunswick

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Climate Action Sites

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Newfoundland and Labrador

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Climate Action Sites

  • Turn Back the Tide: A great one-stop shop for Newfoundland and Labrador's climate action plan. Here, you'll find factsheets on solutions, links to incentives and resources, and interactive tools.

 

Northwest Territories

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Climate Action Sites

  • N/A

 

Nova Scotia

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  • Climate Change: The government's information site on climate change, including a proposed cap and trade program.
  • What Nova Scotia is Doing: Includes a link to the 2009 Climate Change Action Plan, "Toward a Greener Future.

Climate Action Sites

  • N/A

 

Nunavut

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  • Nunavut Climate Change Centre: The government's information site on climate change, including a section on Voices From the Land. Information on climate plans can be found in the Publications section.

Climate Action Sites

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Ontario

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Climate Action Sites

  • Green Ontario Fund: The Ontario government's one-stop information site on Ontario programs and rebates to reduce your energy costs and fight climate change. Find information for homes (homeowners and renters), businesses (proprietor owned/small scale businesses), or organizations (medium and large manufacturing, institutional and commercial enterprises).
  • Save on Energy (Independent Electricity System Operator): Keep an eye out for their coupons for electricity conservation. It's a great way to save money while saving energy.
  • Local Utilities: Check your local utility for information as well - they usually run the same incentive programs and also have their own conservation programs
Prince Edward Island

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Quebec

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  • Climate Change: The government's information site on climate change, with a page of links to reports and information on the Green Fund.

Climate Action Sites

  • Fonds Vert: Information on the Province's Green Fund (French only).

 

Saskatchewan

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Climate Action Sites

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Yukon

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In total, four of the fourteen senior governments have a climate action website with a mandate to engage and support climate action: British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador. They are each very different in design, and only the Newfoundland and Labrador site, Turn Back the Tide, is truly designed with for a public audience. 

Municipalities

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

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Partners for Climate Protection: FCM manages a federally-funded program to assist Canadian municipalities to plan for climate adaptation and mitigation. Over 300 municipalities across the country are involved, at various steps along the five milestones:

  1. Creating a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast
  2. Setting an emissions reductions target
  3. Developing a local action plan
  4. Implementing the local action plan or a set of activities
  5. Monitoring progress and reporting results

Climate Action Sites

The PCP program recommends public engagement in the planning process:

  • Milestone 3 encourages municipalities to seek public input, and
  • Milestone 4 recommends setting up a community task force.

The emphasis is on public consultation as opposed to empowering individual and community action.  FCM does encourage meaningful engagement, however, and a number of municipalities have developed a strong public component to their plans.

Toronto

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  • Transform TO  integrates climate action and quality of life into a long term plan for the Toronto.

Climate Action Sites

  • Live Green Toronto has great ideas on combining green living and quality of life. Be sure to sign up for the Live Green card to get discounts at participating stores and businesses.
  • Toronto Atmospheric Fund: TAF has the mandate to support climate action throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Check their grants section for more information.
Vancouver

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Climate Action Sites

Montreal

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Early days, and we are still scouring the web, but so far we have just one municipal website dedicated to climate action by the public: Toronto's Live Green site.

It can be done

Turn Back the Tide

A catchy title, a great design, and a website chock full of ideas and with links to incentives and support programs. Produced by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, this is what a government information site should look like.

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Support Climate Action

Encourage your government to support climate action with:

  • carbon pricing to fund climate solutions
  • consumer and business incentives
  • funding for community action
  • investments in green infrastructure