Canada's climate solution websites
Sure, there's Google. But what we all really want is a good information about the solutions, products and services, and incentives and project funding that will help us take action. Here are some of the best websites in Canada with information on climate solutions.
First, let's start with a couple of examples of what we are looking for. Here are two examples of great Canadian websites for climate action. Sites with imagination and information. Sites with solutions you will want. They set the benchmark for providing people with information and incentives to take action.
These are some of the best websites with information on climate solutions and incentives. They will give you an idea of the resources that are out there, and a starting point for researching your own action plan and solutions.
Climate Action by Region
Partners for Climate Protection (Federation of Canadian Municipalities)
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:
Canadian government: the Canadian government's information page on climate change.
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!
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 Toolkit
A detailed website of ideas, guides, and resources available for community-based climate action.
Look at the What You Can Do section for tips and links.
Information on conservation programs and incentives
New Brunswick's information site, with links to the province's climate plan
Newfoundland and Labrador
Turn Back the Tide (government site)
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.
The government's information site on climate change.
Greenhouse Gas Strategy 2011 - 2015
A The NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework is being developed to replace the Greenhouse Gas Strategy
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.
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.
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).
Climate Change (Government of Ontario)
The Ontario government's main information page on climate change and their Climate Action Plan. Additional pages are available on key government initiatives, including:
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.
Check your local utility for information as well - they usually run the same incentive programs and also have their own conservation programs
Toronto Atmospheric Fund
TAF has the mandate to support climate throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Check their grants section for more information.
You may find good resources on your local municipal government site.
Prince Edward Island
The government's information site on its climate change action plan.
The government's information site on climate change, with a page of links to reports and information on the Green Fund.
Information on the Province's Green Fund (French only).
The government's information site on climate change, including a link to a Climate Change White Paper
Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW)
Just a bunch of community volunteers in Toronto, but they have already compiled one of the best sources of information on how to plan for extreme weather in your home, building or community.
Get Prepared (Government of Canada)
Three good sections: Know the Risks, Make a Plan, and Get a Kit
Weather Underground (US)
This site has summaries for all types of emergencies - so you can pick the preparation plan for the most likely events in your location.
Flood Ready (Government of Canada)
Tips on how to prepare for floods at home an in your community.
Home Energy Conservation
NAIMA is the association for all those businesses that sell insulation products. They've made it super easy for people to find incentives and rebates for investing in conservation. Smart!
Green Communities Home Energy Solutions
A program of Green Communities Canada, with non-profit associations in municipalities across Canada. A home energy assessment is the first step to figuring out which energy conservation measures will give you the best return in lowering your bills and improving your home comfort.
Interested in renewable energy? You can choose to green your existing energy bills, produce your own power, or participate in community energy projects.
Green your Bills
Green your energy bills by paying a premium for green energy. Bullfrog Power invests in green energy projects across the country. so your premium is helping to green the grid and offset carbon emissions.
Produce your own power
Canadian Solar Industry Association
CanSIA is a great place to start for information on the solar industry in Canada.
There are a number of companies that offer turnkey solar solutions for your home. Here are some of them:
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
OSEA works with communities in Ontario to set up community power projects.
Canadian Urban Transit Association
CUTA is the association for transit systems across Canada, and a strong advocate for urban transit.
Local and Regional Cycling Associations:
- La Route Verte - Quebec's top notch network of bike routes
- Velo Quebec - making sure cycling is part of the Quebec culture and DNA
- Cycle Toronto - pressing for safe cycling and bike lanes in Toronto
- Bike Hub - Vancouver's cycling association, promoting safe cycling through education, local organizing, and in the City's Transportation Strategy
Plug 'n Drive
Plug 'n Drive is an Ontario-based organization promoting electric vehicles. Their website has a guide to EVs, and, if you are in Toronto, they have an EV Discovery Centre where you can test drive e-vehicles.
Sustain Ontario is a good example of a regional food network, working to support local food initiatives across Ontario.
Learn about communities through the eyes of others. Jane's Walks happen the first weekend of May in communities across Canada and around the world. They celebrate the ideas of Jane Jacobs, whose writing and actions transformed how we look at planning and community development.
Canadian Urban Institute
The CUI is an urban think tank, with research and programs aimed at promoting excellence in urban design.
Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition
OHCC has been bringing groups and communities together in Ontario for over thirty years. "Healthy communities" is the original integrated community development model, combining social, cultural, economic, and environmental health into local strategies for success.