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647 Municipalities have Declared a Climate Emergency in Canada

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It’s true that our climate is changing – and we know it is because of human influence.

Canada’s Changing Climate Report, led by Environment and Climate Change Canada, reveals that Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world.

The report contains alarming facts on the state of climate emergency in Canada and an urgent warning to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

While it might be tempting to throw your hands up and panic, feel nervous, anxious and feel really uncomfortable….

We here at Random Acts of Green want to help.

Thankfully, 647 Canadian municipalities have joined forces with an international movement to declare a state of emergency regarding the climate crisis!

We wanted to take a moment and champion them here – and hope that more cities take action. 

Read On to see the climate emergency declarations in Canada.

1. Vancouver, British Columbia

Declared January 26, 2019

2. Halifax, Nova Scotia

Declared January 29, 2019

3. Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

Declared on February 12, 2019.

Capital Regional District (CRD)

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is the regional government for 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, serving more than 413,000 citizens. The board voted unanimously in favor of making a Climate Emergency Declaration on February 13, 2019.

17. Edmundston , New Brunswick

The first city in New Brunswick was declared on February 19, 2019.

18. Powell River, British Columbia

Declared on February 21, 2019.

19. Kingston, Ontario

First city in Ontario declared on March 6, 2019.

20. New Westminister, British Columbia

Declared in March  2019.


21. Richmond, British Columbia

Declared on March 25, 2019.

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22. Islands Trust Council, British Columbia

Declared on March 25, 2019.

23. Hamilton, Ontario

Declared on March 27, 2019.

24. Moncton, New Brunswick

Declared on April 1, 2019.

25. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Declared on April 8, 2019.

26. Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), British Columbia

Declared on April 15 2019.

27. London, Ontario

Declared on April 23, 2019.

28. Burlington, Ontario

Declared on April 23, 2019.

29. West Nipissing, Ontario

Declared April 23, 2019

30. Ottawa, Ontario

Declared on April 24, 2019.

31. Nanaimo, British Columbia

Declared on April 29, 2019.

32. St. Catharines, Ontario

Declared on April 29, 2019.

33. Halton Hills, Ontario

Declared on May 6, 2019.

34. Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia

Declared May 8, 2019

35. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation – Old Crow, Yukon

Declared May 19, 2019

36. Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Declared May 21, 2019

37. Colwood, British Columbia

Declared on May, 27 2019.

38. Greater Sudbury, Ontario

Declared May 28, 2019

39. Prince Edward County, Ontario

Declared May 28, 2019

40. Vaughan, Ontario

Declared June 4, 2019

41. Brampton, Ontario

Declared June 5, 2019

42. Port Moody, British Columbia

Declared June 11, 2019

43. Sarnia, Ontario

Declared June 17, 2019

44. Bathurst, New Brunswick

Declared June 17, 2019

45. Mississauga, Ontario

Declared June 19, 2019

46. Kitchener, Ontario

Declared June 24, 2019

47. Oakville, Ontario

Declared June 24, 2019

48. Whitby, Ontario

Declared June 24, 2019

49. qathet Regional District, British Columbia

Declared June 27, 2019

50. Squamish, British Columbia

Declared July 2, 2019

51. Gananoque Town Council, Ontario

Declared July 2, 2019

52. North Vancouver District, British Columbia

Declared July 8, 2019

53. West Vancouver, British Columbia

Declared July 8, 2019

54. Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Declared July 15, 2019

55. King Township, Ontario

Declared July 8, 2019

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56. Smithers, British Columbia

Declared July 9, 2019

57. Duncan, British Columbia

Declared July 15, 2019

58. North Cowichan, British Columbia

Declared July 17, 2019

59. Langley Township Council, British Columbia

Declared July 22, 2019

60. Milton Town Council, Ontario

Declared July 22, 2019

61. Edmonton, Alberta

Declared August 27, 2019

62. Burnaby, British Columbia

Declared September 9, 2019

63. Halton, Ontario

Declared September 9, 2019

64. Ajax, Ontario

Declared September 9, 2019

65. Peterborough, Ontario

Declared September 23, 2019. 
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66. Annapolis County Council, Nova Scotia

Declared September 23, 2019

67. Whitehorse, Yukon

Declared September 23, 2019

68. Woolwich, Ontario

Declared September 24, 2019

69. Wilmot Town Council, Ontario

Declared September 24, 2019

70. Kenora, Ontario

Declared September 17, 2019

71. Canmore, Alberta

Declared October 1, 2019

72. Toronto, Ontario

Declared October 2, 2019

73. Wellesley Town Council, Ontario

Declared October 8, 2019

74. Waterloo, Ontario

Declared October 9, 2019

75. Barrie, Ontario

Declared October 7, 2019

76. Berwick, Nova Scotia

Declared October 8, 2019

77. Collingwood, Ontario

Declared October 16, 2019

78. Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Declared October 22, 2019

79. Aurora, Ontario

Declared October 22, 2019


80. Peel Regional Council, Ontario

Declared October 24, 2019

81. Central Elgin, Ontario

Declared October 28, 2019

82. Bowen Island Municipal Council, British Columbia

Declared October 28, 2019

83. Surrey, British Columbia

Declared November 4, 2019

84. St. John’s, Newfoundland

Declared November 4, 2019

85. Brantford, Ontario

Declared November 13, 2019

86. Cowichan Valley, British Columbia

Declared November 13, 2019

87. Windsor, Ontario

Declared November 18, 2019

88. Meaford, Ontario

Declared November 18, 2019

89. Cobourg, Ontario

Declared November 25, 2019

90. Brant County, Ontario

Declared November 26, 2019

91. Tecumseh Town Council, Ontario

Declared December 10, 2019

92. Amherstburg Town Council, Ontario

Declared December 11, 2019

93. Pickering, Ontario

Declared December 16, 2019

94. White Rock City Council, Ontario

Declared January 3, 2020

95. Thunder Bay, Ontario

Declared January 13, 2020

96. Newmarket, Ontario

Declared January 13, 2020

97. Goderich, Ontario

Declared January 13, 2020

98. Durham Regional Council, Ontario

Declared January 25, 2020

99. Caledon, Ontario

Declared January 28, 2020

100. St. Thomas, Ontario

Declared February 10, 2020

101. Stratford, Ontario

Declared February 10, 2020

102. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Declared February 24, 2020

103. Shippigan, New Brunswick

Declared March 2, 2020

104. Clarington, Ontario

Declared March 3, 2020

105. Muskoka District Council, Ontario

Declared October  20, 2020

106. Essex Town Council, Ontario

Declared February  16, 2021

107. Lions Bay Village Council, British Columbia

Declared April 13, 2021

108. Gravenhurst Town Council, Ontario

Declared April 20, 2021

109. Pembrooke City Council, Ontario

Declared April 20, 2021

110. Belleville City Council, Ontario

Declared June 28, 2021

111. Huntsville Town Council, Ontario

Declared June 28, 2021

112. Bracebridge Town Council, Ontario

Declared June 29, 2021

113. Brock Town Council, Ontario

Declared August 23, 2021

114. Calgary City Council, Alberta

Declared November 15, 2021

115. Cornwall City Council, Ontario

Declared December 13, 2021

116. Inisfill City Council, Ontario

Declared February 9th, 2022

117. Pemberton Town Council, British Columbia

Declared March 8th, 2022

118. New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

Declared March 1st, 2022

119. Grey County Council, Ontario

Declared April 14th, 2022

120. Penticton City Council, British Columbia

Declared May 17th, 2022

121. Qualicum Beach Town Council, British Columbia

Declared August 17th, 2022

122. Dufferin County Council, Ontario

Declared September 8, 2022

 


Climate Emergency Canada List Last Updated: November 16, 2022
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Additionally, the movement was sparked in Quebec as early as August 2018 which has seen more than 525 municipal councils endorse a Declaration d’urgency Climatique. Learn more about it here
First Nations leaders from across Canada passed a resolution declaring a “global climate emergency” at the Assembly of First Nations, representing 634 First Nations across Canada.

There are a number of municipalities across Canada that are in the process of declaring a climate emergency.

Many councils end up debating the particular language used when addressing climate.

For example, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) in British Columbia declared a ‘climate action imperative’ on April 11th. The City of Guelph, Ontario voted to ‘acknowledge a climate crisis’ rather than declare a climate emergency.

Many of these cities are also part of The Partners For Climate Protection Program.  This is a network of 400+ Canadian municipal governments who have committed to reducing greenhouse gases and acting on climate change. It consists of a five-step Milestone Framework that provides guidance and supports to reduce emissions in the municipality.

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The evidence provided in the most recent report confirms that Canada’s climate has warmed in response to global emissions of carbon dioxide from human activity.

This is a clear wake-up call for all Canadians that climate change is real and requires urgent action – and we want to help!

The science is clear that we all need to reduce our carbon footprint.

The Random Acts of Green® mobile app is designed to help you understand your impact by quantifying the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that can be reduced when you make low-carbon lifestyle choices. 

Take action TODAY.

Join these brave municipalities who have the courage to acknowledge the situation we are in and commit to doing something about it.

One of the best ways to take climate action is to talk about it.
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