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Winnipeg's Climate Action Plan:
Planning for Climate Change. Acting for People.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during development of Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan. The Plan is now available in the 'Documents' tab, and will be reviewed by the Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment on Thursday, September 6, 2018. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m.  Further details provided under the 'Engage' tab.

Recognizing that climate change is a serious global environmental problem, the City of Winnipeg is moving forward to develop a community climate action plan, an initiative called Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan: Planning for Climate Change. Acting for People. The City will build on the technical work already completed in Winnipeg’s 2011 Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Forecast (2015) by focusing on long-term goals achieved through a series of short-term actions. The City is committed to developing a Plan that will address the community’s challenges and opportunities with respect to global climate change, establish targets for emissions reductions, and provide recommendations for new and enhanced policies, programs and actions.


Engage

Update September 2018:

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during the development of Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan. Feedback from the public engagement process has been incorporated into Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan. A copy of the Plan, which has been submitted to Council for their consideration, is available in the ‘Documents’ tab.

As part of the decision making process, there is an opportunity for members of the public to appear as a delegation before the Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment when the report is brought forward on Thursday, September 6. The meeting will begin at 9a.m. in the Council building at 510 Main St. The meeting agenda is now available online, and the report includes the following recommendations:

  1. That Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan: Planning for Climate Change – Acting for People (the “Plan”), a copy of which is attached as Attachment “A”, be approved for implementation and that the Council decision of September 30, 2009 approving the report titled Corporate and Community-wide Climate Change Action Plans to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Winnipeg, including all subsequent amendments, be rescinded.
  2. That the Public Service review its departmental administrative objectives and plans to determine how they align with the strategic opportunity areas and priority actions identified within the Plan, and report the results to the interdepartmental Climate Change Working Group, as required by the Climate Change Working Group.
  3. That the Public Service identify budget risks for those projects to be implemented in the short, medium and long term, which are currently underfunded or unfunded, within their yearly budget processes.
  4. That the Office of Sustainability apply for external funding, through such funding programs identified in Appendix E of Attachment A, in support of the actions identified in the Plan.
  5. That the Public Service undertake detailed greenhouse gas and economic modeling of the Plan to understand the estimated costs and benefits to the City of implementing the Plan.
  6. That the Public Service report back annually to Council on the Winnipeg Climate Action Plan beginning in 2019.
  7. That the Proper Officers of the City be authorized to do all things necessary to implement the intent of the foregoing.

If you would like to appear as a delegation, you must contact the City Clerk’s Department by 4:30pm on Wednesday, Sept. 5. To do so, please contact the clerk of the committee by email at , or contact 311 by phone. Please indicate the committee name and the matter to which you would like to speak in your request.

Additional opportunities to serve as a delegation may also be available during the Council decision-making process, specifically at relevant Executive Policy Committee and Council meetings.

If you have any further questions or feedback, please call 204-986-6978 or email us at .

Previously:

From November 2017 through February 2018, stakeholders were invited to provide input into the development of Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan in two phases. The intent of Phase 1 engagement was to create a climate vision for the City, introduce target-setting, and develop the climate actions that can be taken at the community level.

Phase 2 included a Public Priorities Workshop. The intent of this phase was to seek more in-depth community input on the topics identified during Phase 1. Attendees joined facilitated discussion groups and were asked to record their input in workbooks. Participants were also asked to engage in a ‘Dotmocracy’ exercise that solicited further perspective on public priorities.

We reached nearly 4,800 stakeholders through the engagement process and as a result, we received more than one hundred questions and comments in addition to a large volume of input provided via event workbooks. This includes 4,674 people who were reached through online engagement, 69 who participated in-person at the kick-off event, and 56 people who attended the Public Priorities Workshop.

A summary report of the feedback received throughout the project is available. In addition, the following public engagement reports are available with details on what we heard:

Phase 1

  1. Kick-off Event (November  10, 2017)
  2. Online Ideas Jam (November 28, 2017)
  3. Phase 1 - Combined Summary

Phase 2

  1. Public Priorities Workshop (February 27, 2018)  
  2. Phase 1 & 2 Combined Summary

The public engagement process is designed to provide a number of opportunities for involvement and to inspire dialogue and participation using creative methods. Feedback from the public engagement process will be included in a final report to Council and incorporated into the Plan and recommendations where possible.

For more information, or if you have questions or feedback, please contact the project team by email.

If you would like to stay updated on City of Winnipeg public engagement events, follow the City on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for the City of Winnipeg public engagement newsletter.

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Background

Climate change is recognized as one of the most serious global environmental problems and results from an accumulation of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHG). On November 25, 1998, recognizing the importance of dealing with climate change, the City of Winnipeg committed to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program.

The PCP program is a network of Canadian municipal governments that has committed to reducing greenhouse gases and acting on climate change. It empowers individual municipalities to take action against climate change through a five-milestone process that guides members in creating GHG inventories, setting realistic and achievable GHG reduction targets, developing local action plans, and implementing plans using specific, measurable actions to reduce emissions.

The City’s commitment to reduce GHG emissions is also recognized in A Sustainable Winnipeg, the City’s guiding sustainability strategy and a supporting document to the City’s OurWinnipeg community plan.

In 2015, Mayor Brian Bowman reiterated the commitment to action on climate change by endorsing the Big City Mayors’ Climate Change Action resolution that committed the City to:

  • Emissions reduction targets that addressed both short and long-term commitments;
  • Developing a municipal climate action plan that reduces GHG emissions, identify the risks associated with climate change and how those risks will be mitigated; and
  • Regular reporting on municipal emissions.

In November 2016, the  Winnipeg 2011 Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Forecast was presented to Council. The report updated the community-wide GHG emission inventory from 1998, reported on three emission forecast scenarios for the year 2050, and an emissions reduction opportunities assessment.

The City’s commitment to the development of aclimate change action plan has evolved through the commitments and initiatives described above. The City was awarded a Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund grant to complete this action plan. Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan will be developed with a number of opportunities for community input and the outcomes will:

  • Outline a clear vision for the community on how to mitigate climate change impacts;
  • Set targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction;
  • Identify opportunities for the City and the community to act on achieving the specified targets;
  • Provide recommendations concerning the adoption of new policies; and
  • Determine a strategy for implementation of the Plan.

The public engagement process for this project was designed to provide a number of opportunities for involvement and to inspire dialogue and participation using creative methods. The views and input of Winnipeg residents are being incorporated into the development of Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan. Feedback from the public engagement process will be incorporated into the Plan and recommendations where possible, and will be included in a final report to Council.

Documents

Document Name Date Type
Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan 2018-08 Report
Climate Change Working Group Final Report 2017-01 Report
Phase 1 & 2 Combined Summary 2018-06 Report
Public Priorities Workshop Engagement Summary 2018-06 Report
Public Priorities Workshop Poster 2018-02 Advertisement
Public Priorities Workshop Postcard 2018-02 Advertisement
Public Priorities Workshop Newspaper Ads 2018-02 Advertisement
Public Priorities Workshop News Release 2018-02 Advertisement
Phase 1 Engagement Summaries 2018-02 Report
Online Ideas Jam Postcard 2017-11 Advertisement
Kick Off Event Poster 2017-10 Poster
Kick Off Event Newspaper Ads 2017-10 Advertisement
Kick Off Event Postcard 2017-10 Postcard
Kick Off Event News Release 2017-10 News Release
Garbage and Recycling Master Plan (Comprehensive Integrated Waste Management Strategy) 2011-10 Community Plan
Transportation Master Plan 2011-11 Community Plan
OurWinnipeg 2011-08 (Currently under review) Community Plan
A Sustainable Winnipeg 2011-08 (Currently under review) Sustainability Strategy
City of Winnipeg Community 2011 Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Forecast 2015-03 Report

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is climate mitigation?

Actions to reduce or prevent the emission of atmospheric greenhouse gasses.

Date added: October 2017

What is climate adaptation and how does it fit in to this planning process?

Climate adaptation refers to actions that help communities or ecosystems cope with changing climate conditions, e.g. flood protection measures. Although the current focus is on developing an action plan to reduce the city’s contribution to climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the next steps will include dedicated efforts to prepare for a changing climate and the associated risks. There are a number of co-benefits and synergies between climate mitigation and climate adaptation efforts and once the important first step of approving Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan is complete, we look forward to advancing work in both of these areas.

Date added: October 2017

Do we have a community GHG reduction target?

When Council signed on to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection program in 1998, a target of 6% emissions reduction was set. However, a corresponding action plan and timeline for achieving the target have not been established.

Over the coming months, with the assistance and input of citizens and community stakeholders, the Public Service will develop a climate change action plan for City Council’s consideration.

Date added: October 2017

When will the Plan be complete?

Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan has been completed and submitted to Council for their consideration by the Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment. This will take place on Thursday, September 6 in the Council building at 510 Main St.

Date updated: August 2018

How can I stay notified on upcoming events?

This website is the main source of information for Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan and will be regularly updated. These updates will include opportunities to serve as a delegation during the Council decision-making process.

If you would like to stay informed about upcoming events and information please call 204-986-6978 or email

Date updated: August 2018

What will the Winnipeg Climate Action Plan: Planning for Climate Change. Acting for People achieve?

The goals of this project include:

  1. Set a climate vision to guide the identification and selection of actions to include in the Plan;
  2. Establish a set of climate targets;
  3. Identify and recommend climate mitigation actions to support the vision and targets; and
  4. Prepare an implementation plan for recommended climate actions.

Date added: October 2017

How will the project team decide which climate actions to include as part of Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan?

The project team will determine the path forward through careful consideration of feedback from the public engagement sessions, inputs from the Climate Action Advisory Group, City staff, as well as best practices from other jurisdictions. Past climate planning efforts, such as the City of Winnipeg Community 2011 GHG Inventory and Forecast (2015) and OurWinnipeg will help to inform efforts going forward.

Date added: October 2017

What sectors are being covered in the Plan?

The community sectors that will help inform the development of the Plan are based on Winnipeg's Community 2011 GHG Inventory and Forecast. The energy and GHG inventory in this report includes the following five sectors and activities:

  1. Building Electricity and Natural Gas - residential and commercial consumption of electricity and natural gas;
  2. Vehicles – vehicle travel from passenger and freight motor vehicles;
  3. Transit – Winnipeg Transit vehicle travel
  4. Waste Disposal – solid waste generated by the community
  5. Water and Waste Water – energy for potable water and wastewater treatment and distribution

Action and priorities will be identified for all sectors. However, the sectors that represent the largest source of emissions are also the greatest opportunity for GHG reductions and these include:

  • Vehicle Travel (contributes approximately 50% of greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Building Natural Gas (contributes approximately 34% of greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Waste Disposal (contributes approximately 15% of greenhouse gas emissions)

Date added: October 2017

Do other cities have community climate change action plans?

Yes. Most similarly-sized Canadian cities, and nearly all large cities around the world, have either adopted or have committed to adopting stand-alone or policy-integrated goals, targets, and action plans.

Date added: October 2017

Climate Action Advisory Group

The City has invited a diverse and collaborative group of climate experts and stakeholders to help inform the development of a community climate vision, targets and climate action plan.

The group will consist of stakeholders and technical experts representing government, industry, business, community organizations, and non-profit agencies. We will to draw on their expertise to help draft the Plan’s vision and targets, and to identify and test out climate action ideas. Members will be asked to collaborate in small groups to identify implementation guidelines around several key programs or policies. This work will involve a broad range of stakeholders thinking through how to establish programs that can be tested and rolled out in the City.

Last update: August 30, 2018