Muskoka Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Initiative

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Muskoka’s climate is changing. As a result, the Muskoka of tomorrow will be drastically different than the Muskoka of the past. Climate change is expected to bring significant changes to Muskoka’s weather patterns, ecosystems, and infrastructure. Taking action now is necessary to increase the resiliency of The District of Muskoka’s assets and programs to prepare for these changes.

On October 19, 2020, Muskoka District Council declared a Climate Emergency, a declaration that deepens the District’s commitment to protecting Muskoka’s economy, community, and ecosystems from the impacts of our changing climate.

The District has taken important steps to address climate change, including the creation of a comprehensive climate change strategy called “A New Leaf”. As part of the New Leaf Strategy, the District has:

  • developed a corporate climate change action plan called ‘MCCAP’;
  • is developing a corporate and community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory and Emission Reduction Strategy to decrease GHG emissions in Muskoka;
  • has committed to climate change education, outreach and strengthening partnerships; and
  • has committed to seeking and securing funding to move on actions noted in the strategy.

In December of 2020 the District also unanimously passed a resolution with a series of actions designed to incorporate the results of the strategy into District programs, and GHG reduction targets for both the community and corporation.

The next exciting step in this GHG Initiatives project is to create a diverse and representative Community Working Group (CWG) that will help to develop a community GHG reduction strategy called the Climate Action Plan (CAP).

This project page has been set up as an information hub and community engagement portal for the work being undertaken in this project. Opportunities for community participation will be posted to this page including stakeholder meeting dates, public surveys and community conversations.

To receive project updates directly to your inbox, subscribe to this project page by entering your email address in the "Stay Informed" tool (located at the top right-hand corner of this page on your desktop, or scroll down on your mobile device) and click the subscribe button.

Learn More about Muskoka's Climate Change Action Plan:

In 2018 the District began developing a corporate climate change action plan. This was followed in the Spring of 2019 by Muskoka District Council unanimously passing a resolution to join the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program and committing to matching the existing federal GHG reduction targets. The PCP program a best-in-class five milestone program that is developed by the federal government to help Canadian Municipalities to reduce their GHG emissions. Currently, over 400 Canadian Municipalities are a part of the program. In the summer of 2019, the District started a corporate and community-wide GHG mitigation initiative. Although a significant delay with COVID-19 these projects are currently underway, and the District has received the Milestone 1 award from the FCM for both the corporate and community initiatives. Learn more about climate change initiatives being undertaken by the District at www.muskoka.on.ca/climatechange

Muskoka’s climate is changing. As a result, the Muskoka of tomorrow will be drastically different than the Muskoka of the past. Climate change is expected to bring significant changes to Muskoka’s weather patterns, ecosystems, and infrastructure. Taking action now is necessary to increase the resiliency of The District of Muskoka’s assets and programs to prepare for these changes.

On October 19, 2020, Muskoka District Council declared a Climate Emergency, a declaration that deepens the District’s commitment to protecting Muskoka’s economy, community, and ecosystems from the impacts of our changing climate.

The District has taken important steps to address climate change, including the creation of a comprehensive climate change strategy called “A New Leaf”. As part of the New Leaf Strategy, the District has:

  • developed a corporate climate change action plan called ‘MCCAP’;
  • is developing a corporate and community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory and Emission Reduction Strategy to decrease GHG emissions in Muskoka;
  • has committed to climate change education, outreach and strengthening partnerships; and
  • has committed to seeking and securing funding to move on actions noted in the strategy.

In December of 2020 the District also unanimously passed a resolution with a series of actions designed to incorporate the results of the strategy into District programs, and GHG reduction targets for both the community and corporation.

The next exciting step in this GHG Initiatives project is to create a diverse and representative Community Working Group (CWG) that will help to develop a community GHG reduction strategy called the Climate Action Plan (CAP).

This project page has been set up as an information hub and community engagement portal for the work being undertaken in this project. Opportunities for community participation will be posted to this page including stakeholder meeting dates, public surveys and community conversations.

To receive project updates directly to your inbox, subscribe to this project page by entering your email address in the "Stay Informed" tool (located at the top right-hand corner of this page on your desktop, or scroll down on your mobile device) and click the subscribe button.

Learn More about Muskoka's Climate Change Action Plan:

In 2018 the District began developing a corporate climate change action plan. This was followed in the Spring of 2019 by Muskoka District Council unanimously passing a resolution to join the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program and committing to matching the existing federal GHG reduction targets. The PCP program a best-in-class five milestone program that is developed by the federal government to help Canadian Municipalities to reduce their GHG emissions. Currently, over 400 Canadian Municipalities are a part of the program. In the summer of 2019, the District started a corporate and community-wide GHG mitigation initiative. Although a significant delay with COVID-19 these projects are currently underway, and the District has received the Milestone 1 award from the FCM for both the corporate and community initiatives. Learn more about climate change initiatives being undertaken by the District at www.muskoka.on.ca/climatechange