Item - 2019.MM10.3

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on October 2, 2019 with amendments.

MM10.3 - Declaring a Climate Emergency and Accelerating Toronto's Climate Action Plan - by Mayor John Tory, seconded by Councillor Mike Layton

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on October 2 and 3, 2019, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council declare a climate emergency for the purpose of naming, framing, and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our ecosystems and our community from climate change.

 

2.  City Council endorse a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target that is in line with keeping global average temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius, immediately strengthening Toronto's goal of becoming net zero before 2050, and City Council request the Director, Environment and Energy to report back by the fourth quarter of 2020 on the feasibility of actions that could achieve net zero by 2040.

 

3.  City Council commit to:


a.  looking for opportunities to invest in and accelerate high priority emission reduction areas in TransformTO, such as building retrofits and transportation, as part of the 2020 Budget;


b.  exploring all viable and equitable financing mechanisms to adequately finance and encourage climate actions and adaptation in the 2021 Budget cycle;


c.  accelerating the implementation of TransformTO climate actions at every opportunity; and


d.  engaging job-seekers, workers, unions, academic institutions, relevant sectors, and social service agencies in the creation of a low-carbon jobs strategy that supports a decent work agenda, career pathways for equity-seeking groups, and the expansion of green industry sectors across Toronto.
 

4.  City Council direct the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to report to City Council on possible amendments to the Statement of Investments and Procedures to become a green investment city by reflecting current responsible investment best practices, excluding fossil fuels from the portfolio, and actively investing in clean energy and climate solutions.

 

5.  City Council direct the Director, Environment and Energy to:

 

a. report back in the second quarter of 2020 on:

 

i. the feasibility of developing a formal adaptive resource management system to assist in achieving net-zero:


ii. options for establishing an advisory committee that includes scientists, businesses, community experts, labour groups, Non-Governmental Organization experts and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to provide regular peer review on plans to achieve net-zero; and

 

iii. the interrelationship between city strategies and targets, as well as a critical path analysis to achieve net-zero; and

 

b. report annually in the second quarter on the implementation status of climate actions and progress made towards meeting interim and 2030 emission reduction targets.

 
6.  City Council direct the Director, Environment and Energy to include in the 2021-2023 TransformTO implementation plan:

 

a.  actions to achieve a net zero greenhouse gas emissions in line with keeping global average temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius;


b.  strategies that would accelerate timelines for existing TransformTO actions;


c.  the feasibility of establishing interim 2023 and 2027 targets and actions that put Toronto on track to meet its 2030 target, including quick-wins in the transportation and building sectors;


d.  a strategy for securing dedicated and sustained climate funding to adequately finance climate actions necessary to meet 2030 emission reduction targets;


e.  a climate lens that evaluates and considers the climate impacts of all major City of Toronto decisions, including financial decisions;


f.  a plan to measure, monitor and reduce consumption-based (lifecycle) emissions;


g.  engaging residents and stakeholders in decision-making and provide greater public accountability;


h.  a commitment to meaningfully consult and cooperate with Indigenous communities on the development and implementation of TransformTO in accordance with the City’s commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;


i.  a plan to apply the City’s Equity Lens to TransformTO decision-making in order to ensure that strategies include and benefit equity-seeking groups;


j.  a plan to collaborate with youth, including youth from equity-seeking groups, to increase youth participation in the development and implementation of TransformTO strategies;


k.  the feasibility of creating a Toronto Carbon Budget to aid in the implementation of TransformTO; 

 

l. integration of resilience into TransformTO, consistent with Resilience Strategy Action 4.2; and

 

m. recognition of the City of Toronto’s role in uptake of innovation and a plan to:

 

i. improve collaboration with the academic and business community in the development and implementation of TransformTO strategies; and

 

ii. establish leadership on resilience consistent with Resilience Strategy Action 4.5.

Background Information (City Council)

Communications (City Council)

(September 30, 2019) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (MM.Supp.MM10.3.1)
(September 30, 2019) E-mail from Deborah Gladstone (MM.Supp.MM10.3.2)
(September 30, 2019) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (MM.Supp.MM10.3.3)
(October 1, 2019) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (MM.Supp.MM10.3.4)
(October 1, 2019) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (MM.Supp.MM10.3.5)
(October 1, 2019) Letter from Bryan Purcell, Vice President, Policy and Program, The Atmospheric Fund (MM.New.MM10.3.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/mm/comm/communicationfile-97518.pdf
(October 1, 2019) Letter from Keagan Gartz, Interim Executive Director, Cycle Toronto (MM.New.MM10.3.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/mm/comm/communicationfile-97521.pdf
(October 1, 2019) Submission from Hamish Wilson (MM.New.MM10.3.8)
(October 2, 2019) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (MM.New.MM10.3.9)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Waive Referral (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata advised Council that the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, require that Motion MM10.3 be referred to the Executive Committee. A two-thirds vote of the Council Members present is required to waive referral.


1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That City Council:

 

1. Amend Recommendation 3. part d by adding the words "academic institutions" after the word "unions" so that the Recommendation now reads as follows:

 

3.  City Council commit to:


d.  engaging job-seekers, workers, unions, academic institutions, relevant sectors, and social service agencies in the creation of a low-carbon jobs strategy that supports a decent work agenda, career pathways for equity-seeking groups, and the expansion of green industry sectors across Toronto.

 

2. Delete Recommendation 5 and replace it with the following new Recommendation 5:

 

5.  City Council direct the Director, Environment and Energy to:

 

a. report back in Q2 2020 on:

 

i. the feasibility of developing a formal adaptive resource management system to assist in achieving net-zero:


ii. options for establishing an advisory committee that includes scientists, businesses, community experts, labour groups, Non-Governmental Organization experts and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority to provide regular peer review on plans to achieve net-zero;

 

iii. the interrelationship between city strategies and targets, as well as a critical path analysis to achieve net-zero.

 

b. report annually in the second quarter on the implementation status of climate actions and progress made towards meeting interim and 2030 emission reduction targets.

 

3. Amend Recommendation 6 by adding the following new parts:

 

6.  City Council direct the Director, Environment and Energy to include in the 2021-2023 TransformTO implementation plan:

 

l. integration of resilience into TransformTO, consistent with Resilience Strategy action 4.2; and

 

m. recognition of the City of Toronto’s role in uptake of innovation and a plan to:

 

i. improve collaboration with the academic and business community in the development and implementation of TransformTO strategies; and

 

ii. establish leadership on resilience consistent with Resilience strategy action 4.5.

Vote (Amend Item) Oct-02-2019 11:38 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM10.3 - McKelvie - motion 1 Revised
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Oct-02-2019 11:39 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM10.3 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council