Climate Action

When it comes to climate change, everyone has a part to play.

The City of Victoria is developing an updated Climate Leadership Plan to set a path to become a 100% renewable energy City by 2050 and to prepare for the impacts associated with a changing climate. Below are the steps the City of Victoria is moving forward with in order to meet its renewable energy goals:

  • Develop a Climate Leadership Strategy
  • Integrate climate leadership into City discussions/processes
  • 100% renewable energy municipal operations
  • Empower and engage staff, citizens, and stakeholders to foster climate excellence in the community
  • Improved active transportation Infrastructure / programs
  • Support a shift towards vehicle electrification
  • Increase transit ridership through increased efficiency and accessibility
  • Increase car share participation
  • Review existing and develop new polices to support low-carbon transportation
  • Develop plan to achieve net-zero new buildings by 2032
  • Identify opportunities for district energy systems
  • Explore energy labeling and benchmarking programs
  • Develop a community-wide building energy retrofit strategy
  • Promote switching to renewable energy home heating
  • Maximize the diversion of waste from the landfill
  • Promote reduced use of resources
  • Develop a Circular Economy Framework for the City
  • Establish a climate change adaptation program for the City
  • Integrate climate change adaptation into City Steps is the City of Victoria

To find out more about how the City is going to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets and adapt to climate change more details on these steps and others can be found in the report presented to City Council in late 2016 here:: COTW-ClimateActionPriorities-Dec 8.pdf [PDF - 577 KB]


In additon to what the City is doing, there are steps Victoria residents and businesses can take to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change.

Join the conversation and learn what others are doing. A number of non-profit groups focus on climate change impacts and solutions. In an area rapid change, such groups can be great source of information and specific ideas that can help tailor an individual, business or family’s actions on climate change.

For building owners and managers, investing in energy savings often saves money as well as reducing greenhouse gases.

Home retrofit incentives available to homeowners

Switching from oil heating to an electric heat pump:

BC Hydro Home Renovation Rebates:

Fortis BC rebates available in Victoria


There are also many plug-in vehicle rebates and programs also available to the public:

Provincial funding for purchase of an electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid or a fuel cell vehicle

Scrap-It Program – Electric Vehicle Program

Emotive – The Electric Vehicle Experience!

Plug Share – EV Charging Station Map


Own a business in Victoria? There are rebates and incentives for business owners too:

Fortis BC rebates available in Victoria

CRD, Fortis Spray Valve and City of Victoria Spray Valve Program for Food Services


Did you know...

  • Cities produce almost 75% of the world's carbon dioxide and other GHG emissions, through energy consumption for homes and commercial buildings, transportation, and the disposal of organic waste.
  • Victoria's total community emissions (including household and business emissions) are approximately five tonnes of CO2 equivalent per capita, which is lower than most North American cities, but higher than the global levels that are needed to reduce climate change and its impacts.

As an organization the City of Victoria is committed to both reducing energy use and GHG emissions to minimize the impacts of a changing climate, while also adapting our community to be more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Through working together as a community to promote low carbon businesses and lifestyles, we can have the greatest impact and see faster progress in our efforts towards climate action.