Climate Change

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Climate change is here, and its impacts are already being felt in Caledon. ­From increasing intense storm events that result in flooding to more extreme heat days in the summer, we know that Caledon’s climate will become more unpredictable in the coming years. These changes are expected to pose many risks to the built and natural environment. By working together, we are acting to mitigate and adapt to the effects of a changing climate and to ensure that Caledon can continue to be a great place to live, work, play, invest and grow.


Focus Area's Project and Studies

The drivers of policy development for the Climate Change focus area include:

To learn more about this project, please check out the following documents:

Climate change is here, and its impacts are already being felt in Caledon. ­From increasing intense storm events that result in flooding to more extreme heat days in the summer, we know that Caledon’s climate will become more unpredictable in the coming years. These changes are expected to pose many risks to the built and natural environment. By working together, we are acting to mitigate and adapt to the effects of a changing climate and to ensure that Caledon can continue to be a great place to live, work, play, invest and grow.


Focus Area's Project and Studies

The drivers of policy development for the Climate Change focus area include:

To learn more about this project, please check out the following documents:

Questions about climate change?

Please let us know if you have any questions about the work the Town is undertaking to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Your questions and responses from Town staff may be published here to help build awareness.

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    I was just listening to Saul Griffith speaking about his book "Electrify" and thought he proposed some great things that Caledon should jump at. Ideally we could lead by doing things like making it mandatory for all new housing developments to have heat pumps instead of gas furnaces and have an optimal amount of insulation. This would decrease the footprint of these new homes. Is this requirement for building more environmentally friendly something that can be done now? We should also encourage new businesses into Caledon to manufacture/assemble these heat pumps as well as installation of solar panels on roof tops!

    annm asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. As a municipality, unfortunately we do not have the authority to mandate building performance beyond the standards as outlined in the Ontario Building Code. However, we are developing Green Development Standards, which will be applied to the construction of all new residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings in Caledon. These standards are the Town’s opportunity to embed our climate change and environmental objectives into new development. As part of the Official Plan, Secondary Plan Policies, there is direction to include energy and emissions and climate change adaptation studies into all new development. This will be the opportunity for the Town to explore and embed alternative energy systems into new development beyond traditional greenhouse gas intensive approaches to heating homes. This action is also aligned with the objectives of the Resilient Caledon Plan.

    Lastly, the Town is currently working on a project in partnership with the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton to design a retrofit program for existing homes. This program design will also look at opportunities to include alternative low carbon heating sources such as heat pumps.

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    Here's a question - FIVE DAYS of Fireworks from Diwali - is this not HURTING the climate? It's absolutely ridiculous in this day and age that this is being considered to be approved. NO. It's wrong. It will detrimentally hurt the climate and hurt all wildlife, farm animals and PEOPLE!!! NO TO FIREWORKS!!

    DeborahH asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. While fireworks are not specifically an issue to be addressed by the Official Plan, more information on the Town’s proposed fireworks by-law is available here.

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    Without incentives agriculture faces a significant challenge adapting to fill the local food market. Reliable labour is extremely difficult to access without going to offshore sources. What can Caledon do to address this challenge? Due to extremely tight margins in agriculture providing wages that allow labour to "live where it works" is a major obstacle. How will Caledon plan to provide relief in this area? David Lyons

    David James Lyons asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for engaging with us through our new platform.  As part of our Official Plan review we will be consulting with provincial agencies (i.e Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, Peel Federation of Agriculture, etc.,) to look at opportunities for incentives that will help support the farm community in this regard.  In addition, we are looking at opportunities to provide a variety of housing types with a focus on affordability and providing residents with the ability to reside and work in the community.


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    Climate change may adversely affect our ability to import food from California and elsewhere. Do we grow enough food locally to feed ourselves year round if need be??

    adrian.visentin asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.  The Town of Caledon has 20,820 hectares of prime agricultural land that supports a connected and integrated Provincial agricultural land base.  Although, climate change may adversely affect our ability to import food from California and elsewhere, the Town will take steps to promote sustainable agriculture and local food production.


Page last updated: 20 Apr 2022, 09:40 AM