Local governments who directly and indirectly influence more than 50 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, are taking climate leadership in communities across the country. Enhancing their ability to act is both necessary and a powerful opportunity for meeting Canada’s climate commitments.
Having asked the question ‘what federal, provincial and territorial initiatives would boost local government climate initiative,’ Columbia Institute released Top Asks for Climate Action: Ramping up Low Carbon Communities in June 2016. In this report, we laid out 18 federal policies and 24 provincial/territorial policies dedicated to ramping up low carbon communities.
A year later, this 2017 Top Asks report card looks at the federal policy positions and takes stock of where we’ve seen progress.