Climate Action

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Municipalities in BC have pledged to reduce their community-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

Households directly account for 40% of BC’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and Central Saanich is committed to working with residents to improve our homes and infrastructure.

All levels of government, industry and the public must work together to reduce emissions and respond to climate impacts.

Please check out Updates below and subscribe on the right of the page to receive updates straight to your inbox!

Also check out our website for how you can calculate and reduce your carbon footprint: https://www.centralsaanich.ca/climate-action.


Municipalities in BC have pledged to reduce their community-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

Households directly account for 40% of BC’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and Central Saanich is committed to working with residents to improve our homes and infrastructure.

All levels of government, industry and the public must work together to reduce emissions and respond to climate impacts.

Please check out Updates below and subscribe on the right of the page to receive updates straight to your inbox!

Also check out our website for how you can calculate and reduce your carbon footprint: https://www.centralsaanich.ca/climate-action.


  • Climate Action in the Community

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    Over the past few years, the District has ramped up our goals and initiatives related to climate action. We’re constantly making improvements, introducing policies, and implementing initiatives – and we want to make sure you get the opportunity to learn about them and the benefits they bring to our community.

    These snapshots cover a wide range of actions - buildings & infrastructure, transportation, materials & waste, lands & ecosystems, and climate adaptation - and highlight project benefits such as energy & fuel savings, GHG emissions reductions, active transport and transit, electric vehicles and e-bikes, recycling and composting, reducing printing & paper use, sustainable procurement, ecosystem rehabilitation & parks enhancements, tree planting… so many areas!




  • Considering a Heat Pump?

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    Join us for a FREE presentation to learn about the benefits of heat pumps, their benefits & available rebates!

    September 24 at 2 pm REGISTER NOW

    About this event. Heat pumps are the most efficient, and climate-friendly, heating and cooling system on the market today. Join friends and neighbours and learn what a heat pump is, the benefits of heat pumps, how to find a program registered contractor and what rebates, financing offers and supports are available to help you upgrade your heating system.

    Did you know? There are up to $12,400 in provincial (BetterHomesbc.ca) and federal rebates when installing a heat pump and upgrading from electric, natural gas, oil, propane, and wood to a heat pump. Also, the District is offering a municipal top-up rebate of $350 if you install an electric heat pump to replace your fossil fuel hot water heater.

    The event/seminar will be approximately 1 hour long with a short Q&A period following the presentation.

    This event is offered by the CleanBC Community Energy Coach Program

  • Fall 2022 Climate Action Update

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    Oil to Heat Pump Financing Program - Is your house heated by oil?

    You may be eligible for 0% interest financing to replace your oil heating with an electric heat pump.
    You can save money and improve home comfort! Our new program enables Central Saanich homeowners to fund up to $12,000 of the cost of getting off oil heating through an interest free loan repaid on property tax bills over 10 years. Plus, you can take advantage of other rebates available right now.
    Find out more: Oil to Heat Pump Program

    Heat Pump Workshop - September 24 at 2 pm

    Join for a FREE presentation to learn about the benefits of heat pumps, their benefits & available rebates!
    We will have a heat pump on-site so you can see one up close!

    REGISTER NOW

    Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Top-up

    Looking to switch from a fossil fuel water heater to an efficient electric heat pump water heater for your home? Central Saanich is providing a limited-time top-up rebate of $350. How to apply: Please visit the CleanBC website for more information: BetterHomesbc.ca

    Bring it Home for the Climate

    Getting started to improve your home’s comfort can be a daunting task for residents. The CRD Bring It Home 4 the Climate program can help. Visit bringithome4climate.ca to learn more, and register to get access to:

    • Free Virtual Home Energy Check-Up
    • Free Educational Workshops and Special Offers
    • Plus, along with all CRD residents, access to the Free CleanBC Energy Coach Service and online resources

    Check what provincial and federal energy rebates are available. There are bonus offers for two or more upgrades: BetterHomesbc.ca/rebates

    Income qualified energy-saving programs

    The CleanBC Income Qualified Program offers enhanced rebates to make energy-saving home upgrades more affordable based on your income. Enhanced rebates can cover 60-95% of home energy upgrade costs.

    For more information please visit: CleanBC Income Qualified Program

    BC Hydro offers select programs for lower income customers, such as free energy-saving kits or helping residents install energy-saving products throughout the home. To determine if you qualify, please visit: BC Hydro rebates

    Energy Coaches are available to call: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

    Would it help to have someone walk you through energy upgrades for your home or business or help navigate the energy rebates that are out there?
    Please call the free BC Energy Coach Service at: 1-844-881-9790.


  • Is your home heated by oil?

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    You may be eligible for 0% interest financing to replace your oil heating with an electric heat pump.

    You can save money and improve home comfort! Our new program enables Central Saanich homeowners to fund up to $12,000 of the cost of getting off oil heating through an interest-free loan repaid on property tax bills over 10 years. Plus, you can take advantage of other rebates available right now.

    Converting to an electric heat pump helps our community reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduces the risk of oil spills and introduces cooling power in the face of longer, hotter summers!

    Interested? Learn more here.

    For more information, read the FAQ or contact Central Saanich at climate@csaanich.ca or 250.652.4444

  • Winter Climate Action Update

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    We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Lukianchuk to the team! Jennifer has extensive experience in the Climate Action and Natural Environment profession, including being a registered professional Biologist, most recently with the City of New Westminster where she spent 14 years.

    District withdraws from CRD Climate Action Service

    At a time when climate action is absolutely critical, we need to ensure that every dollar invested is having meaningful impacts in our community. Therefore, the District has decided to stop contributing to the CRD’s Climate Action Service, which would have seen the 2022 contribution increase from $21,000 to approximately $64,000. “Although we are a small municipality, Central Saanich has been a leader in taking climate action, and we want to get the best return on our investment in this work with highly tangible results,” said Mayor Ryan Windsor.

    Staff report to examine options for increasing public chargers

    Council has asked staff to examine options for the District to incentivize existing commercial centres to install electric vehicle charging stations. Staff will be returning to Council with a report outlining options in the New Year. This work complements the District’s E-vehicle and e-bike strategy.

    Is your house heated by oil?

    You may be eligible for a 0% interest financing to replace it with an electric heat pump.

    You can save money and improve home comfort! Our new program enables Central Saanich homeowners to fund the up-front cost of getting off oil heating through an interest free loan repaid on property tax bills over 10 years. Plus, you can take advantage of the rebates available right now.

    Converting to a heat pump reduces the risk of oil spills and introduces cooling power in the face of longer, hotter summers!

    The program is one of the first in the province. For more information contact Central Saanich at planning@csaanich.ca or 250.652.4444 or see CSaanich.ca/Climate

  • Tree Appreciation Day 2021

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    Orchard rejuvenated with fruit trees and native plants

    Thanks to all of the community members who came out to Tree Day! We planted 12 fruit trees, 4 malus trees and a variety of native plants at Centennial Park.

    A special thank you to Earl Claxton Jr, the Central Saanich Lions, and Tree Canada.


    Central Saanich residents are invited to learn about local plants and get their hands dirty at this year’s Tree Appreciation Day on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

    The all-ages event begins at 10 a.m. and includes:

    • native plant education from elder Earl Claxton Jr. of the Tsawout First Nation
    • tree planting demo by Central Saanich Parks staff
    • community planting of native shrubs and edible fruit trees in the Centennial Park orchard
    • community planting of trees along the Edith Cooke diamond in Centennial Park

    The event will be held in the orchard area of Centennial Park near the lawn bowling club and batting cage.

    “Each year Tree Appreciation Day provides skills and awareness to the community, and this year’s event will touch on two important topics,” said Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor. “I’m happy that we will have a local indigenous elder to share his knowledge with us about native plants, and adding more fruit trees to the orchard area is a wonderful way to demonstrate local food production on a public site.”

    Central Saanich Council’s 2021-2022 Strategic Plan emphasizes investing climate action and a healthy natural environment. The District also heard during a recent survey that food security is a top concern of residents.

    • What: Tree Appreciation Day
    • Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021
    • Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Location: Centennial Park (Hovey Road and Wallace Drive in Saanichton). Please meet near the lawn bowling club.
    • Note: Please bring gardening gloves.

    Did you know?

    • One large tree can provide a day’s oxygen for up to four people.
    • Trees capture carbon and become carbon ‘sinks’ which reduce the Greenhouse Effect. (You need about 500 full-sized trees to absorb the carbon dioxide produced by a typical car driven 20,000 km/year.)
    • Trees provide shelter for wildlife.
    • Trees intercept rainfall and reduce run-off, thereby functioning like retention/detention basins.
    • Trees have a psychological impact of trees on people’s moods, emotions and enjoyment of their surroundings
  • See the presentations on Heat Pumps and Electric Vehicle 101

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    Did you miss the recent presentations for Heat Pump Benefits and Rebates? How about EV 101?

    Watch the video presentation of Heat Pump Benefits Presentation - presented by BetterHomesBC.
    View the Electric Vehicle 101 Slideshow - presented by Emotive

    These events were offered by the CleanBC Community Energy Coach Program.

  • Electric Vehicles 101

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    Thursday, September 16 at 7 p.m. ONLINE


    Approximately 65% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Central Saanich result from driving personal and commercial vehicles that use fossil fuels (gasoline, diesel, natural gas, propane).

    This presentation by Emotive covers the basics of driving and shopping for electric vehicles, including the EV driving experience, types of EVs and chargers, myths and concerns.

    The presentation will be delivered by Michael Stanyer from the provincial Emotive program, who has driven a variety of electric cars all over BC.

    REGISTER ONLINE: https://csaanich-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pfu2srzspH9CASvHekOA4NtlE83CiJFtB

    Can’t make it? The sessions will be posted on our website later this fall.



  • Considering a Heat Pump?

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    Join Saanich Peninsula Communities for an hour-long event to learn about the benefits of heat pumps, their benefits & available rebates at a free presentation!


    Online on September 29 at 7 pm REGISTER NOW

    In-person on Oct. 3 at 2 pm REGISTER NOW

    About this event. Heat pumps are the most efficient, and climate-friendly, heating and cooling system on the market today. Join friends and neighbours and learn what a heat pump is, the benefits of heat pumps, how to find a program registered contractor and what rebates, financing offers and supports are available to help you upgrade your heating system.

    Did you know? There are up to $3,000 in rebates from the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program when installing a heat pump. There are rebates available for upgrading from electric, natural gas, oil, propane, and wood to a heat pump.

    The event/seminar will be approximately 1 hour long with a short Q&A period following the presentation. To attend, you must register. You will receive an automatic confirmation email upon registration and a reminder one day prior.

    Space is limited so make sure to register early!

    This event is offered by the CleanBC Community Energy Coach Program





  • What does resilient, equitable, and low-carbon travel look like on Vancouver Island in the future?

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    What does resilient, equitable and low-carbon travel look like on Vancouver Island in the future? And how do we get there?

    The District’s Climate Action & Natural Environment Coordinator joined folks from around BC in a two-day E-Mobility Visioning workshop hosted by the Community Energy Association to answer those questions! The lively discussions inspired us to envision a total shift to low-carbon active & electric transport and challenged us to define key project concepts for our respective regions to get there.

    Why focus on travel & transportation?

    Transportation accounts for 37% of all greenhouse gas emissions in BC. It’s the largest-emitting sector and the fastest growing. Passenger transport from our own vehicles and heavy-duty truck & rail freight make up the majority of these emissions, including here in Central Saanich. It’s clear that reaching our District targets of carbon neutrality and 100% renewable energy by 2050 means significant changes to the way we move ourselves and our stuff. Due to the fact that 95% of BC’s electricity is generated from renewable energy (mostly hydropower), electrification of passenger and freight transport is a practical, efficient, and cost-effective component of our shift to zero-emission transportation systems. Happily, BC has the highest EV sales per capita of any jurisdiction in North America, and the federal government’s announcement at end of June that 100% of passenger car & trucks sales must be zero-emission by 2035 will only increase the pace of adoption.

    What can we take away from the E-Mobility Visioning Workshop for Vancouver Island?

    Those of us from Vancouver Island had the chance to develop key themes for our e-mobility future. Together, we identified connected communities with integrated transportation, broad electrification, and a focus on renewable energy as central to our pathway and were tasked with writing headlines from 2040 that celebrated these visions. Some of our favourites were “10-Year Celebration for Island’s Electric Train, with final station unveiled in Port Hardy” and “Last gas station converted to an electric mobility hub”. Taking into account reductions in air & noise pollution, how about: “Due to shift to electric transportation, Vancouver Island biodiversity is regenerating”. Using these themes as guideposts, we went on to identify ambitious yet realistic projects advance the vision:

    1. Full built-out EV and e-bike charging infrastructure network: A key step to advance e-mobility is inspiring confidence & peace of mind through supportive infrastructure. This includes multi-modal hubs & connections, accessible public charging, and innovative new ideas like e-bike rentals at campgrounds or tourist destinations.
    2. Zero-emission vehicle delivery zones: Use of smaller EVs & electric cargo bikes to deliver goods to city centers, helping prioritize pedestrians, active transport & local business in urban cores.
    3. Regional e-bike and recreational sea-side tourism route: Wouldn’t this be a great way to enjoy the coast of the Peninsula and southern island? No parking stress, less air & noise pollution in our shoreline communities and ecosystems, and fewer cars on the roads for short trips.

    Related to #1 above, the CRD recently presented their Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Roadmap to the Board (p. 47 – 96). The roadmap indicates that 770 new public Level 2 charging ports and 132 new DCFC ports will be required by 2030 to accelerate adoption and support EV user needs. The District’s Climate Action & Natural Environment Coordinator participated in the related workshops.

    What is the District doing to support & advance e-mobility?

    Here in Central Saanich, we’ve taken solid steps to build a strategic foundation for our e-mobility future. Our Climate Leadership Plan targets 100% conversion to zero-emission vehicles by 2050 (and an interim target of 25% by 2030!), and we have dedicated one of the five priority action areas in the plan to Transportation and Land Use to help us get there. In Fall 2020, we adopted our first District-wide EV & E-Bike Strategy, which emphasizes sustainable transportation & electrified transit and includes over 30 actions related to public & private charging networks, EVs in our community and District fleet, education, and advocacy. Our Plan also aims for 50% of all trips made by active transport by 2050 and, just this month, our Active Transportation Plan was adopted by Council after almost two years of public and stakeholder consultations!

    And we’re already well on our way in implementing these plans! Just a few weeks after adopting the EV & E-Bike Strategy, we completed a key action by implementing EV & e-bike ready requirements for all new construction in the District. This will help ensure that residents can charge at home & employees and customers have access to charging while at work or shopping. In June 2021, we broke ground on the new Saanichton Village Bike n’ Ride, a community project led by the Saanichton Village Association with generous support from local businesses, residents, and the District. The sheltered Bike n’ Ride will feature bike racks, an e-bike charging port, a bike repair station, seating & solar lighting, and is set to be completed by August. The District already manages several public charging stations – including at the Cultural Centre and Municipal Hall – with plans to install more over the next year. This is to keep pace with the growing number of EVs in the region, with data from ICBC showing that 2% of all vehicles registered in the District in 2020 were EVs and a further 2% were hybrid vehicles. In our own fleet, we have acquired a half dozen EVs and an e-bike for use by our Public Works team for water metering.

    What resources & rebates are available for e-bikes and EVs?

    If you’re considering purchasing an EV or e-bike, take advantage of the many rebates available! In April 2021, after years of community and municipal advocacy, the province announced that e-bikes are now exempt from PST. This will likely save you hundreds of dollars on your purchase! E-bikes are a great way to tackle longer commutes, travel in rural areas, and leave the car at home for quick grocery trips and local chores. If you’re ready to scrap a vehicle, you can receive a rebate of $1,050 towards the purchase of an e-bike through the Scrap-It program. Lastly, the province’s program providing $1,700 for businesses purchasing a cargo e-bike is still on! Learn more about the Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI), which also provides rebates on electric motorcycles, utility trucks, buses and more.

    The CleanBC Go Electric rebates helps to make EVs more affordable, providing $3,000 for the purchase or lease of a new battery electric, long-range plug-in hybrid electric, or hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and $1,500 for a shorter-range plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. When you stack on the rebates from the federal iZEV program, you could see a total rebate of up to $8,000! There are also rebates available to help with installing a Level 2 charging station in a single-family home (up to $350) or in your condo or apartment (up to $2,000). For the latter, PlugIn BC’s EV Charging Station Advisors are here to help with five free hours of advice for employers, residents of multi-unit residential buildings and strata councils.

    Check out the series of EV factsheets & videos created by the CRD, City of Victoria and District of Saanich through their EV awareness campaign. And of course, PlugShare can help you find the closest EV charging station when you’re out and about! Available online and as a free app for iSO and Android.

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