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.


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.


  • Coming Soon! EV and E-bike Strategy

    2 days ago
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    Staff are developing an EV and E-Bike Strategy for the District of Central Saanich. The strategy will lay out an action plan to meet the District’s target of seeing 4,800 electric vehicles (EVs) in Central Saanich within the next 10 years. A committee of well-informed community members and external stakeholders from the EV industry will provide recommendations on the draft EV and E-bike Strategy before it is presented to Council and the community later this year. The strategy will map out a path for Central Saanich to reach its recently adopted new climate action targets, which includes a 45% reduction...

    Staff are developing an EV and E-Bike Strategy for the District of Central Saanich. The strategy will lay out an action plan to meet the District’s target of seeing 4,800 electric vehicles (EVs) in Central Saanich within the next 10 years. A committee of well-informed community members and external stakeholders from the EV industry will provide recommendations on the draft EV and E-bike Strategy before it is presented to Council and the community later this year. The strategy will map out a path for Central Saanich to reach its recently adopted new climate action targets, which includes a 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (compared to 2007); these targets are consistent with the recommendations of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

    The work will look at building requirements for charging and public charging infrastructure.

    Currently, all development applications that are approved by Council are required to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure.


  • Local Students Take Climate Action Challenge

    21 days ago
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    The District of Central Saanich congratulates the 118 local students who recently completed the Cool It! Climate Leadership Training Program. The students committed to many energy saving actions over the program’s four-week period, and their actions at home result in a projected annual savings of 32 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

    The Cool it! challenge was offered to grade 4-7 classes in Central Saanich this fall to help educate, inspire and create eco-friendly habits. It was sponsored by the District of Central Saanich and delivered by the BC Sustainable Energy Association. Five classes took part, and the 118 students (and...

    The District of Central Saanich congratulates the 118 local students who recently completed the Cool It! Climate Leadership Training Program. The students committed to many energy saving actions over the program’s four-week period, and their actions at home result in a projected annual savings of 32 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

    The Cool it! challenge was offered to grade 4-7 classes in Central Saanich this fall to help educate, inspire and create eco-friendly habits. It was sponsored by the District of Central Saanich and delivered by the BC Sustainable Energy Association. Five classes took part, and the 118 students (and their families) were encouraged to take action in every area in their life, from their food choices, to their transport, home heating behaviours, consumption and waste.

    A few energy-saving and eco-friendly ideas from Cool It! students

    • “I helped organize a battery, styrofoam and metal recycling program.”
    • “Use containers for snacks instead of wrappers and plastic bags.”
    • “Have a digital device-free day.”
    • “Do not use plastic when shopping for food, clothes or any packaged items. Bring your own containers and reusable bags when shopping.”
    • “Join the shoreline cleanup and clean up the beach.”
    • “Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.”
    • “I think people should get electric cars because they produce less CO2”

    Cool it! brings Environmental Educators into classrooms to deliver a fun-filled, thought provoking and empowering program that engages students on climate change and energy conservation. During the workshops, the students are engaged with discussions and activities. After discussing their understanding, concerns and current actions on climate change and brainstorming ways to reduce their own impact, the students work at home on the Climate Leadership Challenge contest and work at home with their families to reduce their household greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

    The District plans to offer the program to more Central Saanich classes this year as part of its climate action work.

    Congratulations Ms. White’s class!

    Central Saanich congratulates Ms. Whites grade 7 class at Bayside Middle School for winning the British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association’s Cool It! Challenge. Through their participation in the contest, the class projected to reduce an estimated 14.593 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. The class chose to have a seed planting party to celebrate their hard work. Top achieving students were also awarded with environmental books. Mayor Ryan Windsor and Councillor Gordon Newton joined School District 63 leadership to congratulate Ms. White's class!


  • Climate Speaker Series on Home Rebates - January 25

    about 1 month ago
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    Join us for a free presentation to get information on local rebates and ways to reduce the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in new and existing homes.

    Saturday, January 25, 2:00 - 3:00pm
    Cultural Centre (Library), 1209 Clarke Rd


    Join us for a free presentation to get information on local rebates and ways to reduce the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in new and existing homes.

    Saturday, January 25, 2:00 - 3:00pm
    Cultural Centre (Library), 1209 Clarke Rd


  • Central Saanich Adopts Accelerated Climate Targets

    2 months ago

    Our community is working hard to tackle climate change, and we are stepping up our efforts in light of the climate emergency. On December 16th, Council approved ambitious and accelerated community climate targets that align with the UN’s recommendation to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C.

    These targets provide us an opportunity to help lead the transition away from fossil fuels by shifting to renewable energy and adopting other low carbon solutions. It will be a challenge, but by accelerating climate action, we can tap into new opportunities to enhance and preserve the quality of life in Central...

    Our community is working hard to tackle climate change, and we are stepping up our efforts in light of the climate emergency. On December 16th, Council approved ambitious and accelerated community climate targets that align with the UN’s recommendation to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C.

    These targets provide us an opportunity to help lead the transition away from fossil fuels by shifting to renewable energy and adopting other low carbon solutions. It will be a challenge, but by accelerating climate action, we can tap into new opportunities to enhance and preserve the quality of life in Central Saanich.

    Our accelerated climate targets:

    • reduce community emissions by 45% by 2030, and
    • become a carbon neutral community by 2050;
    A staff report on this topic is available online here and more information is provided on our website here: https://www.centralsaanich.ca/climate-action/our-targets
  • Climate Action Update - Winter 2019

    2 months ago
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    Progress continues on a number of fronts to tackle reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Central Saanich.

    Rebates for electric vehicle charger
    If you are installing a charger at your home, condo, apartment or business, you can apply for a rebate of 50% of your cost to purchase and install. Once preapproved, all work must be completed, and applications submitted within 90 days after the installation of the charging station, or by March 31, 2020, whichever comes first. See LetsTalkCentralCaanich.ca/Climate for more information.

    Central Saanich Climate Emergency Response
    Since declaring a climate emergency in July 2019, the District...

    Progress continues on a number of fronts to tackle reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Central Saanich.

    Rebates for electric vehicle charger
    If you are installing a charger at your home, condo, apartment or business, you can apply for a rebate of 50% of your cost to purchase and install. Once preapproved, all work must be completed, and applications submitted within 90 days after the installation of the charging station, or by March 31, 2020, whichever comes first. See LetsTalkCentralCaanich.ca/Climate for more information.

    Central Saanich Climate Emergency Response
    Since declaring a climate emergency in July 2019, the District has been working hard to identify areas of the 2018 Central Saanich Climate Leadership Plan that can be accelerated. A staff report on this topic will be going to Council on December 16, and is available online here.

    Central Saanich increases incentives for heat pumps!
    As of January 2020, Central Saanich is offering an additional $350 rebate for Central Saanich residents who switch from a fossil fuel-powered (oil, natural gas, or propane) heating system to an electric air-source heat pump. That brings the total rebates available to Central Saanich residents to up to $3,700! Incentives will be approved on a first come first serve basis, while quantities last. Learn more about rebates for home efficiency at CSaanich.ca/HomeRebates.

    Free presentation: Energy Efficient Homes
    Saturday, January 25, 2pm-3pm, Cultural Centre, 1209 Clarke Rd
    Curious about the rebates available for home upgrades? Did you know that BC residents have access to free business and home energy coaching services? Learn about energy efficiency upgrades and rebates that could reduce your carbon footprint, and home heating bills! No registration required.

    Local Students Get Climate Leadership Training
    This fall, five elementary and middle school classes in Central Saanich took part in the Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program, an interactive environmental workshop where students’knowledge of climate change is built on using games, quizzes, and discussion. Students then take home a four-week challenge to encourage their families to make easy but important changes to reduce their carbon footprint.

    Council Supports Saanichton Village Association Green Initiative
    Council has approved construction of a Bike and Ride facility on municipal property at 1945 Mt Newton Cross Road, east of the Fresh Cup Roastery Café parking lot. It will include benches, bike shelters, bike parking spaces, secure lockers, a repair station, e-bike charging and more. This project is thanks to the efforts of the Saanichton Village Association, and we are proud to be making a contribution towards their fundraising goal—the association still needs to raise $28,000; please contact them through their website if you’re able to help.

    Cutting down on transportation emissions!
    The Active Transportation Plan process is underway and the next two months are a critical time to provide your input! We are looking to stakeholders and the community to help identify priorities such as routes to schools and recreational facilities, connections between trails and on-street facilities, traffic safety, and building upon existing cycling facilities.

    Join us to share your experiences and aspirations for getting around Central Saanich actively and safely, ask questions of the project team, view area maps and more.

    Don't miss the open house
    Saturday, February 8, 11am–2pm Cultural Centre, 1209 Clarke Rd

    Visit an Active Transportation Plan booth in the community
    Can’t attend the open house? Stop by a pop-up to talk with the project team, view maps and share your experiences.
    • Wednesday, February 12, 11:30am–1:30pm Keating Mall, Corner of Keating & Veyaness
    • Tuesday, February 18, 11:30am–1:30pm Saanichton Thrifty Foods, 7860 Wallace Drive
    • Sunday, February 23, 12–3pm Panorama Recreation Centre
    Visit LetsTalkCentralSaanich.ca/ActiveTransportation
    View updates and background material. Subscribe for email updates on the project.
    January 15–February 29 Take the 10-minute ATP survey
  • New rebate program launched for EV chargers

    4 months ago
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    1. ZapBC Free Level 2 Charger Program. Purchase the specific ChargePoint Home Flex charger offered from London Drugs and ZapBC provides a rebate ($999.99 value).
    2. The province's EV Charger Rebate Program. Rebates are available to support individuals, organizations, buildings, and companies.

    For more information on electric vehicles see: Plug-In BC and find support for first-time EV owners, and find charging stations.

    1. ZapBC Free Level 2 Charger Program. Purchase the specific ChargePoint Home Flex charger offered from London Drugs and ZapBC provides a rebate ($999.99 value).
    2. The province's EV Charger Rebate Program. Rebates are available to support individuals, organizations, buildings, and companies.

    For more information on electric vehicles see: Plug-In BC and find support for first-time EV owners, and find charging stations.

  • See the Presentations for Efficient Homes and E-Vehicle Rebates!

    4 months ago
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    Did you miss the presentations for Energy Efficient Homes and Rebates or Go Electric: E-electric Vehicles and E-bikes?

    You can view the presentations here:

    Energy Efficient Homes and Rebates - Presented by CityGreen

    Go Electric: E-electric Vehicles and E-bikes



    Did you miss the presentations for Energy Efficient Homes and Rebates or Go Electric: E-electric Vehicles and E-bikes?

    You can view the presentations here:

    Energy Efficient Homes and Rebates - Presented by CityGreen

    Go Electric: E-electric Vehicles and E-bikes



  • Register for the Free Climate Speaker Series!

    6 months ago
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    Central Saanich is excited to partner with local experts and businesses to host a series of climate presentations. Join us to learn how to save money and shrink your carbon footprint.

    Climate Friendly Homes and Rebates
    Saturday, September 21, 2-3:30 p.m. Central Saanich Firehall #1, 1512 Keating Cross Rd

    Did you know that in Central Saanich the energy consumption of buildings is our second largest contributor of greenhouse gases? We are working to reduce emissions in our community, and this includes encouraging energy efficient retrofits in existing buildings. Learn about retrofitting your home or business and the rebates available. Join...

    Central Saanich is excited to partner with local experts and businesses to host a series of climate presentations. Join us to learn how to save money and shrink your carbon footprint.

    Climate Friendly Homes and Rebates
    Saturday, September 21, 2-3:30 p.m. Central Saanich Firehall #1, 1512 Keating Cross Rd

    Did you know that in Central Saanich the energy consumption of buildings is our second largest contributor of greenhouse gases? We are working to reduce emissions in our community, and this includes encouraging energy efficient retrofits in existing buildings. Learn about retrofitting your home or business and the rebates available. Join CityGreen Solutions and solar experts, HES PV.

    Bonus! Get a tour of our solar powered Fire Station.

    Go Electric: E-vehicles and E-bikes

    Saturday, October 5, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Central Saanich Cultural Centre, 1209 Clarke Rd

    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. Learn more about electric cars and e-bikes in an informative session. We’ll also go over available rebates and discuss how and where to charge (including at the library.

    Bonus! We will also have various EVs and e-bikes to check out!

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

  • Fire Station #1 Harnesses the Sun's Power

    6 months ago

    With the addition of 360 solar panels, Central Saanich’s Fire Station 1 is a shining example of cost-effective renewable energy.

    On a sunny day, the electricity captured is more than double what the station needs for power, making it not only energy-neutral, but putting power back into the community's energy grid and powering nearby buildings.

    By harnessing the sun’s free energy, annually, the Fire Station will generate up to 80 per cent of its energy consumption, which is the equivalent to powering about 12 residential homes (138 kilowatts). The Station demands significant energy because of its size and...

    With the addition of 360 solar panels, Central Saanich’s Fire Station 1 is a shining example of cost-effective renewable energy.

    On a sunny day, the electricity captured is more than double what the station needs for power, making it not only energy-neutral, but putting power back into the community's energy grid and powering nearby buildings.

    By harnessing the sun’s free energy, annually, the Fire Station will generate up to 80 per cent of its energy consumption, which is the equivalent to powering about 12 residential homes (138 kilowatts). The Station demands significant energy because of its size and supported safety equipment. It is built to LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design) Silver standard and includes geothermal heating. The municipality hopes to achieve energy neutrality through new energy conservation measures.

    The project was funded from the District’s Climate Leadership Reserve Fund, which will recoup the investment through savings from reduced hydro costs without any impact on property taxes. The PV system is expected to completely recover the installed cost in 11 years. Net earnings are estimated to be over $500,000 after 25 years. If the panels reach full life, they will return over $1 million dollars in savings.

    “These highly visible panels demonstrate what’s possible as we move toward a target of 100-per-cent renewable energy community-wide by 2050,” said Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor. “Solar is able to provide energy with minimal environmental impact compared to other sources. While it requires an investment upfront, the costs of solar panels is projected to decrease considerably and it is going to be a critical source of energy in the future.”

    The District of Central Saanich is committed to reducing contribution to climate change, and the Fire Hall can offset up to 102 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. Learn more about the Climate Action in Central Saanich.

    The community will be able to learn more about solar power and home energy retrofits through upcoming District events.


  • Charging up!

    6 months ago
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    We have a number of actions in motion to reduce fuel usage, including right-sizing our corporate fleet and purchasing electric vehicles, and today we piloted an electric bike for the Public Works crew to use when they're reading water meters around the District! We also piloting electric off-road vehicles and equipment.

    We have a number of actions in motion to reduce fuel usage, including right-sizing our corporate fleet and purchasing electric vehicles, and today we piloted an electric bike for the Public Works crew to use when they're reading water meters around the District! We also piloting electric off-road vehicles and equipment.