Climate Action Update - Winter 2019

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 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

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
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January 15–February 29 Take the 10-minute ATP survey
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