Halton is adapting to a changing climate

Halton Region and communities across the country are experiencing more severe weather and environmental impacts, in large part due to climate change. Halton Region is committed to ensuring we are all ready to adapt to new weather patterns and are all doing our part to reduce the region’s carbon footprint and mitigate the impacts of a changing climate.

Halton Region has specific corporate goals and actions to reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to a sustainable and liveable region for all. We ensure all corporate operations – from our facilities and fleet of vehicles to our Green Procurement Policy – aim to reduce energy consumption.

We are committed to making it easy for residents to reduce their carbon footprint and adapt to a changing climate. Here are some examples:

  • A good example of this is our commitment to implementing the Active Transportation Master Plan, the Smart Commute program and important partnerships with Metrolinx and Local Municipalities. These plans and partnerships don’t just plan for and provide alternative forms of transportation to keep our roads moving, but they also contribute to limiting air pollution in our community.
  • Halton works closely with the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change to monitor the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), so we can provide the community with local and timely air quality updates so they can take necessary steps to protect themselves and others. To sign up for air quality alerts, visit halton.ca/airquality.
  • We are also helping residents to protect their homes and neighbourhoods from flooding. In recent years, Halton and communities across the country have seen heavier amounts and more frequent rainfall, resulting in basement flooding in some areas. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of Halton’s Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program which makes it easier and more affordable for residents to take the necessary steps, such as downspout disconnection, sump pump installation and other improvements to reduce the risk of basement flooding. To learn more about this program and other ways you can prepare for severe wet weather, visit halton.ca/basementflooding.

As our climate changes, we are ready to respond. Halton Region is committed to protecting the health and safety of all residents from the effects of a changing and often unpredictable climate. We will continue to make the necessary investments – in our infrastructure, health programs and resident support programs – to ensure Halton continues to be a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.