Climate Action & Adaptation Plans

Public and stakeholders are invited to contribute to a new Saanich Climate Plan to: 

  • transition as a corporation and a community to 100% renewable energy by 2050,
  • achieve an 80% reduction in GHGs by 2050 (from 2007 levels), and
  • prepare for and adapt to a changing climate.

To learn more, read the Climate Plan Backgrounder [PDF - 3 MB] and sign up for email updates to learn how to be involved, or visit this webpage for updates about the release of the backgrounder series, events, surveys, and more.

How to Get Involved

  1. Read the Climate Plan Backgrounder Series [PDF - 3 MB]

    This Backgrounder Series will help with completing the survey.

  2. Come to an event
  3. Complete the survey
  4. Join the e-news list
  5. Learn about the One Planet Saanich Initiative (see the One Planet Saanich webpage for more information)
  6. View videos of our previous events

Current Climate Plans

2010 Climate Action Plan Highlights

The Climate Action Plan set targets and identified actions to reduce both community and municipal GHG emissions.

Actions Include:

  • Reduce municipal fleet fuel consumption.
  • Promote energy alternatives like solar hot water in buildings.
  • Implement a greener garbage collection program. 

Our 2020 GHG Reduction Targets:

  • 33% in the community.
  • 50% for municipal operations.

We will continue to undertake projects that move us towards these 2020 targets whilst the climate plan is updated throughout 2018.

2010 Climate Adaptation Plan Highlights

Adaptation refers to activities intended to reduce unavoidable climate change effects.

We face many climate change impacts:

  • Sea-level changes.
  • Severe storms and bigger precipitation events
  • Seasonal water scarcity
  • Health impacts
  • Ecological impacts.
  • Food security challenges.

This plan looks to identify all impacts and the actions we need to take to respond to a changing climate in our community. 

The following reports released by the Capital Regional District outline the most recent information regarding climate changes in our region:


Saanich publicly reports its progress to several stakeholders:

In 2013, Saanich was awarded top honours in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. The Municipality has reached five milestones for both corporate and community programs, making it the 8th municipality in Canada to achieve this status and the first on Vancouver Island.

See how Saanich is leading by example.