Canada’s climate is changing, impacting communities from coast to coast. In the decades to come, we can expect higher temperatures, variable rainfall, and extreme weather.

Over 400 municipalities, including the City of Cornwall, have joined Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) to help deliver action in response to climate change. Following Cornwall Council’s Climate Emergency declaration on December 13, 2021, the City is creating a Climate Action Plan (CAP) with consulting firm, Pinna Sustainability.

What is a CAP? A CAP is a strategy to help municipalities, provinces, and Canada set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency to climate change impacts.

The Government of Canada set out a national CAP to reduce emissions by 40 to 45% below 2005 levels by 2030. These efforts will build upon the long-term goal for Canada to become a net-zero country by 2050.

For more information on Canada’s national climate action plan, click here.  

The City of Cornwall’s CAP has four stages:

  1. Introduce the CAP with estimated baseline emissions for corporate and the community
  2. Establish targets to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions
  3. Develop a local action plan that includes a budget for 2022
  4. Monitor the City’s progress and report on results

How does a CAP help Cornwall stay on track? The CAP outlines how Cornwall will adapt the policies, operations, and services required to prepare for climate change.

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