The Goal

The City of Thunder Bay will adopt a Community Energy and Emissions Plan, shaped by a community engagement process, by January 2021, clearly outlining the path to become a carbon-neutral city by 2050.

About the Project

In 2019, the City of Thunder Bay received funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities along with the Province of Ontario’s Municipal Energy Plan Program for the creation of a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP). 

Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) is the lead consultant on the development of the CEEP and is a workers co-operative focused on state of the art community energy planning, climate action planning, and climate change adaptation projects. SSG has engaged Arbora Management Services to assist in local engagement and workshop delivery for the CEEP process.

The first step of the project is to conduct a community-wide energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) inventory in order to understand the community’s current energy consumption. This inventory will be used to develop an action plan to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions, with the ultimate goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. The Plan will outline projected energy use in a business-as-usual and a low-carbon scenario. The low-carbon scenario will provide clear actions that the Corporation of the City of Thunder Bay and the community will need to take in order to meet our emission goals.

Meeting our goals will require support from City staff and officials, energy experts, local businesses, institutions, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and the community.

Public Engagement

The planning process kick-off was held on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Magnus Theatre, where EarthCare Thunder Bay hosted a film screening of the award-winning climate change documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch. This sold-out event drew residents from across the City to learn more about the creation of the CEEP. In addition to this, an initial survey was launched on the community’s Get Involved page. This survey was designed to help understand the concerns of the community and respond to them accordingly. The survey closed on February 21, and all data collected will be used to inform the direction of the plan.

Phase 2 of public engagement launched on Earth Day (April 22, 2020), and aims to involve the residents of Thunder Bay in the prioritization of low-carbon action selection criteria via online survey. The second survey was posted on the community’s Get Involved page and closed on May 31, 2020. We thank the community for their feedback as we work to set a path to achieve community-wide net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Learn More

If you would like to learn more about climate change, please visit the Thunder Bay Climate Change Connection. This website outlines climate basics, the impacts of climate change in the Northwest, how you can take action, and ways to talk about this tough issue with friends and family.

To learn more about low-carbon actions that could be implemented in Thunder Bay, check out some of the energy plans that have been created in other cities:

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