Our Goals

On July 8, 2019, Central Saanich Council declared a climate emergency. The level of climate action needed requires a coordinated effort, we are commited to working with the community, partners, and other levels of government on our bold and necessary Climate Leadership Plan.  

Climate Action Work

Bold actions to reach our climate targets, learn more about the actions we're working on to achieve these targets

Low-Carbon Buildings and Homes

By 2030, 100% of oil and propane home heating is converted to heat pumps

What this means: Every year from 2020 to 2030, 30 oil or propane heaters are replaced with electric heat pumps and hot water systems (assumes an estimated 300 homes total)

   Actions being taken towards this goal:

By 2025, 100% of new buildings are net-zero ready (Step Code 5)

What this means: By 2025, the District will aim for all new buildings in Central Saanich to be built 80% more efficient than the current BC Building Code requires. Learn more at /stepcode

   Actions being taken towards this goal:

  • The District's building bylaw requires compliance with the lower steps of the Step Code, which for residential construction like new homes, would be Step 3. Council supports the review of the upper steps, and staff are engaging with construction industry stakeholders in 2022.

  • Rebates are available: For new construction that meets the targets of a higher step than required, Central Saanich Council has authorized building permit rebates. A mid-construction blower door test rebate is also available

  • See /stepcode for more information on Central Saanich Step Code adoption

By 2050, any remaining natural gas use is 100% renewable natural gas

What this means: When organic waste decomposes, it releases biogas into the atmosphere. That biogas can be captured from sources such as landfills and farms, and turned into renewable natural gas. By 2050, any remaining natural gas use will be renewable.

   Actions being taken towards this goal:

  • The District will continue to collaborate with the Capital Regional District, neighbouring municipalities, researchers, and local industry to support opportunities to generate and use renewable natural gas in the Capital Region.

Low-Carbon Transportation

By 2050, 50% of trips are made by active transportation

What this means: On average, by 2050, every resident takes four times more trips by active transportation (walking, cycling, transit) than they currently do, eliminating car trips for these outings

   Actions being taken towards this goal:

  • Central Saanich's Active Transportation Plan lays out a plan to develop new infrastructure and encourage walking, cycling, rolling, and transit integration. 

  • The District's policies and guidelines for residential infill and development supports community growth and densification that results in walkable, compact, and complete neighbourhoods in Central Saanich. 

  • In 2019, the District brought Modo car share to the community, providing an alternative, or addition, to private vehicle ownership. Central Saanich residents get $50 in free drive time upon signing up! Learn more at csaanich.ca/modo

By 2030, 25% of vehicles on the road are zero emissions, and by 2050, 100% are zero emissions​

What this means: By 2030, 4,800 electric vehicles are on the road in Central Saanich.

   Actions being taken towards this goal:

  • The Electric Vehicle and E-bike Strategy outlines methods to support accelerated electric vehicle adoptions in Central Saanich.

  • New buildings must be “EV-ready”

  • The District is installing more public chargers in the municipality

  • Businesses will have access to a Central Saanich grant program in 2022 to help fund EV chargers for their customer stalls

  • Free educational workshops are being hosted by the municipality for those wanting to learn more about electric vehicles and available rebates.

  • Learn more about provincial, federal, and other rebates on our Active & Electric Transportation page.

Reduce Solid Waste

Support regional diversion efforts

What this means: Here in the Capital Regional District, the average person produces 395 kg of garbage annually. The CRD would like to see us reduce to 250 kg per person to extend the life of the Hartland Landfill, which will be full by 2045 if we don't do something.​

   Actions being taken towards this goal:

  • Working with the CRD to achieve 100% organize waste diversion from residential and commercial sources.

Buildings & Development


Environmental Initiatives