On October 24th, Ontarians will return to the polls to vote for their municipal leaders. The mayors and councilors elected will play a vital role ensuring a healthy, sustainable future for our communities.
Please keep nature, farmland and climate change top of mind when you cast your ballot. Here’s why:
Municipal governments can take action to address the climate emergency. Since 2019, dozens of communities across Ontario, from Kenora to Ottawa to Sarnia, have declared climate emergencies. Aiming to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change, they are developing plans to become net carbon neutral by 2050, for example, by promoting public transportation, walking and biking, investing in energy efficiency and electric retrofits, and generating local clean energy. Conserving near-urban nature is another cost-effective measure municipalities can take to enhance climate resilience and store carbon.
With the right people at the helm, we can move towards sustainable communities. Vote for leaders who are prepared to be responsible custodians of our long-term future.
What You Can Do
Be an informed voter. Find out more about your local candidates and, where applicable, their voting record on environmental matters. Local news outlets and your municipal website are good sources of information about your candidates.
Ask your candidates for mayor and council what they will do to protect nature, farmland and the climate through email, visiting campaign offices or when they come to your door.
Attend all-candidate debates and ask candidates for their stances on the five priorities above.
Share this blog with your friends and family.
If you’re not already on the voters list, register to vote. Your municipal website will have information on how to register.
Most importantly: VOTE on October 24th. You can also ask for information about whether your municipality is offering alternative voting methods such as vote by mail or internet voting.