NOTICE OF WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION: Residents living near the Community Safety Building (Eighth St to Sixth St near Oakville Ave and Orchard Ave) may experience a water service outage until approximately 1pm today as unscheduled watermain repair and maintenance is underway. If you have questions, please call the Town's Engineering Department at 250-656-4502. We apologize for the inconvenience.   

What You Can Do

The Town of Sidney is committed to climate action and environmental sustainability, but you can help make difference as we work towards becoming a more resilient and lower carbon community together.

Opportunities to take action on climate change or get involved in environmental initiatives will be shared here.

The 2022 Climate Action Plan contains a number of opportunities for community members to take action on climate change.

However, the relative impact of these actions will depend on your existing lifestyle.

  • Are you vegetarian, but drive a gas car every day?
  • Swapping to an e-bike (or e-trike!) might be a great opportunity for you.
  • Do you walk everywhere, but have a home powered by fossil fuels?
  • Switching to a heat pump could make a big difference to our community’s overall emissions. 
  • Want to learn about your biggest opportunities for reducing emissions?


Try out the Personal Greenhouse Gas Calculator  developed by the District of Saanich. Then, check out the What You Can Do Actions from the Town of Sidney Climate Action Plan for ideas on where to start.

Some examples include: 

Active Transportation Programming

The Town of Sidney has launched some new initiatives to help support residents riding their bikes. These include:

  • Bike skills courses hosted by Capital Bike instructors
    • E-bike skills courses (Mar 2, 3, 10)
    • Kids bike skills courses (Feb 25, Mar 9)
  • Bike repair station and toolkits at Sidney’s Vancouver Island Regional Library
  • Spring Go By Bike Week Celebration Station (Jun 3-9)
  • Prizes for participation in these activities and giving your feedback
    • Participate in a bike skills course and you could win one of two grand prize E-bikes!

Click here to learn more.

 

Invasive Species Pulls

The Town of Sidney works with the Greater Victoria Green Team (GVGT) every year to host various environmental stewardship events, such as invasive species pulls. In 2023, there were 3 invasive species pulling events including during the Tree Appreciation Day event. Information about 2024 programming to be announced.

For more information and to register online (registration is required), stay tuned for the GVGT event page launch, which will be posted here when available.

 

Tree Appreciation Day 2024

Information regarding the 2024 Tree Appreciation Day event will be posted here when available. Stay tuned!

  • Who: Anyone welcome!
  • Where: To be announced
  • When: Fall 2024 – date to be announced

For more information and to register online (registration is required), stay tuned for the GVGT event page launch, which will be posted here when available.

 

Host Your Own Stewardship Event

Do you have an idea to protect, rehabilitate, clean, or enhance the natural environment here in Sidney? Maybe you want to lead an invasive species pull, beach clean-up, or plant some trees? First, make sure to give our Stewardship Event Guide a read so you know how to get started.

Whether you already have a full plan developed for your initiative or are still in the brainstorming phase, we want to hear from you! The Town of Sidney has some resources that could help to support your initiative.

We would also love it if you would be willing to send us some pictures of your successful event so we can share your hard work with the community.

Any questions? Contact: climateaction@sidney.ca

Invasive Species Pull Events

In partnership with the Greater Victoria Green Team

  • November 6, 2021 – Roberts Bay Bird Sanctuary
  •  July 16, 2022 – Brethour Park
  •  September 10, 2022 – Peter Grant Park
  • June 3, 2022 – Peter Grant Park
  • September 9, 2023 – Peter Grant Park

 

Tree Appreciation Day Tree Planting

In partnership with the Greater Victoria Green Team

  • October 16, 2021 – Melville Park
  • September 24, 2022 – Peter Grant Park
  • September 23, 2023 – Peter Grant Park

 

Climate Action Plan Update Phases 1 & 2

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the Climate Action Plan Update engagement opportunities: 

  • Draft Climate Action Plan open comment period (March 28 – May 25, 2022) 
  • Draft Climate Action Plan pop-up open houses (April 16 & 22, 2022) 
  • The Climate Action Plan Survey (November 18 – December 17, 2021) 
  • The kick-off pop-up open house at the Sidney Market in October 2021
  • The Official Community Plan engagement process