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February 3, 2010
Toronto named top sustainable city in Canada
The City of Toronto is the most sustainable large city in Canada, according to Corporate Knights Magazine, which released its 2010 Most Sustainable Cities Ranking today.

Toronto edged out last year’s winner, Edmonton, for its commitment to sustainability in both policy and practice, more specifically for integrating sustainability principles into the decision making process.

To create the ranking, Corporate Knights assessed cities using over 60 indicators in five categories: Ecological Integrity, Economic Security, Governance and Empowerment, Infrastructure and Built Environment, and Social Well-Being.

“We are thrilled to have received this honour,” says Toronto Mayor David Miller. “As Canada’s most populous city, it is our responsibility to take action on climate change and to create programs that build a healthy, vibrant city for generations to come.”

According to the ranking, Toronto received top marks for its aggressive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The City of Toronto’s own corporate emissions are currently 40 per cent below 1990 levels. The City plans to further reduce emissions to 80 per cent by 2050, both for City operations and across Toronto.

“At a time when Federal leadership on sustainability is at an all time low, Toronto has stepped up to the plate,” says Hilary Best, Researcher, Corporate Knights Magazine. “Mayor Miller’s exemplary leadership of the C40 Cities has strengthened the urban resolve to make a difference in spite of these challenges. Cities are ground zero for the sustainability transition and Toronto is leading the way.”

Toronto also ranked high on the accessibility of its transit system, its comprehensive recycling and composting programs, its commitment to building green and strong public outreach programs, such as Live Green Toronto, as well as its large number of free public arts events and festivals.

Vancouver, B.C. received top honour for medium cities, while Yellowknife, N.W.T. was named top small city.

The full results of the ranking can be found online at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Lyne Kyle, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-397-1410,



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