Greener Collingwood

Energy Conservation & Demand Management Plan

The Town of Collingwood submitted the 5-year update to its Energy Conservation & Demand Management Plan to the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. This plan was approved by Council on June 10, 2019, as per RES 206-2019. This plan summarizes the Town's annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for its facilities. It also describes previous, current, and proposed measures for conserving and otherwise reducing the amount of energy consumed by operations, and for managing the Town's demand for energy. It includes a forecast of the expected results of current and proposed energy savings measures.

The Town of Collingwood has met the challenges of monitoring and reporting of its energy consumption, as required by Ontario Regulation 507/18, and is driven to improve the energy efficiency of our operations due to rising energy costs, energy security, and environmental concerns. 

The next update to the Energy Conservation & Demand Management Plan will be required by July 1, 2024.

Water Conservation: Irrigation Contractor Meeting

The Water and Parks Department staff met with Irrigation companies, property managers and Condo Corporations representatives in the Spring of 2019 to discuss water conservation efforts associated with their irrigation programs. Attendees were informed about the every other day watering restriction and Parks staff discuss the opportunities for watering less and how much watering was enough. They were made aware of our new metering systems that will collect data every day on their specific water use. Attendees were encouraged to consider the environmental and cost benefits of using less water.

Water Conservation: Water Pricing

In 2019 we will be reviewing our water and wastewater fees. Part of that exercise will be to look at ways to balance our fixed rate to our consumption portion of the bill such that we find the appropriate balance but at the same time look at ways to promote water conservation. An escalating consumption rate may be considered.

Anti-Idling Bylaw

The Town continues to enforce an Idling Control By-Law. This is a measure the Town has taken to reduce GHG emissions.

Stormwater Management

The ultimate goal of stormwater management (SWM) is to maintain the health of our streams, lakes, and aquatic life, as well as provide opportunities for human uses of water by mitigating the effects of urban development. Every new development must incorporate SWM into their design. The Town has assumed a number of these SWM facilities. These include quantity and quality SWM ponds, as well as in some applications, oil grit separators (stormceptor). These facilities are inspected and tested regularly. Most are inspected annually however in some cases they are inspected several times a year. A detailed inventory of all inspection, testing, and maintenance is kept on all of the Town owned facilities. It is imperative that the maintenance is kept up on these facilities as it is a requirement of the Ministry of Environment approval as well as it is good for the environment.

Salt Management

The Town of Collingwood has a salt management plan that is currently under review by staff and will be presented to Council sometime later in 2019. The current plan must be reviewed in conjunction with our level of service standards to ensure that we can effectively deliver our winter maintenance services and manage the use of road salt, as outlined in Environment Canada’s Code of Practice for the Environmental Management of Road Salts. Our current plan is very effective, however, we will be looking for opportunities for improvement.

Corporate Initiatives

The Town of Collingwood has recognized that many efforts toward environmental sustainability have been taken on by individual staff over the years. To leverage these efforts and encourage expansion of actions and understanding, a corporately internal “Greener Collingwood” group has been formed to implement consistent and beneficial practices across the corporation. Twenty two staff, representing all areas of the Town, are involved in selecting and actioning collaborative initiatives and setting an example for the community. In addition to corporately led initiatives, such as the transition of all printers to more energy efficient models, the reduction of paper use, and policies limiting the use of colour ink, the Greener Collingwood staff group will implement internal environmental actions. The initial list includes the following:

Single Use Plastics: The reduction or elimination of single use plastics in the work environment.
Recycling: The development of consistent recycling practices by staff across the organization with a focus on education to perfect sorting and increase beneficial collection.
Composting: The development of a composting plan, again focusing on sorting education and providing consistent facilities to ensure success.
Battery disposal: Working with Simcoe Solid Waste Management to develop a plan for the proper disposal of single use batteries and divert these from landfill. 

Town lowers energy consumption with hybrid vehicle replacements

Town of Collingwood to highlight and launch green corporate initiatives 


The Town of Collingwood is deploying four recently purchased plug-in hybrid vehicles as part of its efforts to lower energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas production.

The purchase was made possible through the town’s current fleet vehicle replacement policy. The policy requires analysis of life-cycle fuel cost for light vehicles and includes incentives for hybrids. It ensures that consideration is given to more fuel-efficient vehicles and encourages hybrid vehicles where possible.

The vehicles purchased are plug-in hybrids that have a range of approximately 40 km on one charge. They can be charged from a regular 120 volt receptacle or by Level 2 or Level 3 electrical vehicle charging stations. When required, the gasoline engine will operate to charge the battery, propel the vehicle, or both at the same time. They also utilize regenerative braking to capture the kinetic energy of the vehicle and further charge the battery.

The vehicles will be utilized in the Public Works, Water, By-Law, and Building Departments. It is anticipated that they will operate on the electrical motor for most of their service life as the daily mileage will rarely exceed the 40 km range.

The greening of the Town’s corporate fleet also includes two new electric ice resurfacing vehicles for rink maintenance and two bicycles for By-Law road patrols.

The Town of Collingwood is recognizing many internal corporate efforts toward environmental sustainability and is taking action on new Greener Collingwood corporate initiatives like recycling, composting, and reducing single use plastics.

“As the Town of Collingwood moves forward with green corporate initiatives, I encourage the businesses of the region to also look for ways to implement new green practices, and reduce energy consumption and waste,” said Mayor Brian Saunderson, “We all have a role to play in the environmental stewardship of our beautiful community.”

Stay tuned to www.collingwood.ca for announcements on Greener Collingwood initiatives.