A Sustainability Planning Toolkit for Municipalities in Ontario prepared for AMO. June 4, 2008.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) has recently commissioned an Integrated Community Sustainability Planning (ICSP) Guide, which is provided on the accompanying CD.

The Guide provides practical assistance to Ontario’s municipalities as each considers measures to fulfill the spirit of the Federal Gas Tax (FGT) Agreement. Under the FGT Agreement, which is being renewed for another four years (to 2014), funds have been allocated to all of Canada’s municipalities for investment in infrastructure that achieves cleaner air, cleaner water and lower greenhouse gases (GHGs).

In return, municipalities are expected to show demonstrable progress towards sustainable community planning. This Guide provides a set of thirteen practical tools to enable any municipality to identify where it lies along a “sustainability continuum” and to choose the specific tools that are most appropriate to its unique circumstances, to realize tangible progress towards greater sustainability.