It is proven that temperatures in areas that have no vegetation are significantly higher than those in areas covered in vegetation, a phenomenon that has a drastic impact on air quality and health. Candiac has more than 17,000 trees on municipal rights of way, which provides lower heat levels than adjacent municipalities. Living here is that much cooler!
In fact, an urban forest can lower the ambient temperature by 6 degrees and lower air conditioning costs by up to 10%. It also has a positive impact on occurrences of stress-related diseases, occurrences of asthma, occurrences of skin cancer and occurrences of hypertension.
Candiac’s urban forest is made up largely of mature trees, which can absorb up to 150 kilos of CO2 per year.
Living here is that much cooler!
Sources: EcoTree and Green Blue Urbain
Every year, the City of Candiac administration attends international congresses to get inspiration from the most innovative cities about issues like the environment, urban planning, development and sustainable transportation. Whether it is Germany, France, Malaysia or Spain, the City of Candiac has been inspired by the principles and ideas that are presented during these visits. These ideas become ambitions and tangible objectives, like those that inspired Candiac’s Strategic Development Plan for 2018-2033, which was created using the guidelines for sustainable development established by the United Nations.
Through innovation and unprecedented practices, the municipality has positioned itself as a leader in this area. Whether it is the use of an ecological method to control the emerald ash borer, inspiring pilot projects such as the installation of urban agriculture and solar panels on the roofs of 140 new residences, systems for the bioretention of rainwater or snow removal of one-third of its bike paths, the city has taken major steps to ensure the well-being of future generations.
Here are some examples of the innovative and sustainable features of Square Candiac:
Here are some sustainable urbanization attributes of the TOD Station:
Candiac Becomes a Blue Community
In 2020, Candiac obtained a Blue Community certification. It is now committed to recognizing the human right to water and sanitation services, promoting public water management and gradually eliminating the sale of bottled water in its municipal buildings and during its events. Candiac is only the third Blue Community in Montérégie and the 26th in Québec.
A City Member of the Municipal Biodiversity Fund
The City of Candiac recently joined the Municipal Biodiversity Fund (Fonds MB), an initiative of the Société pour la nature et les parcs du Québec (SNAP Québec) and the Québec Wildlife Foundation. Candiac recognizes the important role it plays in the conservation, restoration and enhancement of natural environments on its territory. Through its membership, it is taking concrete action to fight against climate change and the loss of biodiversity. By joining the Fonds MB, each year for a period of 3 years Candiac is committed to paying the equivalent of $1 per household.
In 2018, Candiac was the first municipality in Montérégie and the fifth city in Québec to receive the Monarch-Friendly City certification from the David Suzuki Foundation. This recognition confirms Candiac’s commitment to preserving the habitat of monarch butterflies through concrete actions.
Candiac Adopts the Universal Declaration of Climate Emergency
Faced with the consequences of climate change and disruption on the planet, the City of Candiac adopted the Universal Declaration aimed at recognizing the climate emergency. Candiac is committed to implementing initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change. For example, Candiac plans to:
Sometimes you need to demolish to build something better. But can we think out of the box? Recycle instead of throw away? In Candiac, we wanted to do things differently. Destroying an abandoned factory to make way for an oasis island is an improvement. Recycling more than 90% of the materials from the demolition, even going as far as reusing them in the new project, now that’s smart!
The City of Candiac’s 6 strategic projects of its strategic plan for 2018-2033 are inspired by some of the 17 sustainable development objectives established by the UN Member States. These guidelines are a global call to action and responsibility to collectively transform our world and make the right choices to sustainably improve standards for future generations. Implementation at the local and municipal levels are essential to achieving the guidelines established by the United Nations. It is the duty of the City of Candiac and its residents to take part in this movement and take action. After all, we all live in a global village and every gesture counts.