About the Plan

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 Sustainability History
The City of Whitehorse is committed to maintaining a healthy environment and good quality of life for everyone over the long term - in other words, to becoming a sustainable community. All citizens have a role to play in moving towards our goals and targets, and the City has a special responsibility in helping us make choices towards sustainability.

Why plan?

Sustainability planning is about anticipating, encouraging, and using change and development to create environmental and social benefits.

Sustainability planning is an opportunity for the City to:
• Identify community and environmental values
• Engage the community in a conversation about sustainability
• Harmonize and integrate discrete City and community projects and initiatives
• Define a path for the future

Origin of the 2015 Sustainability Plan

Whitehorse has had an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) since 2007. The ICSP has been the City’s guide to infrastructure investment, required under the 2005-2015 Gas Tax Agreement and was prepared using a process and template provided by the Government of Yukon.

As a follow-up to the ICSP, the City developed a Strategic Sustainability Plan (SSP) in 2008, which engaged the community on values and issues beyond infrastructure. The SSP was later integrated into the Official Community Plan, and many specific actions were implemented.

This 2015 update is intended to reflect aspirations for the entire city and community, while providing the basis for future actions that can be realistically accomplished by the City. The plan will form a stronger basis for decision-making, operational improvements, and partnership-building.

More about the City of Whitehorse's sustainability journey


The City of Whitehorse is constantly planning, implementing, and improving. With each plan, whether a high level strategic plan such as this, or a theme-specific one, the City aims to capture both the practical knowledge and visionary ideas of employees and residents. Planning is a process not only of setting direction, but also of harmonizing and integrating existing plans and ongoing work into a future direction.

The major work of the plan consisted of the following:

  1. Plan review. Analysing existing City plans and publications for strengths and gaps. 
  2. Set preliminary goals and targets. This phase involved conversations with City staff, stakeholders, and the general public to verify the vision in the original plan and set preliminary goals and targets.
  3. Plan development. Preliminary goals were refined and assigned community targets based on municipal best practices and existing City targets.
  4. Action planning. This phase of work consisted of verifying the preliminary goals and targets, then identifying actions, partnerships and methods to help move towards meeting the targets and reaching those goals.

The public and stakeholders were asked to contribute to the plan during phase 2, and then again the plan was drafted. The engagement summary reports are available at www.whitehorse.ca/sustainabilityplan.

Read more about the Consultation History of the plan.