Pickering Among the First Canadian Cities to Take Mayor’s Monarch Pledge

Posted on Wednesday July 06, 2016

On behalf of the City of Pickering, Mayor Dave Ryan has taken the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge to increase action and awareness to help the monarch butterfly.

The National Wildlife Federation’s Mayor’s Monarch Pledge encourages Mayors in Northern America to take at least three actions in one year to address issues that contribute to the loss of this species. Mayor Ryan is one of four Canadian Mayors who have pledged so far.

Municipalities that pledge to complete eight or more actions are recognized as part of the Mayors’ Monarch Leadership Circle, and Pickering’s goal of completing nine make it one of the first Canadian Cities to earn this distinction.

In the last 20 years, the monarch butterfly species has declined by 90 per cent, and as pollinators, they play an intrinsic role in the health of our environment and community.

“Over the past several years, Pickering has developed and implemented a number of initiatives to assist not only the monarch butterfly, but also other pollinators,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “By participating in the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, we want to help this species, while also encouraging other Canadian cities to do the same.”

To get involved or to learn more about Mayor Dave Ryan’s Monarch Pledge visit pickering.ca/sustainability.


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Media Contact:
Chantal Whitaker

Coordinator, Sustainability l City Development
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