Partnerships - Town of Ajax


External Programs

The Town of Ajax works with community partners to deliver programs to residents:

Yellow Fish Road

Yellow Fish Road is a nation-wide environmental education program designed and managed by Trout Unlimited Canada.  The Town of Ajax and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority have sponsored the Yellow Fish Road Program to schools in Ajax. The Yellow Fish Road program, offered to Grades 3 - 8, educates students and the public about the impacts of pollution entering urban storm drains.

Eco Business Advisory Committee

The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade is the voice of Business in Ajax and Pickering.  The Eco Business Advisory Committee is a group of qualified members who have expertise and knowledge on environmentally-related issues.  The mandate of the committee is to help members become more sustainable.

Partners for Climate Protection

The Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases and acting on climate change.  The PCP program is based on a five-milestone framework used to guide municipalities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Ajax joined the program in 2010.

Blue Community

The Blue Communities Project  is a joint initiative of the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). A Blue Community is one that seeks to protect the water commons and views all water systems as shared resources that should be kept clean, safe and accessible for all Canadians.

Internal Programs

The Town of Ajax also works with community partners to deliver programs to staff:

Smart Commute

Smart Commute helps local employers and commuters explore and promote different commuter choices, such as carpooling, teleworking, transit, cycling, walking or flexible work hours. The Town of Ajax encourages staff to utilize Smart Commute programming and has been a member of Smart Commute since 2011.

Switch the 'Stat

Switch the 'Stat is a thermostat replacement and collection program delivered in partnership with heating and cooling contractors/wholesalers across Canada. The goal of this program is to encourage the uptake of more energy efficient programmable thermostats and to provide a safe and responsible disposal option for older mercury-containing thermostats.  Ajax has been collecting older thermostats for the program since 2011.

Take Back the Light

Take Back the Light is the first comprehensive fluorescent lamp recycling program in Ontario. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and led by the Recycling Council of Ontario, the goal is to work with both sellers and buyers of fluorescent lamps to recover and recycle the 30 million fluorescent lamps disposed of yearly, generated from the industrial, commercial and institutional sector.  Although all Ajax facilities have been participating in this program for a number of years, we officially joined in 2012.

Target Recycling

Televisions, computers and other electronic items contain hazardous materials like lead, mercury and cadmium. These items do not belong in the landfill so several times a year staff are encouraged to bring their e-waste to work to be recycled at Target Recycling in Ajax.

Durham Strategic Energy Alliance

The DSEA is a non-profit organization comprised of business, government andeducational institutions working together for the advancement of energy initiatives.  As a founding member in 2005, Ajax is helping to address the energy challenges facing Ontario and Canada by being an activeparticipant in the global quest for clean, affordable and sustainable energy solutions.