The final Act is similar in substance to the draft we described
in our earlier post. A few changes have been made and they
The Minister of the Environment is
required to publish a Climate Change Action Plan by January 1,
The Act includes new measures for
transparency related to the distribution of free allowances,
including requirements that information be made available to the
public regarding the amount of free allowances distributed and to
whom (in some cases, aggregated information may be provided);
By January 1, 2021, the Minister must
publish an outline of a plan that describes how the distribution of
free allowances will be phased out; and
The Minister must make information
about the initiatives that are being funded from the Greenhouse Gas
Reduction Account available to the public annually.
The final cap and trade regulation, the draft of which is
detailed in our earlier
blog, should be released in the near future. Stay tuned.
Ontario's draft Climate Change Action Plan now under
In related climate change news, Ontario's draft Climate
Change Action Plan (CCAP) is now under review by Premier Kathleen
Wynne's cabinet and is expected to be released to the public in
June 2016. It has been reported that under the proposed CCAP, the
province will spend $7 billion from 2017 to 2021 on a series of
climate change initiatives ranging from building retrofits, to the
implementation of lower-carbon fuel standards and rebates for
electric vehicle purchases. The draft CCAP, which is part of
Ontario's broader Climate Change Strategy, contains
approximately 80 different policies that are grouped into 32
different actions; each action comes with its own price tag and an
estimate of associated emission reductions by 2020. A breakdown of
the spending is available here. It is anticipated that the majority of
programs will be funded by revenue from the cap-and-trade
As reported, highlights of CCAP are as follows:
$3.8 billion will be allocated to new
grants, rebates and other subsidies for the purposes of
retrofitting buildings and shifting them from natural gas to
geothermal, solar or other forms of electric heat. Many of these
programs will be administered by a new Green Bank, which will
provide financing for geothermal and solar projects.
New building code rules will require
all homes and small buildings built in 2030 or later to be heated
without using fossil fuels; this requirement will be expanded to
all buildings before 2050. Under new building code changes, energy
efficiency measures will be required for major renovations and all
homes will also have to undergo an energy efficiency audit before
they are sold.
$285 million will be provided for
electric vehicle incentives, including (i) a rebate of up to
$14,000 for every electric vehicle purchased; (ii) a rebate of up
to $1,000 to install home charging; (iii) removal of the provincial
portion of the HST on electric vehicle sales; (iv) an extra subsidy
program for low- and moderate-income households to replace older
cars with electric vehicles; and (v) free overnight electricity for
charging electric vehicles. CCAP sets a target of expanding
electric vehicle sales to 5% of all vehicles sold by 2020, which
will increase to 12% by 2025 (representing approximately 80,000
electric vehicles annually). The goal is to have an electric or
hybrid vehicle in every multivehicle driveway by 2024 (representing
a total of approximately 1.7 million cars).
New lower-carbon fuel standards would
require all liquid transportation fuels (including gasoline and
diesel), to cut life-cycle carbon emissions by 5% by 2020. The plan
will also provide $176 million in incentives to support the sale of
more biodiesel and 85% ethanol blend.
In addition, CCAP allocates additional funding for public
transportation, the creation of more cycling infrastructure,
research and development into new clean technologies, and
investments to make government carbon neutral.
With an emphasis on climate change initiatives that will rely on
Ontario's electricity grid for emission reductions, a more
detailed assessment will be needed as to how these initiatives will
fit within the province's existing and planned electricity
distribution, transmission and generation system.
The Imperial Oil refinery pled guilty to one offence for discharging a contaminant, coker stabilizer, thermocracked gas, into the natural environment causing an adverse effect and was fined $650,000...
Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change continues to roll out its Climate Change Action Plan with its proposed GHG guide for projects that are subject to the province's Environmental Assessment Act.
In June, 2016, Justice Faieta of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice awarded damages of $57,712.31 plus interest against legal counsel who failed to file a claim within the required limitation period.
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