On June 8, 2016, Ontario released its Climate Change Action Plan. The plan follows
closely on the heels of the introduction of legislation that will
put a cap and trade programme into place in the province.
It includes a wide variety of measures aimed at combating
climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions. Some interesting highlights include:
increasing the availability of
zero-emission vehicles on the road and incentivizing the purchase
and use vehicles that use less carbon fuel more widely
increasing the energy efficiency of
buildings through education and, eventually, requiring new
buildings to be more energy efficient;
facilitating the installation and
retrofit of clean-energy systems;
improving commuter cycling
providing free overnight electric
vehicle charging and improving electric charging infrastructure
across the province;
updating the Building Code to include
long-term energy efficiency targets for new buildings;
establishing a Challenge Fund or
Programme to support municipal projects aimed at reducing
eliminating minimum parking
requirements for municipal zoning bylaws;
creating a "Global Centre for
Low Carbon Mobility"—an organization that will conduct
research and advise the government on low-carbon manufacturing and
developing and implementing a
strategy to increase the use of soils management practices in
agriculture that will reduce GHG emissions and improve carbon
publishing a guide that will describe
approaches for including treatment of climate change in
environmental assessments conducted under the Environmental
While the province's cap and trade programme will clearly be
the cornerstone in the province's overall climate change
regime, the plan will provide complementary supports funded largely
by anticipated revenues from cap and trade.
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