Ontario: Cap and Trade System to Limit Greenhouse Gas Pollution in Ontario


On April 24, 2015 the Office of the Premier issued the following media release.

“Joint Statement on Climate Change from the Premiers of Ontario and Québec”

Today, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Québec Premier Philippe Couillard issued the following statement on climate change:

“We are at the forefront of the fight against climate change and we want Canada to be a leader on this issue of critical importance.

Last week, in front of international leaders and experts, including Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, we were present at the Québec Summit on Climate Change, where the vast majority of Canadian provinces and territories were represented. Eleven premiers, representing over 85 per cent of the Canadian population, made a joint declaration stating that, “carbon pricing is an approach that is being taken by an increasing number of governments” and that “investing in the fight against climate change, especially in areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cleaner energy production, holds great promise for sustainable economic development and long-term job creation.”

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On April 13, 2015 the Office of the Premier issued the following media release.

“Provincial System will Reward Innovative Companies and Create More Opportunities for Investment in Ontario”. 

To fight climate change — one of the greatest challenges mankind has faced — Ontario is putting a limit on the main sources of greenhouse gas pollution through a cap and trade system to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the health of our children and grandchildren. 

Climate change is already hurting our environment, causing extreme weather like floods and droughts, and hurting our ability to grow food in some regions. Over the near term, it will increase the cost of food and insurance, harm wildlife and nature, and eventually make the world inhospitable for our children and grandchildren.” 

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Access Climate Change Discussion Paper here

Main Link to Program Design – Western Climate Initiative

2010 Design Recommendations

2008 Design Recommendations

Report GHG Emissions – The Law

Access Conversion ToolKit here

Access Benett Jones Article Ontario Unveils Plan to Join Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap-and-Trade System here

GHG Emissions Reporting Facilities

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