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Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan

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Ontario’s Climate Change Action (CCAP) plan is a collaborative road map for the environment that outlines the actions Ontario will take over the next five years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is designed to help Ontarians switch to low- and net-zero carbon energy sources in the following areas:

  • municipalities
  • homes
  • industries
  • workplaces
  • vehicles
The plan recognizes and rewards companies, innovators and researchers that develop clean technologies designed to:
  • maximize our competitiveness
  • create jobs
  • enhance energy efficiency
  • improve prosperity 
  • ensure long-term sustainability in our province.
The Ontario Climate Change Action Plan is committed to the following greenhouse gas reduction targets:​

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Funding greenhouse gas emission reduction in buildings and cars through cap-and-trade
 
Ontario’s cap-and-trade program is designed to help fight climate change, and reward businesses that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
 
One of the cornerstones of CCAP is cap-and-trade, which generates revenue and is a key component that funds the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. CCAP has a mandate to manage cap-and-trade auction proceeds with full transparency and accountability to ensure that the funds generated are invested in projects and programs that help reduce greenhouse gases. 
 
In April 2015, Ontario announced its intention to join the cap-and-trade system under the Western Climate Initiative. In partnership with other jurisdictions, including Quebec and California, Ontario is making carbon pricing a cornerstone in the fight against climate change. 
 
Cap-and-trade limits the amount of emissions that can come from the economy (the “cap”), and then allows those covered by the cap to trade among themselves (the “trade”) in a flexible and cost-effective way, thereby creating a price on carbon pollution. Businesses are motivated to reduce emissions because the “cap” – the total amount they are allowed to emit – is reduced over time.
  
Click here to find out more about cap-and-trade.
 
 
Action Categories and their GHG Reduction Targets 
 
Beginning January 1, 2017, only the largest emitters that emit over 25,000 tonnes of CO2 per year – called Large Final Emitters (LFEs) – will be required to join the program. Emitters between 10,000 and 25,000 can voluntarily join. 
 
We are not currently required to participate in cap-and-trade at our existing emission levels (under 10,000). However, all ministries, including the broader public sector, have been mandated to reduce emissions by 15% by 2020. All school boards are subject to the carbon tax. 
 
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