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Ottawa companies: renewable energy cancellations a waste

CBC News / Matthew Kupfer / 14 July 2018

The Ontario government is cancelling 758 renewable energy projects, a move people involved with the sector call a ‘waste’ that will create uncertainty.

The government made the announcement Friday, which includes the cancellation of 26 Ottawa projects.

Four of those cancelled are solar projects that belong to the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative, according to spokesperson Aaron Thornell.

“This is the province undermining efforts of municipalities, of Indigenous communities, of community groups such as ours, who’ve been working toward developing renewable energy projects in their own communities and elsewhere in the province,” Thornell said.

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Electric car rebates end in Ontario

Green Car Reports / Eric C. Evarts / 12 July 2018

Following the election of Conservative Doug Ford as premier July 7, Ontario, Canada, has canceled the province’s generous tax incentives for electric cars, according to an announcement on Wednesday on the Ministry of Transportation’s website.

The move was widely expected after Ford ran on a platform of cutting government expenses, which included canceling the credits.

The credits, which included up to $10,645 ($14,000 Canadian) for the purchase of an electric car in the province, were funded by a carbon tax, which Ford also canceled.

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Ontario Municipal Commuter Program (OMCC) cancelled

Share the Road / Jamie Stuckless / 05 July 2018

This week, communities across Ontario received notice from the Ministry of Transportation that the Ontario Municipal Commuter Program (OMCC) has been cancelled. The OMCC was funded through the cap and trade program, which has also been cancelled. This is not surprising. The new government was very clear on their intentions to cancel cap and trade throughout the election, however, it is still disappointing to see the official announcement.

Through the OMCC, Ontario invested $93 million in cycling infrastructure. This investment will result in new and improved cycling facilities and Bicycle Master Plans across 118 municipalities and communities have until December 2020 to complete their planned projects under the program. However, there will be no new funding through OMCC moving forward.

The $93 million announcement was a game changer for cycling in Ontario in December 2017. It was supposed to be one of several investments that would see up to $225 million for cycling infrastructure over 4 years. We will not see the full $225 million investment under OMCC, however, we are committed to working with the new government to make investments in safe cycling.

This work is already underway. Are you part of it?

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Ford vows to scrap cap-and-trade program as 1st act as premier

CBC News / Amara McLaughlin / 15 June 2018

Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford has vowed that his first act in the legislature will be to scrap the province’s cap-and-trade program.

“In Ontario, the carbon tax’s days are numbered,” he announced Friday during a news conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

Ford, who will be sworn in later this month, campaigned on a promise to dismantle Ontario’s existing cap-and-trade program, which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions, and to cut gas prices by 10 cents per litre. He also vowed not to bring in any new carbon tax to replace it.

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Meet the seven GreenPAC-endorsed Ontario candidates

GreenPAC

GreenPAC is excited to seek out, endorse, and support environmental champions from all major political parties running in the 2018 Ontario provincial election. Check this page for updates on the campaign.

Candidate Matching Tool

To see which of the candidates shares your environmental and political values, take our Candidate Matching Tool!

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Ontario’s first manufacturing facility for EV charging stations

BNN / 22 March 2018

Gleb Nikiforov, CEO of Autochargers.ca talks to BNN about opening Ontario’s first manufacturing facility dedicated to electric vehicle charging stations. The plant will produce approximately 40,000 charging stations per year and create 100 new clean tech manufacturing jobs.

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