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2017 Powering Prosperity award winners

OSEA / 08 February 2017

Congratulations to the winners in all categories:

  • Community Project of the Year Award
  • Manufacturer of the Year Award
  • SMARTpreneur of the Year Award
  • Community Developer of the Year Award
  • Non-Profit of the Year Award
  • Developer of the Year Award
  • Sustainable Project of the Year Award
  • 20/20 Leadership Award
  • Special Recognition Awards


Ontario raises $800 million with third green bond

Ministry of Finance / 03 February 2017

Ontario has successfully issued its third green bond, raising $800 million to help build clean transportation and environmentally friendly infrastructure projects in communities across the province.

Proceeds from the bond will support 12 projects, including:

  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, targeted to achieve LEED® gold-level certification
  • ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville, expected to achieve LEED® silver-level certification
  • York VivaNEXT Bus Rapid Transit Expansion in York Region
  • GO Transit Regional Express Rail in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

Green bonds help Ontario’s efforts to fight climate change and build on initiatives such as setting a cap on pollution, ending coal-fired electricity generation, and electrifying and improving the province’s commuter rail network.


Webinar series: “Facing Climate Change”

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Join us for a two-part webinar series.

On February 8, 2017, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), Dr. Dianne Saxe, will deliver the first of two webinars on our recent Greenhouse Gas Progress Report, Facing Climate Change.

The first webinar will discuss chapters 1 to 3: the science behind climate change and how Ontario contributes to climate change. It will focus on some important questions our report raises, including:

  • Why is climate change worse than most people think?
  • How is climate change affecting Ontario now? What’s ahead?
  • How much does Ontario contribute to climate change? What sectors are the biggest emitters?
  • Why must we act now?

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Ontario making electric vehicles more affordable

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 01 February 2017

Ontario is making it easier for people across the province to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and switch to an electric vehicle (EV) by further enhancing its Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP).

Part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, and in effect as of Jan. 1, 2017, the updated EVIP:

  • Removes the cap limiting EV incentives to 30 per cent of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP)
  • Eliminates the $3,000 cap on incentives for EVs fully run on battery power and priced between $75,000 and $150,000, which enable long-range, zero-emission travel and have less environmental impact than lower priced plug-in hybrids
  • Continues to exclude EVs with an MSRP of $150,000 and above from qualifying for incentives
  • Offers incentives only on vehicles produced by automakers who are partners in Ontario’s new Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Advancement Partnership (EHVAP).


The cost of carbon pricing in Ontario and Alberta

Maclean’s / Trevor Tombe, Nicholas Rivers / 04 January 2017

Claims that carbon pricing will lead to skyrocketing price increases throughout the economy are misplaced at best — and misleading at worst.

On January 1, Ontario and Alberta adopted broad-based carbon pricing policies. Alberta opted for a carbon tax while Ontario chose a cap-and-trade system. Alberta’s carbon tax is $20/t of carbon dioxide in 2017, while permits in Ontario’s cap and trade system currently trade at about $18/t of carbon dioxide. The idea behind these policies is to better align the prices of goods that cause greenhouse gas emissions with the social costs of producing those goods. The expectation is that, as the price of emissions increases, firms and individuals will emit less. However, many share an important concern that the policies will increase prices of goods for households, and reduce their standard of living.


Timmins hosts Indigenous climate change summit

Timmins Press / Alan S Hale / 07 December 2016

The conference’s keynote speaker, Seattle-based conservation biologist Jeff Wells, noted that not only is the conference the first of its kind for Timmins, but it may also be the only one where scientists and First Nations leaders meet to discuss climate change in Canada.

“I think that this is a ground breaking event which can hopefully be emulated in other parts of the boreal forest with other First Nations governments and communities. I think it’s the way forward,” he said.


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