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Ontario Supporting Climate Action in Kingston and the Islands

Province Helping Families and Businesses Reduce Emissions

Ontario is helping people in Kingston and the Islands fight climate change in their community by supporting initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boost energy efficiency. 

Sophie Kiwala was at Sustainable Kingston to recognize the climate leadership being demonstrated by members of the Green Economy Kingston program. 

Individuals and businesses across Ontario are leading by example, helping government deliver innovative clean technology solutions to fight and adapt to climate change. Ontario’s leadership through the Climate Change Action Plan will enable the province to export these low-carbon goods and services to markets around the world, growing the economy and helping to create good local jobs. 

Across the province, this plan will help families and businesses reduce emissions, use less energy and save money by:

  • Making it easier for homeowners and businesses to install or retrofit clean energy systems
  • Expanding electric vehicle infrastructure by installing more charging stations at workplaces, on highways and in apartment buildings and condos
  • Providing electric vehicle incentives to purchase and charge electric cars
  • Supporting municipalities to build commuter cycling networks linked with transit
  • Investing in projects that help make schools, hospitals and heritage buildings more green

Fighting climate change by supporting programs like Green Economy Kingston is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

QUOTES 

“Fighting climate change means transforming the way we live, move and work. Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan will help families and businesses by offering more choices to help them reduce their emissions. We are working together to reduce our carbon footprint today to build a strong economy and healthy communities for tomorrow.”
—   Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“We all have a role to play in the fight against climate change. Businesses and organizations in our community are helping Ontario lead that fight. Thanks to the Climate Change Action Plan, more people in Kingston and the Islands will have the incentives and tools they need to reduce their carbon footprint and do their part.”
—    Sophie Kiwala, MPP

“In just 9 months of running the Green Economy Kingston program, we have seen a great deal of leadership from our members. With support from the program, local businesses and organizations are measuring and reporting their carbon footprints, often for the very first time. This represents an instrumental step for planning and achieving future GHG reductions.”
—   Liam Conway, Program Manager, Green Economy Kingston

QUICK FACTS 

  • Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan is investing up to $8.3 billion over the next five years in projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and help people and businesses transition to a low-carbon economy. Most of these actions will be funded by proceeds from Ontario’s cap and trade program.
  • Last year, the province kick-started climate action through a $325-million Green Investment Fund. This initial investment in Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan is already strengthening the economy, creating good jobs and driving innovation while fighting climate change.
  • The Climate Change Action Plan and cap and trade program form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050. The government will report on the plan's implementation annually and renew the plan every five years. 
  • Ontario’s environmental and clean technology sector is made up of 3,000 firms, employs 65,000 people, and is worth an estimated $8 billion in annual revenues and $1 billion in export earnings.

LEARN MORE 

Ontario’s Green Investment Fund
Climate Change Action Plan
Ontario’s Climate Change Strategy
Ontario’s Cap and Trade Program

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