The Clean Economy Alliance is supportive of the province’s plan to implement a cap-and-trade program and developed a series of recommendations which were submitted to the province for consideration in the design of the program. Most of those recommendations are reflected in Ontario’s Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act and the proposed cap-and-trade regulation. Specifically, the Alliance recommends that Ontario’s cap-and-trade program:

  • Contributes effectively to reaching Ontario’s 2020, 2030 and 2050 emissions reduction targets
  • Applies to as large a share of Ontario’s emissions as is practically possible
  • Is fair to those who may be disproportionately impacted such as low-income families and workers
  • Is fair to companies that have taken early action, and addresses impacts to energy-intensive and trade-exposed industries
  • Is predictable and geared toward continuous improvement and increasing stringency over time
  • Dedicates revenues to complementary policies that reduce carbon emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change


The Alliance developed a series of recommendations to inform Ontario’s Climate Action Plan. Ontario is a leading North American jurisdiction in the effort to fight carbon pollution. But there is a gap between current projections and the province’s future emissions reduction targets. Cap-and-trade will help bridge that gap, but it alone won’t be enough to reach the targets.

For this reason, the Alliance strongly supports the province’s commitment to reinvest revenues from cap-and-trade into complementary polices. The Alliance leverages the diverse expertise of its members to inform the design and implementation of Ontario’s Climate Action Plan. The plan should provide economic, employment, social and health benefits to Ontarians, while positioning the province to thrive in a low-carbon worl