In early 2015, a diverse cross-section of organizations came together to create a strong and unified voice to support climate action and a system to price carbon in Ontario. The coalition has worked together since then to create and renew a set of principles to advocate for complementary climate policies in key sectors of Ontario’s economy.
To support the advancement of effective climate action in Ontario that provides economic, social, health and environmental benefits for Ontarians.
- Ensure effective action is taken in Ontario to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.
- Build increased public support for climate action in Ontario.
- Support and engage Ontario businesses in global shift to low carbon economy.
The CEA will accomplish these goals by focusing on the following key policy areas:
Energy retrofits are a carbon reduction tool that can immediately create jobs and generate savings for residents and businesses, and build energy resiliency. Improving energy efficiency in homes and buildings is a crucial element of meeting Ontario’s 2030 climate targets.
The transportation sector is responsible for more than one-third of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce these emissions, Ontario must continue to take action to get more electric vehicles on the road, expand public transit, reduce growing emissions from the freight sector, build active transportation infrastructure.
Carbon pricing is an important, market-based tool to encourage a shift away from fossil fuels to a cleaner economy. The vast majority of economists believe putting a price on pollution is a fair and effective way to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The federal government’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change includes a requirement that every province must have some form of carbon pricing in place by 2019.
The cleantech sector is an increasingly important area for jobs and economic growth in Ontario and around the world. Ontario can provide supports and incentives to finance, test, commercialize and deploy clean tech solutions and help position Ontario firms to develop the technologies and solutions needed to tackle climate change and adapt to its impacts.
CLIMATE-FRIENDLY, CLIMATE-RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE
The impacts of climate change are already being felt in Ontario. The province’s aging infrastructure is underprepared for the extreme weather events that will occur more frequently with climate change. Ontario needs to plan for the future by building low-carbon, resilient infrastructure that helps our communities mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Pollution not only creates greenhouse gas emissions leading to climate change, it also damages the health and well-being of Ontarians. Air pollution is estimated to cost Ontario more than $1 billion a year from hospital admissions, emergency room visits and absenteeism. Reducing emissions from vehicles, buildings, and other sources of pollution is proven to lower the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory health issues like asthma, heart disease, and many other illnesses.
LONG-TERM ENERGY PLANNING
The global shift away from fossil fuel based energy is well underway, with investment in renewables surging as costs plummet. Ontario has taken strong action to decarbonise its electricity sector, and must continue to increase the share of renewable energy in the province’s supply mix, and create business and export opportunities for the province’s renewable energy industries.
LAND USE PLANNING
The way Ontario plans and permits development and protects natural heritage and agricultural land has enormous implications for carbon emissions. The implementation of Ontario’s land use plans (the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan, and the Niagara Escarpment Plan), will have a profound impact on how the region grows, and whether that growth is consistent with the low-carbon economy Ontario aspires to create.