Ontario is continuing to lead North America in fighting climate change and protecting the air that we breathe. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today that the government is reintroducing legislation that would, if passed, permanently prohibit burning coal solely to generate electricity in the province.
Ontario is the first jurisdiction in North America to eliminate coal-fired electricity. The Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act would build on this milestone achievement by prohibiting coal-fired electricity generation going forward.
The government is committed to building a clean electricity future for Ontario to protect our health for generations to come. Acting to prohibit coal-fired power permanently is an important step, because coal-fired power contributes to health-damaging smog. It is also a major source of climate-destabilizing greenhouse gases that contribute to extreme weather events, such as tornadoes, flooding and violent rainstorms.
Fighting climate change and improving the quality of the air we breathe is part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.