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Roadmap to Net-Zero

The Ontario Greens Climate Plan to reach net-zero by 2045.

#ClimateActionNow

A real plan for real action

Climate change is a global crisis that is far-reaching and impacts every aspect of our lives in Ontario, from increasing floods, to severe storms, or record heat waves.

Our climate plan provides an honest and practical roadmap to achieving net-zero. It’s a guide to an Ontario with clean energy, comfortable places to live, ways to get around, new businesses, careers and better jobs.

We’ll do this with 3 main priorities:

  • Crush Climate Pollution
  • Restore Water and Nature
  • Succeed Together

Our collective future relies on stopping the climate crisis as quickly as possible. Let's work together to make that happen.

The Priorities

CrushClimate Pollution

We know that climate change is driven by the output of greenhouse gases. We need to crush climate pollution in its tracks.

We can reduce our emissions by:

  • Adopting a net zero 2045 strategy.
  • Investing in public transportation and electric mobility.
  • Retrofitting homes, reducing sprawl and smarter developments.
  • Generating electricity from clean, renewable sources.
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RestoreWater & Nature

Ontario’s wetlands, forests and watersheds are some of our best natural solutions to address the climate crisis.

Our plan to restore nature include:

  • Permanently protecting wetlands, forests and prime farmland.
  • Working with Indigenous communities to conserve land and water.
  • Cleaning up air and water in the worst polluted areas.
  • Bringing back nature in cities, like green roofs and school yards.
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Succeed:Together

Transitioning to a healthy, affordable, and resilient economy is possible. And our plan ensures that no one gets left behind.

We can do this by:

  • Helping the most vulnerable with the cost of energy and water.
  • Use a $2 billion per-year Climate Adaptation Fund to help municipalities with retrofitting costs.
  • Investing in and training a strong green workforce.
  • Supporting emerging low carbon industries and current industries to help them transition.
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The Framework

Roadmap to Net Zero 2045

Climate change impacts all areas of our lives. Here are the details of our climate plan, through the lens of ten key areas:

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Health

Ontarians would be much healthier living in communities that are free from climate disasters, have clean air to breathe, access to local food, lots of greenspace to exercise.

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Sustainable Water

Water is a precious resource to humans, nature and wildlife. We need to protect our lakes, rivers and fish, and ensure that Indigenous communities and everyone in Ontario has access to clean drinking water now and in the future.

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Fair, Clean Economy

Climate chaos increases inequality, and people in vulnerable situations suffer the most. Ontario must improve financial support to those who need it most and help local businesses transition to a green economy to improve equity across the province.

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Travel and Transport

Transportation is one of Ontario’s highest polluting sectors which is made worse by reckless urban sprawl. Ontario must create clean, connected, compact communities so residents can get around easier by walking, biking, or taking clean transit.

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Energy

If the goal is to achieve net-zero by 2045, we must decrease our reliance on fossil fuels to generate electricity in Ontario. This includes doubling Ontario’s energy supply with renewables, retrofitting buildings, and phasing out fossil fuels at every turn.

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Culture and Community

To protect the culture and community of Ontarians, Ontario must coordinate with municipal leaders and ensure our communities are well connected, affordable and sustainable, without the need for more destructive sprawl.

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Local and Sustainable Food

Protecting local and sustainable food is a critical part of a green economy. We need to protect Ontario’s farmland and tackle Ontario’s growing food waste crisis to ensure that everyone can afford to put food on the table.

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Materials and Products

In Ontario, we must shift our focus to using only what we need, making things last, and supporting low-impact producers of low-carbon products. This will lead to less material waste, cleaner industries, and protect nature and our finite resources.

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Zero Waste

To achieve zero waste, Ontario must move towards a circular economy so we can keep landfills clear of organic waste, and single-use products and packaging. We need to focus on producing products that last and hold industries accountable.

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Land and Nature

Ontario’s land and nature is our best natural defence against climate change. In order to protect it, we must enforce boundaries to stop reckless sprawl, restore environmental assessments, protect and expand the Greenbelt, and listen to Indigenous teachings.

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The Climate Crisis At a Glance

deaths
a year in Ontario due to air pollution
$ billion
a year in health care costs due to air pollution in Ontario
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of nitrogen monoxide pollution comes from local traffic across the province
$ million
in insured damage due to flooding in 2019 across Ontario
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of our wetlands already gone in Southwestern Ontario
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active wildfires in Northern Ontario during the summer of 2021
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Take the Pledge for Climate Action

It's time to show our leaders that we want stronger climate action right now.

By taking this pledge, you're joining a local climate movement to call on our premier to:

  • Stop investing in fossil fuel projects
  • Phase out gas plants
  • Stamp out sprawl
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Dear Premier Ford,

The climate crisis is here.

Ontarians need bold, urgent government action to tackle the climate emergency. We need to take the pledge to reduce Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045.

Ontario Greens have put forward a comprehensive plan to build a safer, healthier province, while cutting fossil fuel use to meet these goals.

Premier Ford, I’m writing to you today to ask you to join with them, take the pledge, reduce Ontario’s emissions, and make a cleaner, brighter future for everyone.

Every day we delay in getting the province off fossil fuels is dangerous for the next generation. They no longer have a choice. They know there must be action and it must be now if they are to have a long, healthy life. But you’re in charge; you’re calling the shots. The good news is that you can make better choices to help the future too.

We need real action now.

As part of a plan to reduce carbon emissions and make Ontario net-zero I’m asking you to:

Stop investing in new fossil fuel projects
Phase out gas plants
Stamp out sprawl

Ontario Greens have a plan to create new, greener jobs, affordable housing, and reduce carbon emissions so we can all have the future we want.

Will you commit to working with the Ontario Greens to adopt their climate action framework and put Ontario on the road to net-zero by 2045?

Sincerely,