To help fight climate change, Ontario is encouraging businesses, utilities, non-profit organizations, registered charities, conservation authorities and Indigenous organizations to develop new and innovative solutions for reducing greenhouse gas pollution.
Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, was joined today by Parminder Sandhu, Green Ontario Fund board chair and Interim CEO, to announce the launch of the GreenON Challenge.
This program will support the exploration and development of new projects to reduce pollution, advance the province's low-carbon economy and meet Ontario's greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Projects could include, for example:
Funded by proceeds from Ontario's carbon market, the Green Ontario Fund is making it easier for people and businesses to choose and adopt low-carbon technologies and processes that help reduce greenhouse gas pollution at home and work.
Making it easier to access and adopt low-carbon technologies and processes is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
" This program demonstrates Ontario’s support for innovative thinkers creating projects that will help achieve major greenhouse gas reductions while advancing economic growth across the province. Harnessing the creativity, dedication and experience of local innovators and climate leaders to break down barriers to adopting low-carbon solutions will help us move towards a strong, more prosperous low-carbon economy. "
- Chris Ballard
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
" Through the GreenON Challenge, we will use the expertise and innovative ideas of Ontario’s organizations and businesses to make low-carbon technologies and processes part of regular business practices. Great ideas are out there – we just need to support our partners in making them a reality. This will help us in our transition to a competitive, low-carbon economy."
- Parminder Sandhu
Interim CEO and Chair of the Green Ontario Fund board of directors
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