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Ministry of Environment, Conservation & Parks, Office of the Minister, Hon. Jeff Yurek
Statement from Minister Yurek on the Auditor General's Report

December 4, 2019 - "I appreciate the work of the Auditor General and her office in providing this year's report.

Ontario leads Canada in greenhouse gas reductions and our government is committed to continuing to do our part to help Canada meet its target under the Paris Agreement.

The Auditor's review of our greenhouse gas reduction efforts looked at our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan at a point in time. The plan has evolved and continues to evolve, and we will review and consider the Auditor's recommendations as part of this work.

Our ambitious plan – the first comprehensive, integrated environment plan in Ontario - is our government's proposed roadmap to preserving and protecting our land, air, and water, addressing litter and reducing waste, and supporting the people of Ontario as we work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Through this plan, we also affirmed our focus on protecting species at risk and their habitat, conserving and managing our parks and greenspaces, and tackling climate change, now and for future generations. We have put forward smart solutions that support both a healthy environment and a healthy economy, and over the past year, we've made significant progress on key commitments in the plan.

As conservatives, we are held to higher standard on climate change and environmental policies which is why we have put forward measurements on how our initiatives will help us meet our target.

There is no one single environmental approach or solution that fully addresses the needs of all provinces, regions or communities. That is why our environment plan will continue to evolve as a living document to address the environmental priorities of Ontarians as new information, ideas and innovations emerge.

We are launching Ontario's first-ever broad, multi-sector provincial climate change impact assessment that will access the best science and information to better understand where and how climate change will impact Ontario. We have also established a new advisory panel on climate change and outlined how they will provide expert advice on the implementation of the province's climate change actions – especially how Ontarians can prepare for the costs and impacts of climate change.

Through continued collaboration with all levels of government, government agencies and the private sector, we will see further development of our plan to include the most effective and affordable ways to protect our environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Since taking office we have enabled a number of major, transformative projects to reduce carbon emissions from Ontario's power system, including the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project to connect sixteen diesel-powered First Nation communities to our clean electricity grid, and we committed to the continued operation life of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, which will provide a significant amount of zero-emission baseload generation to benefit all of Ontario.

We have also brought forward initiatives that will make it easier for people to use public transit and get more cars off the road, now and in the future, such as expanding and electrifying GO Transit, creating the Ontario Line, and extending the Scarborough Subway.

Our government will continue to look to private sector innovation because we know that addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions requires collaboration with businesses and stakeholders. Many private sector firms have already taken up the challenge – for example, testing the use of innovative low-carbon fuels in the cement sector.

As we move forward, we are going to look at actions that reflect all parts of our province because what works in larger cities may not be sensible in other parts of the province. I look forward to working together with people across Ontario to evolve our plan in way that will work for our diverse communities – including rural, Northern and Indigenous communities.

Our plan encourages all Ontarians to take meaningful action to protect and preserve our natural environment. Together, I know that we can continue to ensure Ontario tackles climate change in a way that maintains both a healthy environment and a healthy economy."

Last Updated: Wednesday, 04 December 2019 17:47:18 PM EST

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