FAQ on climate change
The world didn’t end – indeed, it got a fresh start – when nations removed chloro-fluorocarbons (CFCs) from refrigerants to allow a growing hole in the protective ozone layer to close and protect the world from cancer-causing ultraviolet light. The first world cleaned up its urban waterways and airsheds, and industry continued. The developing nations are taking the same actions for the same reasons today. North America is the global magnet for today’s best and brightest. It will remain so because it leads the world in how to reverse and mitigate the damage caused by climate change.
- What difference will Ontario’s actions make in Mississauga?
- Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan will help Mississauga residents reduce their emissions, use less energy and save more money. The plan will help people save more money in their everyday lives by investing in home energy retrofits, public transit, electric vehicle incentives, and social housing retrofits, which will lead to better designed communities, better public transit services and less congestion on the roads.
- How will the plan help home owners use less energy?
- Ontario will offer grants to help homeowners in their everyday life save energy and money through programs to reduce the costs of installing green technologies like a solar water heating system or geothermal heating in your home. You may be able to get help with up-front costs associated with high efficiency and renewable energy technology, or receive support for more basic energy-saving home upgrades. All residents will have choices for more cleaner, energy-efficient and affordable options to heat and cool their homes.
- What about condo owners or renters?
- The province will work to prevent or minimize the impact of carbon pricing on tenants.
This action plan ensures apartment building owners have access to energy-efficiency retrofit programs, such as boiler replacements and geothermal technology. It helps landlords retrofit social housing apartments with technologies such as energy-efficient windows, thermal insulation on piping and upgrades to mechanical systems.
- How will Ontario’s actions help people commute and get around?
- Ontario will make it easier and more affordable for people to buy and drive electric vehicles through:
• Rebates of up to $14,000 to lease or buy a new electric vehicle;
• Support for buying and installing chargers for private home and business use;
• More electric vehicle charging stations in cities, public buildings, along highways – and in condo or workplace parking lots;
• Four years of free overnight charging for your electric vehicle;
• Rebates to help lower-income households replace gas-powered cars with a used or new electric car;
The Climate Change Action Plan will make it easier for people to bike and take public transit through:
• Improving transit infrastructure within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area;
• More bike lanes and better cycling infrastructure, like commuter cycling networks and bike parking at transit hubs.
- How will communities and neighbourhoods adapt to climate change?
- Actually, back in the 1970s, two notable Mississauga communities were designed and built with an objective that climate change now maks an imperative! They re Erin Mills and Meadowvale. Complete communities provide convenient access to workplaces, local services, homes, schools, recreation and open spaces. Residents can safely and quickly walk, bike, or take public transit wherever they need to go. Our investments will mean: shorter, easier commutes; less congestion; cleaner air; and more green spaces. Building codes and home buyer expectations will adapt.
- How will Ontario’s climate change actions help rural and Northern communities?
- Ontario will help rural and northern residents reduce fossil fuel use through programs upgrade homes with technologies such as solar thermal, energy storage, and air heat and geothermal heat pumps; and help homeowners switch out older wood stoves for new high-efficiency wood stoves.
- How will Ontario pay for the climate change actions?
- Ontario law requires that cap and trade proceeds – currently estimated at approximately $8.3 billion over the next five years – must be invested in a transparent way into projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create good jobs in clean tech and construction, generate opportunities in investment in Ontario, and help people and businesses transition to a low-carbon economy. Funding may also come from a variety of sources other than auction revenue, including funding for programs already underway and support from the Federal Government.
- Will Ontario’s cap-and-trade affect the price of gasoline?
- The price of gasoline normally fluctuates anyway, and Ontario’s extra levy on gasoline – to fund clean technologies and get carbon out of transportation – does not seem to have had a noticeable effect on the always-moving pump price of gasoline. See the chart on this page which shows the movement in the pump price since 2015.
- Will Ontario’s cap-and-trade affect natural gas costs?
- Yes, though not as much as in other jurisdictions, because gas utilities and customers in Ontario have already done some of the carbon-reduction work. Based on early 2016 estimates, natural gas costs could rise, on average, about five dollars per month in 2017. To help, the Province is investing cap-and-trade proceeds to fund retrofit programs to help homeowners use less energy and save more money. Current natural gas conservation programs can help save households between $7 and $11 per month.
- Why should Ontario do something when China is not?
- China is taking action on climate change. China has committed to the Paris Climate Change Accords. China is aggressively substituting coal for nuclear, solar and wind in its energy use. Click here for more infomation.
- What action is Europe taking on climate change?
- Europe has a comprehensive set of climate change mitigation policies. Europeans have factored climate change into most aspects of everyday life.