Ontario Protecting Air, Land and Water in NipissingNovember 30, 2018
NORTH BAY – Ontario’s Government for the People has released a new made-in-Ontario environment plan to help protect our air, land and water, address litter and reduce waste, increase our resilience to climate change and help us to do our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan includes actions to help protect the Nipissing region we know and love, ensuring that its natural beauty and strong communities can be enjoyed now and in the future, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli announced today.
“Most importantly, it achieves all this without increasing taxes on the people of our province,” said Fedeli.
“We promised the people of Ontario that we are serious about addressing environmental challenges of our day while respecting hardworking taxpayers – and we are keeping that promise,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “This made-in-Ontario plan is tailored to our province’s specific priorities and region-based challenges and opportunities. Throughout our plan, we propose solutions that strike the right balance between a healthy environment and a healthy economy. Our plan will not impose an unconstitutional, punishing new carbon tax on families and businesses.”
The government will ensure that polluters are held accountable with stronger enforcement and tougher penalties for breaking environmental laws. One of the underlying themes of our plan is transparency and a commitment to making real-time information about monitoring, incidents and enforcement available to the public.
Ontario will also enable others to be environmental leaders and do their part in developing environmental solutions. This includes helping unleash the resourcefulness and creativity of our private sector while freeing them from burdensome taxes and red tape that make them less profitable and hinder their growth.
It will also encourage meaningful local environmental action through initiatives such as a new province-wide day of action to fight litter, alongside meaningful partnerships with organizations like Ducks Unlimited and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters to fight invasive species and encourage conservation.