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Toronto, Aug 12 (Canadian-Media): As part of Ontario's strategy for the Climate Change Action Plan to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, Ontario is investing $24 million from the proceeds of the province’s carbon market to help develop green building skills, announced Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development on August 10 at the LiUNA Local 1059 Regional Training Centre in London, a news release said.
About one quarter of Ontario’s total greenhouse gas pollution, continued the release, are due to energy consumed by the buildings
“Buildings and homes are a significant source of greenhouse gas pollution,” said Matthews. “Helping workers in the buildings sector develop green skills means that our workforce will be better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow and position us to win the critical fight against climate change.”
Ontario is committed to transparency, said the release, and will invest all proceeds from its cap into programs that help households and businesses fight climate change.
“Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and our carbon market are supporting skills development and training for workers who will help protect our environment and fight climate change. This investment is part of our government’s commitment to support households and businesses as they reduce greenhouse gas pollution and transition to a low-carbon future,” Chris Ballard, Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change said.
Ontario is introducing initiatives, the release said, to families and businesses to make them ready for the low-carbon economy and helping unions, colleges and universities in acquiring new equipment, new and upgraded facilities to support green building skills training for current and future workers in low-carbon building skills.
“Winning the fight against climate change requires a workforce that is up to the task.” said Joseph Mancinelli, LiUNA International Vice President and Regional Manager of Central and Eastern Canada.
“Supporting low-carbon building skills will help to ensure we can fulfill this need and is an important step toward a greener future for our children and our grandchildren. We are proud supporters of this initiative, and look forward to working with Minister Matthews as we transition to a low-carbon economy, “Mancinelli said.
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne in Ontario’s Five Year Climate Change Action Plan 2016 – 2020 Report said, “Already we’ve taken strong action by ending dirty coal emissions in our province...showing the important role that provinces and regions play in building a low-carbon economy, we are influencing action around the world.”
Last year, we hosted more than 300 delegates at the Climate Summit of the Americas. It was a pivotal meeting of provincial, state and municipal leaders that focused on turning the threat of climate change into an incredible opportunity through collaboration and innovation.”
“Fighting climate change means transforming the way we live, move and work. We already have the technology we need to make that transition, but we need to get more low-carbon technologies into Ontario homes and businesses”, Glen Murray former Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change in Ontario’s Five Year Climate Change Action Plan 2016 – 2020 Report had said.
“Our actions will help more Ontario households and businesses adopt low- and net zero carbon energy solutions in homes, vehicles and workplaces…We will become a leading North American hub for low- and zero carbon technology companies. Your government is leading by example. We are committing to make government carbon neutral in 2018,” Murray was quoted as saying my the media.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)