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  • April 20, 2018

Ontario Helping Ottawa Reduce Pollution

Province’s Carbon Market Supporting Community-Led Projects in Ottawa

Ontario is supporting projects in Ottawa to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, save municipalities money on energy costs and fight climate change through the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund. This initiative is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the Province’s cap on greenhouse gas pollution and carbon market.

When Ottawa’s new 13 km Confederation Line light rail transit (LRT) comes into service in 2018, it will more than double the capacity of the existing system. An approximately 2.5 km section of the LRT through downtown will be running underground – making the on-road dedicated bus lanes no longer necessary for transit. This investment will assist the City in rehabilitating this corridor to a complete street model, encouraging green space and active modes of transportation.

This $5,080,603 investment will also allow for green retrofits to several City facilities, like City Hall, to reduce their carbon footprint. Details are available online at

All municipalities are encouraged to submit new applications for funding for the next round of the Municipal Challenge Fund by July 13, 2018.

Municipalities are important partners in the fight against climate change. Investing in community-led action on climate change is essential to achieving long-term and cost-effective greenhouse gas reductions while reducing energy costs and creating new jobs in communities across Ontario.

Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change 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, and over 65, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

“Investing in community-led initiatives like the Clegg-Fifth Footbridge or the renewal of the Albert/Slater corridor are exciting steps in improving active transit networks that are critical to our community, while making necessary green house gas emission reductions to protect our environment. This investment will help reshape our downtown core, creating a green and welcoming environment for cyclists, pedestrians, transit-users and drivers alike.”

Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa Centre

“The City welcomes these critical investments from the Government of Ontario to make the revitalized Albert and Slater streets safer and more inviting for cyclists and pedestrians. We are also pleased with important contributions to retrofit municipal buildings with energy efficient technologies. These will help us reduce our carbon footprint while saving taxpayer dollars."

Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

“The Albert and Slater Streets revitalization is the perfect opportunity to transform two major roadways through Ottawa’s downtown core from a congested traffic corridor to a complete street. This renewal will allow for more space for active transportation so that pedestrians, cyclists, seniors and persons with disabilities will experience a safer and more enjoyable commute. Providing more space for people will also contribute to a reduction in GHGs. I am delighted that this project has been chosen by the provincial government to receive funding through the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund.”

Catherine McKenney, Councillor, Somerset Ward

“Municipalities own more of Ontario’s infrastructure than any other level of government. This is why investing in community-led projects to fight climate change is an important part of reducing our province’s greenhouse gas pollution. These initiatives are made possible by investing proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market, through the Climate Change Action Plan, into projects that reduce harmful emissions and make life better for Ontario residents.”

Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

"Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is critical to the future health and prosperity of Ontario. We’re partnering with municipalities through investments like the Municipal Challenge Fund, which will ultimately contribute to stronger and more vibrant communities"

Bill Mauro‎, Minister of Municipal Affairs



  • Ontario is investing close to $100 million of proceeds from its carbon market in the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund in 2017/18 and up to $35 million in 2018/19
  • 30 per cent of the projects that will receive funding are from, small, rural or northern communities.
  • The greenhouse gas reductions for all Toronto projects will be the equivalent to taking 5,500 cars off the road during their first year of operation.
  • The Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050. The government will report on the plan's implementation annually and review the plan at least every five years. 

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