On December 8, 2009, one week after the Province’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation (O. Reg. 452/09) came into force, the Environment Commissioner of Ontario released its 2008/2009 Annual Greenhouse Gas Progress Report as submitted to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The Annual Report provides a review of the Ontario Government’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions for 2008/2009, as outlined in the Government’s “Climate Change Action Plan” that was tabled by the Honourable Minister of the Environment in the Legislative Assembly on December 2, 2009.

The Report concluded that Ontario is not on track to meet its emissions reductions targets which, in 2007, were identified as follows:

  • 6 per cent below 1990 levels by 2014;
  • 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020; and
  • 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.

The Report states that “The government seems to have lost its vision of what a carbon reduction plan should be pursuing. A plan that conservatively focuses on current best practice is no substitute for a plan with a vision for the future – a vision for change”. For more information please see: