Ontario, Québec and Oregon partner to fight climate change

Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Québec Premier Philippe Couillard have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will accelerate the three governments’ leading work in the global fight against climate change.

“Climate change is a global problem that requires global solutions. Unfortunately, there are still powerful interests denying climate change and threatening to permanently destabilize our planet. That makes it so important for states and provinces to collaborate and lead the way. We’re showing that we are taking this problem seriously, and that when we take action together, the planet and the economy come out ahead. Whether it’s shutting down our coal power plants or entering into the joint carbon market with Québec and California, Ontario is a leader. We have a lot to offer and much to gain from building these kinds of cross-border partnerships. I believe in bringing people together as we transition to a low-carbon economy. That’s how we create good jobs and a healthy planet for our children,” stated Wynne.

Government officials say the new agreement supports the three regions’ shared commitment to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement, and demonstrates the value of governments working together across borders to fight climate change and create new opportunities in the clean economy.

Through this agreement, Ontario, Oregon and Québec commit to working together towards the common goals of exploring market-based solutions to reducing GHG emissions, supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy, and protecting our shared environment against the effects of pollution and climate change. The agreement includes key areas of cooperation and collaboration, such as the open sharing of information and experience with successful policies and programs, as well as sharing research into clean technologies such as biofuels and advanced manufacturing and materials.

Quick facts:

  • Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard requires that 50 percent of the electricity Oregonians use come from renewable resources by 2040.
  • Québec’s 2013-20 Climate Change Action Plan sets out 30 priorities and more than 150 actions to fight climate change.
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