The Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, 2015 received Royal Assent on December 3, 2015.
The purpose of this Act is to end the use of coal at Ontario’s four coal-fired electricity generating facilities and prohibit new stand-alone coal-fired electricity generating facilities.
The Act built upon the Cessation of Coal Use Regulation from 2007 to strengthen the province’s commitment to eliminating stand-alone coal-fired electricity generation.
Ontario’s elimination of stand-alone coal-fired electricity is one of the single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiatives in North America and builds on Ontario’s leadership on climate change.
The closure has eliminated more than 30 megatonnes of annual GHG emissions, and has helped reduce the number of smog days in Ontario from 53 in 2005 to zero in 2015. Additionally, ending the use of coal at the province’s coal-fired generation facilities will save the people of Ontario an estimated $4.4 billion per year in health, environmental and financial costs. More than 90 per cent of the power generated in Ontario now comes from clean energy sources such as water, nuclear and renewables.