Premier Kathleen Wynne Begins Visit to Alberta
Partnering on Cleantech Innovation Will Help Ontario and Alberta Reach Climate Change Goals and Promote Economic Growth
Today Premier Kathleen Wynne began a two-day visit to Alberta, where she will focus on increasing cooperation on climate change initiatives and promoting Ontario's successful cleantech sector.
Premier Wynne is visiting Edmonton and Calgary to meet with political leaders, business experts and innovators, and promote Ontario's expertise in the cleantech sector.
Today, Premier Wynne and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Alberta's Climate Change Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC). The two organizations will work together to develop new technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In Edmonton, the Premier will be introduced in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. She will then meet with Alberta Innovates to share insights about how government, academia and businesses can work together on research projects. She will also meet with Judy Fairburn, Executive Vice President of Cenovus, and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson.
Tomorrow in Calgary, the Premier will meet with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, tour the General Electric Customer Innovation Centre, participate in a roundtable with business representatives and deliver a keynote speech at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. The speech will focus on opportunities for collaboration between Ontario and Alberta to spur innovation and economic growth.
Ontario is a North American leader in the creation, use and manufacturing of cleantech solutions, making it a natural partner for Alberta. The development of new green technologies will help both provinces reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a more sustainable economy.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions while supporting growth, efficiency and productivity is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
Ontario committed $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help people displaced by the wildfires in Alberta.
Since 2003, the Ontario government has committed more than $575 million to over 1,500 research and commercialization projects related to cleantech and the bio-economy.
Investment in clean energy has helped Ontario phase out coal-fired electricity generation, resulting in the single-largest climate change initiative in North America to date. As part of its Climate Leadership Plan, Alberta is aiming to close all of its coal-fired electricity plants by 2030.
On May 18, 2016, Ontario finalized the rules for the province's new cap and trade system, laying the foundation for the province to join the largest carbon market in North America, the Western Climate Initiative.
'My visit to Alberta is an opportunity to promote Ontario's leadership and expertise in the cleantech sector and to strengthen collaboration between our two provinces. Climate change does not recognize borders - so our fight to end it should go beyond provincial and territorial boundaries. By working together, Ontario and Alberta will be able to reach their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets faster and more efficiently, and help Canada achieve its national and international commitments on climate change.'
Premier of Ontario