TORONTO – In celebration of Earth Day, Steven Del Duca announced that an Ontario Liberal government would take the equivalent of 500,000 cars off the road by planting 800 million new trees over the next 8 years.
“Doug Ford’s Conservatives simply don’t care about the environment,” said Del Duca. “Their priority is letting their rich buddies bulldoze the Greenbelt and allow carbon emissions to skyrocket. An Ontario Liberal government will make Ontario a place to grow again — starting by planting 100 million trees each year for eight years. Under our plan, all Ontario families will have access to trees to plant at home.”
The Ontario Liberal plan will give all municipalities and every family new trees, at no cost, to plant on their properties and in their communities. The plan will also create 2,000 jobs for recent graduates and summer students that want to dedicate their time to climate action and resilience.
Forests and urban trees play a critical role in our environment by soaking up pollution. A lack of trees – particularly in cities – creates a warming effect that leaves us vulnerable to flooding and other natural disasters.
“Ontario was once a global leader in climate action. The Ontario Liberals closed heavy polluting coal power plants so people could breathe easier,” said Del Duca. “We have a proud history of removing pollution from our air—and we’ll do it again by planting 800 million new trees.”
TORONTO – An Ontario Liberal government will undo the cut Doug Ford made to Ontario’s incentive programs for electric vehicles by providing families up to $8,000 on the purchase or lease of eligible zero emissions vehicles and $1,500 on charging equipment, Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca said today.
“Electric vehicles are the future it’s long past time the provincial government helped Ontarians make the move to protect themselves from the rising cost of gasoline. An Ontario Liberal government would ensure Ontario is again a leader in the fight against the climate crisis,” Del Duca said.
“Doug Ford’s Conservatives hit drivers twice, not only did Ford break his promise to cut the gas tax by 10 cents, but they also made it harder for Ontario drivers to choose the long-term cheaper and cleaner option of electric vehicles over their gas-guzzling alternatives,” Del Duca added.
The Ontario Liberal Electric Vehicle Incentive would save families up to $8,000, on the purchase or lease of electric vehicles (up to $55,000 MSRP for a vehicle of 6 seats or less and up to $60,000 MSRP for 7 or more seats, mirroring Transport Canada’s list of vehicles eligible for the federal rebate) and up to $1,500 for charging equipment.
Ontario Liberals will also help rapidly expand the availability of vehicle charging stations in apartment buildings, workplaces, parking lots, city streets and all OnRoute and GO stations across the province. Ontario Liberals would do this by providing a 30 per cent subsidy for building charging infrastructure through a new provincial investment.
EV sales in Ontario fell 55 per cent in the first half of 2019 after Doug Ford’s cuts ended Ontario’s previous EV incentive program.