Environment

Environment

  • Support Forest Ontario’s tree planting goals and expand the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program to reward landowners for planting trees.
  • Create incentives to reward landowners for increasing the organic content of their soil and for sequestering carbon.
  • Support research to improve soil health, including developing accurate and consistent quantification methods.
  • Implement stronger protections for wetlands, grasslands and woodlots.
  • Apply a climate lens to all planning decisions, environmental assessments and planning laws to help transition our communities to a fossil fuel free future.
  • Reform the Environmental Bill of Rights to include the principle of the right to a healthy environment for all Ontarians, ensure meaningful citizen participation and provide funding for education, and empower the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario to initiate investigations.
  • Ensure that new international free trade agreements only be made in consultation with municipal governments, local communities and indigenous people, without jeopardizing our environment.
  • Oppose investor-state dispute mechanisms that undermine our sovereign ability to protect Ontario’s water, farmland and natural resources.
  • Raise levies and royalties for aggregates, water, and mining to fully recover the costs of monitoring and managing these essential resources, while providing companies with a financial incentive to prioritize conservation.
  • Establish a rigorous provincial biodiversity monitoring and reporting program as an early warning system of species loss. This would include information on Ontario’s wildlife, including population trends and habitat quality, so that we can monitor the province’s biodiversity to identify and mitigate decline.
  • Develop a plan to reduce road salt use by 50% on roads, sidewalks and parking areas.
  • Reinstate the deposit and return system for all soft drink containers, which was hastily abandoned without public consultation in the mid 1990s.
  • Create incentives for companies to design products and processes to reduce waste and make products easily repairable and upgradable.