Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Bill 9: The Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students in all settings and roles across Ontario.

RNAO welcomes the introduction of Bill 9, which prevents backsliding on Ontario’s huge success in stopping the use of coal for electricity generation. We thank the Standing Committee on General Government for this opportunity to offer recommendations and comment on the Bill.

RNAO’s Recommendations

RNAO offers the following recommendations arising out of Bill 9:

  1. Pass Bill 9 without amendments that could weaken its intent to bar future coal-fired power plants.
  2. Design and implement a comprehensive program that will meet or exceed Ontario's emission reduction targets of 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 per cent below by 2050. Integrate a greenhouse gas reduction perspective into policy in all relevant areas, including across all ministries.
  3. Design and implement a carbon pricing mechanism that is as comprehensive as possible, including transportation fuels, and that minimizes exemptions.
  4. Use all available tools to move the bar on toxics in Ontario, including:
    a. setting pollutant reduction targets under the Great Lakes Protection Act and
    b. bringing into force all the parts of the Toxics Reduction Act, including
    i. penalties and enforcement sections,
    ii. a mechanism to deal with unlisted substances of concern,
    iii. section 50 (1)(o.1) regulating the manufacture, sale or distribution of a toxic substance, substance of concern or other prescribed substance.
    iv. section 50 (1)(o.2) requiring manufacturers, vendors and distributors of the above substances to notify the public about those products.

We thank the Standing Committee on General Government for this opportunity to offer recommendations on Bill 9, the Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act and look forward to seeing our recommendations accounted in the final Bill.

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