I am very pleased to talk with you today about the new Green Ontario Fund. Ontario is helping people across the province save money while fighting climate change.

The Green Ontario Fund is a new not-for-profit provincial agency that will deliver programs and rebates to help reduce energy costs in homes and businesses. It is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

Ontario is investing $377 million from its cap on pollution and carbon market in the Green Ontario Fund to make it easier for businesses and households to adopt proven low-carbon technologies.

The Green Ontario Fund will provide and install new smart thermostats at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. Green Ontario Fund technicians will also provide a personalized home energy report to help individuals identify further ways to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. Owners and renters of detached, semi-detached, town and row homes can register for the GreenON Installations program. Renters must have their landlords’ permission to register. More programs for residents, businesses and industry will be announced in the coming months.

Smart thermostats give consumers the choice and convenience of turning their home’s temperature up or down, while at work or on vacation. Studies show that residents can save up to 15 per cent on their energy bills by adjusting the temperature a couple of degrees at night or when no one is home. Making it easier and more convenient for homeowners and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and save money is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Over the next three years, the Green Ontario Fund will deliver programs and services outlined in Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, including up to $1.2 billion to help businesses and industries adopt low-carbon technologies and up to $1.2 billion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in buildings.

View the websites below to see how small changes can help save money while reducing greenhouse gas pollution:

Green Ontario Fund – https://greenon.ca

GreenON Installations Program – https://greenon.ca/GreenON-Installations

Climate Change Action Plan – https://www.ontario.ca/page/climate-change-action-plan

As always, my staff and I are here to support you by answering your questions and resolving issues related to provincial government services. Please do not hesitate to contact my Constituency Office.  You may stop by in person at 300 Kingston Road, Pickering, Unit 7, call us at 905-509-0336, or send me an email at tmaccharles.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org.  If you would like to receive our quarterly e-newsletter, please send your email to the above address with the subject line “e-newsletter”.  You may also subscribe online in the “News” section of my website: http://tracymaccharles.onmpp.ca.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.