Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

Ontario's poor score on energy efficiency Ford's fault, people will pay

Published on November 18, 2020

QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario NDP critic for Energy and The Climate Crisis Peter Tabuns says a new report evaluating the provinces' energy efficiency gives Ontario a shameful score of 45 out of 100, confirmation the Ford government is dragging Ontario backwards on electricity costs and climate change.

Efficiency Canada's provincial energy efficiency policy scorecard shows Ontario slashed its spending on electricity conservation by more than half, is falling behind on electricity savings and failing to meet its own environmental targets.

"Ontarians are seeing their electricity bills go up, paying the price for Ford’s choices,” said Tabuns. “Ford campaigned on lowering hydro bills by 12 per cent, but has dragged us in the opposite direction.

"This is the premier who cancelled green energy programs and yanked EV charging stations out of the ground. He charged us all hundreds of thousands of dollars extra to rip down wind farms that were paid for and built.

"Unless the Ford government reverses its policies on electricity conservation, Ontarians will continue to pay rising electricity bills, and environmental protections won't happen, putting all Ontarians at risk for generations to come."