Climate Change

Ontario has made significant progress to address climate change and will continue to do its part.


A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan

Ontario's total greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by 22 per cent since 2005 – even while the rest of Canada saw emissions increase by 3 per cent during that same time.

On November 29, 2018, the Ontario Government released their Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan that considers our province’s specific priorities, challenges and opportunities, and commits to reducing our emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, a target that aligns with the Federal Government’s Paris commitments.

We will address climate change by:

Building resilience: helping families and communities prepare

We are committed to preparing families and communities for the costs and impacts of climate change, and to protecting our natural environment, communities, businesses and municipalities. We will improve our understanding of how climate change will impact Ontario.

  • The government will be following through on its commitment to undertake Ontario’s first-ever broad, multi-sector provincial climate change impact assessment to identify where the province is vulnerable and which regions and economic sectors are most likely to be impacted.
  • Ontario is helping make information available to homeowners on the practical and affordable actions they can take to help lower their risk of basement flooding, such as by supporting the Home Flood Protection Program.

For more information on how climate change affects our natural resources click here.

Drought Planning

Planning for drought in Ontario has become of increasing concern due to the recurrence of droughts, increased development pressure, and anticipated impacts from climate change. To view the Quinte Region Drought Plan 2021 Final Report