Taking the edge off Ontario’s surplus

Here’s an idea: let’s start with a body charged up and backed by Ontario’s ambition to embrace all forms of sustainable energy as well as its willingness to invest in a testbed to implement…

Taking the edge off Ontario's surplus

Here’s an idea: let’s start with a body charged up and backed by Ontario’s ambition to embrace all forms of sustainable energy as well as its willingness to invest in a testbed to implement these.

This wouldn’t be the first thing Ford wants from its new plant, with jobs already going, but the provinces of Quebec and Ontario already working to support green manufacturing in the province and a million cars being sold in Ontario in five years — the kind of progress drivers crave — is all well and good, but we also need leadership.

Ford Motor Co on Monday announced it would be building electric and self-driving cars and trucks in Windsor, Ont., where more than 800,000 cars and trucks are sold each year. Reuters reported its commitment to build a plant on U.S. soil is an important step towards advancing its offer to manufacture electric Ford Focus sedans and Super Duty pickup trucks in the state of New York at a new factory and invest $700 million.

Early this month, The Boston Consulting Group predicted that private electric car sales in Canada and the United States would reach 3.3 million per year by 2023, a potential increase of more than fivefold from the roughly 828,000 electric vehicles sold globally in 2017. Electric vehicles already represent 6.5% of all U.S. car sales, with a projected share of 16% by 2023. In China, car sales will nearly double to 9.5 million vehicles per year by 2023, representing 18% of total vehicle sales.

Ontario is also making headway in shifting from fossil fuels to energy sources that are both sustainable and convenient to businesses and consumers. Already, Ontario boasts of having the lowest electricity prices in Canada.

The latest Plan to Grow Ontario, which was introduced in January and outlines Ontario’s ambition to power up its industries with clean, affordable energy. The plan, Ontario’s fourth set of recommendations under its Climate Change Action Plan, aims to create a competitive industrial landscape where all types of companies can thrive, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering the price on energy.

Ontario’s latest Plan to Grow Ontario, which was introduced in January and outlines Ontario’s ambition to power up its industries with clean, affordable energy. The plan, Ontario’s fourth set of recommendations under its Climate Change Action Plan, aims to create a competitive industrial landscape where all types of companies can thrive, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering the price on energy.

The central plank of the plan is infrastructure, and specifically improving transport and building transit options — strengthening the capacity for mobility through transit.

We are now on track to deliver over 1.5 million more transit trips a year by 2020, with transformative investments that will help build this massive movement to change the way people get around.

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