Proposed Act May Mean Jobs for Ontario

Premier Dalton McGuinty said a proposed Green Energy Act would help lead to more than 50,000 new jobs over the next three years, according to a Feb. 3 press release.

The Green Energy Act, to be introduced in the Ontario legislature later this month, would establish Ontario as a leader in North America in building renewable energy, encouraging energy conservation, and creating green jobs.

The bill would help the government ensure the province's future by expanding Ontario's use of clean and renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar, biomass and biogas.

"Everywhere I go in Ontario, people tell me they want us to build a greener province. I'll be introducing legislation soon that would make Ontario a world-leading jurisdiction for renewable energy, with best-in-class programs designed to yield best-in-class progress to attract investment and create 21st century job opportunities for Ontarians," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.

In addition, McGuinty said Ontario is planning to modernize its electricity transmission system to make it more reliable and more able to accommodate renewable power.

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