Four myths about Ontario’s cap-and-trade system

Climate and Energy

Ontario’s cap-and-trade system is now in force and is the focus of much debate. Amidst all of the discussion, there is plenty of rhetoric, hyperbole, and questionable statements. Some of these have grown into large and scary myths which need to be debunked. The first myth is that the cap-and-trade system will significantly raise the […]

Renewable Portfolio Standards in the world of carbon pricing

With or without you: Renewable Portfolio Standards in the world of carbon pricing

Climate and Energy

In the fourth instalment of our blog series on the role of complementary climate policies, I ask: Can a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) work as a substitute for carbon pricing? What about as a complement to carbon pricing? I draw on examples from Nova Scotia and PEI to explore both options. What is an RPS […]

Comparing Stringency of Carbon Pricing Policies

TLDR: Comparing Stringency of Carbon Pricing Policies

Climate and Energy

We have a new report out this week on comparing the stringency of provincial carbon pricing policies. In case you don’t have time to read it all, this blog provides quick overview of the essentials. Be sure to check out the full report for (much) more detail. Comparing stringency is important… but trickier than it […]

Ontario HOT lane pilot project - congestion pricing

Ontario’s Coming HOT Lane Pilot Project

Livable Cities

Late last year, Ontario announced the details of two high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane projects as a means to improve traffic flow in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Province will start by implementing a HOT lane—a hybrid of a tolled road and a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane—as a pilot project on a busy stretch of […]

Carbon pricing - COP21 - Paris - UNFCCC

There and Back Again: Subnational, National, and International Climate Policy

Climate and Energy

by Dale Beugin, Research Director The road to Paris and the 2015 UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) seems to be increasingly crowded. It starts with the provinces. Ontario is working out the details of its cap-and-trade partnership with Quebec, and new recommendations are imminent from both Alberta’s and BC’s expert advisory panels. That road […]