McCarthy Tetrault

Ontario’s Environment Plan: Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On November 29, 2018, the Ontario government released its Environment Plan: Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations. This Plan outlines, in broad strokes, the government’s intended actions and policies for addressing many environment-related issues in Ontario, including the pollution of air, land, and water, the reduction of… [Read More…] about Ontario’s Environment Plan: Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations

Moving Forward: Carbon Taxes and Rebates

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On October 24, 2018, the federal government announced its intention to move forward with a federal carbon pricing system beginning in 2019. As reported in previous blog posts, the federal government has been working on implementing a federal “price on pollution” since 2016, when it announced its Pan-Canadian Framework on… [Read More…] about Moving Forward: Carbon Taxes and Rebates

No Duty to Consult Indigenous Groups on Legislation – Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC, or the Court) has ruled that there is no duty to consult Indigenous groups at any stage of the law-making process.[i]  This is an important ruling as the recognition of a justiciable duty to consult in the legislative process would have… [Read More…] about No Duty to Consult Indigenous Groups on Legislation – Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada

Rounding Out the Climate Plan: Manitoba Supplements Carbon Levy with Proposed Output-based Carbon Pricing System for Large Emitters

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. Manitoba recently released its Draft Regulatory Framework for a Made-in-Manitoba Output-based Pricing System (the Draft OBPS Framework), which meets the commitment made by the Manitoba government in its 2017 Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan to develop an output-based pricing system (OBPS) for large industrial emitters. The Draft OBPS Framework follows the… [Read More…] about Rounding Out the Climate Plan: Manitoba Supplements Carbon Levy with Proposed Output-based Carbon Pricing System for Large Emitters

Ontario Government Winds Down Cap & Trade Program and Overhauls Approach to Climate Change

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On July 25, 2018, the newly formed Ontario Government introduced Bill 4, the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018 (the “new Act”), which repeals the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 (the “old Act”) and provides for the wind-down of the province’s cap and trade program[1]. The new Act also… [Read More…] about Ontario Government Winds Down Cap & Trade Program and Overhauls Approach to Climate Change

To Remediate or Not to Remediate: Alberta Introduces Amendments to Provincial Remediation Certificate Program

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. Following stakeholder review and consultation, the Government of Alberta passed the Remediation Certificate Amendment Regulation by Order in Council on June 1, 2018. The Regulation, which will come into force on January 1, 2019, updates the current Remediation Certificate Regulation and re-names it the Remediation Regulation (the Regulation). Section 117 of the Environmental Protection… [Read More…] about To Remediate or Not to Remediate: Alberta Introduces Amendments to Provincial Remediation Certificate Program

Taking a Closer Look at the Implications of Ontario’s Announcement to Cancel its Cap-and-Trade Program

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. As promised during the election campaign, Ontario Premier-Designate Doug Ford announced that Ontario’s incoming government would dismantle the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission trading system, which has been in force in Ontario since January 1, 2017. In a press release issued on June 15, 2018, Mr. Ford indicated that his… [Read More…] about Taking a Closer Look at the Implications of Ontario’s Announcement to Cancel its Cap-and-Trade Program

Target 2030 and Beyond: BC Government Unveils Legislation to Update Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On May 7, 2018, the BC government unveiled Bill 34, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Amendment Act, 2018, which updates the province’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. The bill repeals the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act (GGRTA), passed by the former Liberal government in 2007, and replaces it with… [Read More…] about Target 2030 and Beyond: BC Government Unveils Legislation to Update Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

BC Hydro Freezes Issuance of New EPAs; SOP and Micro-SOP to Remain On Hold Pending Completion of Review

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. On March 14, 2018, BC Hydro announced that the Standing Offer Program (“SOP”) and Micro‑Standing Offer Program (“Micro-SOP”) will remain on hold until the BC government has completed its operational review of BC Hydro. No additional electricity purchase agreements (“EPAs”) will be issued until this review is complete. In conjunction with… [Read More…] about BC Hydro Freezes Issuance of New EPAs; SOP and Micro-SOP to Remain On Hold Pending Completion of Review

BC Government Sets the Stage for “Revitalizing” the Provincial Environmental Assessment Process

Courtesy of McCarthy Tetrault. View original article here. Changes are on the horizon for the BC Environmental Assessment (EA) process. On March 7, 2018, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman announced that the provincial government will “revitalize” the provincial EA process with a view to enhancing public confidence, advancing reconciliation with First Nations, and… [Read More…] about BC Government Sets the Stage for “Revitalizing” the Provincial Environmental Assessment Process