The Ontario government is investing $200 million to provide energy efficiency upgrades at nearly 600 schools across the province. The investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from Ontario’s cap on pollution and carbon market.
The investment will be used towards school improvement projects including the installation of new solar panels, hot water boilers and LED lighting systems in schools across the province. The projects will also help fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas pollution from school buildings.
This funding is part of Ontario’s investment of $1.4 billion this year to improve school buildings by repairing and upgrading elements, including roofs, flooring and plumbing systems.
“Ontario’s actions to help schools fight climate change and improve energy efficiency will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and ensure greener, more inspiring learning environments for our children,” said Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, in a press release. “This is an example of how our Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market are working together to save energy costs while moving us towards a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous low-carbon future for everyone in Ontario.”