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  • March 09, 2018

Ontario Helping Hamilton’s Mohawk College and McMaster University Fight Climate Change and Improve Energy Efficiency

Ontario’s Carbon Market Funding Improvements to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution


NEWS                                                                                                                   March 9, 2018 


Ontario is reducing greenhouse gas pollution and supporting student achievement by investing in energy improvements at college and university campuses across the province. This investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market.


Hamilton’s Mohawk College and McMaster University will receive funding that will improve the energy efficiency of their campuses, including :


  • Installing energy-efficient windows and high-efficiency boiler replacements
  • Larger retrofits, upgrades and new construction for projects that achieve significant emissions reductions and/or demonstrate innovative approaches to increase campus sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas pollution
  • Projects that reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs through interest-free loans


Ontario's carbon market proceeds are required by law to be invested in programs that help households, businesses and public institutions reduce greenhouse gas pollution.


Supporting Ontario's colleges and universities to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.




“Mohawk is committed to environmental sustainability and the Province’s investment allows us to significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions while also decreasing our energy costs and creating learning opportunities for our students.”

 – Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie


"McMaster University appreciates the opportunity to take part in the Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofit Program.  A sustainable campus is a priority for McMaster and this program will help further upgrade our facilities to be more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

- Roger Couldrey, Vice President Administration, McMaster University.



 “Congratulations to Mohawk and McMaster for participating in retrofitting your campus buildings 21st Century style. This investment will go far to reduce GHG emissions which benefits everyone in our local community. Thanks to the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan for making this building modernization possible.”

-Ted McMeekin MPP, Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale


“Ontario’s colleges and universities are some of the best places in the world to study. By investing in repairs and retrofits on campuses across the province that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency, we can extend the life of valuable infrastructure and provide students with the best possible learning environment to pursue their goals and achieve their potential.”

— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development


“This investment is another example of how our Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market work together to help cut our greenhouse gas pollution while making life better for Ontario residents. This program gives our colleges and universities an opportunity to modernize their campuses, increase the comfort of their students and inspire future generations to help build our low-carbon economy.”

— Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change




  • In 2017-18, Ontario is investing over $214 million in grants and making available up to $300 million in interest-free loans to retrofit college and university facilities through the Greenhouse Gas Campus Retrofit Program. 
  • In November 2017, Ontario issued a call for proposals from publicly-assisted colleges and universities for innovative approaches to increase campus sustainability.
  • McMaster and Mohawk will participate in the campus retrofit program to improve the energy efficiency of their campuses.
  • The Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution by 80 per cent by 2050, while investing in programs that help Ontario families and businesses save money and lower greenhouse gas emissions.








Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan

Cap and Trade in Ontario





For further information, please contact Ted McMeekin 905-690-6552


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