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The province of Ontario introduced the Open for Business Act on May 17, which is expected to create a more competitive business climate while protecting the environment and public interest. The Act would harmonize the province's business practices with those of other North American jurisdictions. The proposed legislation also includes proposed amendments aimed at supporting a strong workforce, advancing fairness in the workplace, and promoting more efficient government. Reaction to the proposed legislation has been mixed.

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the province and spur public sector organizations and BC
businesses to find innovative ways to tackle climate
                                                                                          Alberta
change.’’
                                                                  Commercial Vehicle Rebate Program
      The investment will be allocated as follows:
                                                                      The Government of Alberta began offering a $2 million
●    $6 million in K–12 schools throughout the province for       rebate program on June 1 to commercial truck owners and
    heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning retrofits;         operators who use hybrid trucks or install energy efficient
                                                                  technologies such as aerodynamic aids and technologies
●   $2 million for solar thermal projects to fund solar hot       to reduce idling times in their vehicles. The program is
    water and air systems, also supporting the 100,000 solar      being administered by the non-profit organization Climate
    roof initiative;                                              Change Central and aims to reduce the trucking sector’s
                                                                  greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 97,000 tonnes.
●   $12 million for district energy systems; and
                                                                       The Alberta Motor Transport Association has worked
●   $5 million for an open call for proposals to all provincial   with the Alberta government since 2005 to determine how
    public sector organizations, similar to those in the first    to help reduce GHG emissions through more efficient fuel
    two years of the program.                                     use practices and technologies. In addition to financial
                                                                  incentives, 25 companies will also receive a tailored fleet
     As a result of other investments in energy efficiency        analysis, which aims to demonstrate how to make their
(including the creation of the Public Sector Energy Conser-       fuel go further. Several workshops will also be held to edu-
vation Agreement in partnership with BC Hydro in 2007,            cate operators on how to reduce fuel costs by maximizing
and funding from Budget 2008 in the amount of $75 million         fleet performance.
over three years to assist public sector organizations), the
province has seen annual energy cost savings to date of               For further information on eligible retrofits and how to
close to $7.4 million, GHG reductions of over                     apply for a rebate, visit www.TrucksofTomorrow.com.
18,700 tonnes, and conservation of 38.6 GWh of electricity.


                                                                                          Ontario
Community GHG Emissions Reports
Enabled                                                           Open for Business Act Introduced
     British Columbia has released the Community Energy               The province of Ontario introduced the Open for Bus-
and Emissions Inventory (CEEI) reports for all BC local gov-      iness Act on May 17, which is expected to create a more
ernments, providing a consistent set of 2007 energy con-          competitive business climate while protecting the environ-
sumption and GHG emissions for all BC communities,                ment and public interest. The Act would harmonize the
which can be used by local governments to track the pro-          province’s business practices with those of other North
gress of policies and programs designed to lower GHG              American jurisdictions.
emissions. Activities covered under the inventory include
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