The short-circuit in Ontario’s manufacturing sector

The province’s high electricity prices – driven by wrong-headed policies – are responsible for a staggering 75,000 manufacturing job losses

The short-circuit in Ontario’s manufacturing sectorBy Ross McKitrick and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Soaring electricity costs have devastated Ontario's manufacturing sector. In the 1990s and into the 2000s, Ontario was a low-electricity-cost jurisdiction. This competitive advantage helped attract business and foster economic growth in the province. But in recent years, due largely to the inefficiencies of the Green Energy Act (2009),…

Take a deep breath: Canada’s air quality is much improved

Data indicates it is time for policy-makers to consider regulatory relief rather than a further tightening of pollution standards

Take a deep breath: Canada’s air quality is much improvedBy Ross McKitrick and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Canadians care about the environment, especially the quality of the air we breathe. A 2016 survey by University of Montreal researchers found that 73 per cent of Canadians polled want the government to increase efforts to improve air quality and public health. And many commentators continue to suggest…

It’s official – Ontario’s coal phase-out was all for nothing

Phasing out coal had almost no effect on Ontario’s air pollution levels – and the government knew this was likely to be the case

It’s official – Ontario’s coal phase-out was all for nothingThe federal Liberal government plans to impose a national coal phase-out is based on the same faulty arguments used in Ontario, namely that such a move will yield significant environmental benefits and reduce health-care costs. Those arguments never made sense, and now with the Ontario phase-out complete, we can verify not only that they were…

Energy conservation programs in Ontario waste of time, money

Ontario taxpayers and ratepayers left paying even higher bills because of Ontario’s conservation programs

Energy conservation programs in Ontario waste of time, moneyOntario consumers have poured billions into conservation programs that promise to increase the efficient use of electricity and save consumers money. The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) spent nearly $400 million on conservation programs in 2013 alone. And one Ontario government agency – the Independent Electricity System Operator – plans to spend an additional $3.1 billion…