Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Act will be repealed, meaning thousands of tonnes of toxic chemicals will go into our air. Air pollution is a serious threat to Ontarians’ health.
The Ontario government will repeal the Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) and reverse progress on air pollution. This is a serious threat to our health, and a daily reality for many communities living at the fenceline of industrial hubs, such as Sarnia.
Instead of standing up for Ontarians’ right to breathe clean air, the Ontario government will repeal the TRA, and effectively give the green light to big polluters to dump toxics into our air, water and communities with little to no accountability. The government needs to uphold the TRA and ensure that it is properly enforced.
Air pollution and toxic exposures are a key driver of illness and premature death in Ontario. The TRA promised to reduce the use of toxics in industry and our exposure to harmful chemicals in the air, water and consumer goods. Despite being only a few years old and not fully proclaimed in force, this law helped remove more than 175,000 tonnes of toxics from products and industry.
Premier Ford promised to “come down heavy on polluters” during the election campaign. The best way to keep that promise is to uphold the TRA and bring its unproclaimed sections to force. This will help put Ontario on track to be a leader in pollution prevention and a hub for clean production and innovation.
For more information about the risks to Ontario’s clean air, see the links below and visit our resources page.