• Quebec and Saskatchewan Introduce New Climate Change Legislation
  • October 9, 2009 | Author: Adam Chamberlain
  • Law Firm: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Toronto Office
  • On May 11, 2009 the Government of Saskatchewan introduced Bill 95, its first comprehensive climate change legislation with a focus on reducing greenhouse gases and adapting to climate change. The following day the Government of Quebec introduced its own plan through Bill 42 which seeks to amend an existing statute and create a provincial cap and trade system. While the Saskatchewan bill is modeled on the federal reduction target and will seek equivalency with the federal plan, the Quebec bill will establish a cap and trade system with hard caps on the absolute amount of allowable emissions and includes several provisions that explicitly contemplate policy integration with regional and international climate change initiatives.