Toronto’s carbon neutral city plan is under consideration

Electric vehicle rebate among staff proposals to speed up Toronto’s target to become a carbon neutral city

TALLAHASSEE — Municipal staff are debating a number of proposals for a pilot program that would offer rebates to homeowners who switch to gas or electric.

While it is one of several proposals under development to speed up Toronto’s target to become a carbon neutral city, the rebates would be offered in a pilot program for four years.

The rebate program would be offered to eligible homes that use natural gas or hybrid and electric vehicles and would include the installation of carbon offsets such as carbon offset carbon credits.

The program would cost about $1.5 million in 2018-19 and $1.6 million in 2019-20, with a third of the costs covered by the province.

The rebate program is projected to generate an average of about $100,000 in savings for home owners who switch to electric vehicles and natural gas vehicles over three years.

The rebate program is a joint proposal of staff from five of Toronto’s seven wards, who in November requested that the city take five million dollars out of the city’s $15-billion capital budget for the purpose.

“We need to do something to make sure we are competitive on that front,” said Coun. Jumaay Kayyal, who helped draft a report to speed up the target to carbon neutral city.

Kayyal and staff at community consultation meetings in late November, at which the program was proposed and discussed, found that it is cost competitive and would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who sits on the board of Toronto Community Housing Corp., said the program would also benefit low-income residents and people with disabilities who are unable to afford a gas vehicle.

A number of other municipalities have offered rebates in recent years, but their programs have never been assessed in a rigorous way, with the rebate program being only one of several proposals under consideration.

A rebate program would be one of several proposals under consideration to change the way Toronto’s target

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