CIAC welcomes Ontario’s Low Carbon Hydrogen Strategy
April 08, 2022
The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) congratulates the Hon. Todd Smith, Ontario Minister of Energy and Hon. David Piccini, Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks on the release of the Ontario Low-Carbon Hydrogen Strategy.
Achieving net-zero emissions for all of Canada will require chemistry-based solutions. CIAC is very pleased to see the government take concrete steps to create the conditions to lever hydrogen for a lower-carbon future for the benefit of businesses and people across the province, such as:
- Highlighting the chemical manufacturing industry as a key stakeholder in the hydrogen value chain.
- Including the Sarnia-Lambton cluster in the list of Hydrogen Hub communities
- Identifying carbon sequestration as a critical element in the Hydrogen strategy
“Ontario’s Low Carbon Hydrogen Strategy will help to create the conditions that attract new innovative investments to decarbonize production and create high value jobs throughout Ontario’s chemistry industry,” said Bob Masterson, CIAC President and CEO. “CIAC and its members look forward to working with Ontario on this important initiative.”
Ontario’s nearly $25-billion chemistry industry is the third-largest manufacturing industry in the province, directly employing over 43,800 Ontarians in well-paying jobs and supporting another 260,000 Ontario jobs in other sectors. Our members are key employers in the Sarnia-Lambton, GTA/Niagara and Eastern Ontario regions of the province.
Our sector provides important inputs to a range of key manufacturing sectors in the province including automotive, forest products, construction, and food and beverage. The chemistry sector is a key source of innovation and is an indispensable solutions provider in the area of global climate change and managing plastic waste. The industry is global and Ontario’s chemical manufacturers must compete globally both for market share and investment.