Ontario Taps Into Clean-Water Expertise
McGuinty Government Making Ontario A Clean-Water Leader
Ontario is on its way to becoming a global leader in clean water.
Premier Dalton McGuinty spent Earth Day in London, where he visited Purifics ES Inc., a local clean-water technology company. The Premier also chaired a round-table discussion with local industry experts. They discussed some of the ways Ontario can create jobs by taking the lead in developing and selling technologies and services for water conservation and treatment.
As part of its Open Ontario Plan -- a five-year plan to create jobs and growth -- the government is introducing legislation that would build on Ontario's expertise in clean-water technology.
The Premier also visited Tecumseh Public School in London, an innovative green school that has been a gold-certified Ontario EcoSchool for three consecutive years. Ontario is incorporating environmental education into all grades and subjects in an effort to help students become more aware of environmental challenges and solutions.
- The Conference Board of Canada estimates the global market for water technology is more than $400 billion US per year, and is doubling every five to six years.
- In the next 20 years, global demand for water is expected to be 40 per cent greater than current supply.
- Ontario companies employ 22,000 people in good, high-paying jobs selling water technology around the world.
- Ontario is piloting a variety of innovative green products and technologies in over 150 schools through the Green School Pilot Initiative.
“We are committed to working with our colleges, universities and entrepreneurs to create even more Ontario jobs and attract even more clean-water expertise and investment to our province. We want to build on our strong foundation of water expertise and help lead the world in clean-water technology.”
“I can think of no better way to recognize Earth Day than to be talking to students and sharing their enthusiasm for going green. Each of us can make a difference and that is a lesson that is being well understood in our schools.”
“The London area has dynamic environmental companies, skilled workers and world-leading research institutions. We are well-positioned to help Ontario become a global leader in the water and wastewater sector -- while creating good jobs for local families.”