Ontario's environment minister insists the province won't eliminate natural gas for home heating as part of a soon-to-be-released plan to fight climate change.
Glen Murray refused to confirm or deny a Globe and Mail report saying the province would spend $7 billion over four years to reduce its carbon footprint, partly by phasing out residential natural gas heating and greatly increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road.
"Within the next couple of weeks you'll see the entire action plan, supporting documents will be properly released," Murray told reporters.
The province's goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by '30 and 80 per cent by '50.
The Globe said it obtained a copy of the 57-page Climate Change Action Plan that calls on the province to phase out natural gas for heating, which is currently used in 76 per cent of Ontario homes.
It said the government would spend $3.8 billion on grants, rebates and subsidies to retrofit buildings and move them off natural gas and onto geothermal, solar or other forms of energy. The plan would require that all new homes built in Ontario in 2030 or later be heated without the use of fossil fuels.