Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA)
The Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA), established in 1997, is a coalition of individuals and approximately 90 organizations (health and environmental organizations, faith communities, municipalities, utilities, unions and corporations) that represent over six million Ontarians. The OCAA led the fight to phase out coal-fired electricity in Ontario, the largest single climate change action in North America. After a 17 year campaign, Ontario's final coal plant shut down in April 2014.
The phase out of coal power eliminated Ontario's largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions, and smog builders like sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. It also eliminated a massive source of dangerous particulate matter, which can damage hearts and lungs, and toxins, including mercury, cadmium and lead.
Now the OCAA is working to move Ontario to a 100% renewable electricity grid. This would preclude rebuilding Bruce and Darlington’s nuclear fleet, the government’s current plan, and investing instead in conservation and renewables including water power from Quebec and made-in-ON green energy. OCAA is also advocating for a phase out of all natural gas in the province.