Sylvia Jones has worked across party lines to support environmental legislation since entering the provincial legislature in 2007. In 2016, she co-sponsored a bill with Liberal MPP and GreenPAC endorsee Arthur Potts to promote local farming and craft cider production. In 2017, she co-sponsored the Organic Products Act with New Democrat MPP and GreenPAC endorsee Peter Tabuns, to establish a provincial organic standard and expand the market for organic food. She also introduced bills to promote recycling and ensure that Ontarians are informed when untreated or partially treated sewage enters their local waterways. Sylvia is a member of Ontario Nature, financially supported the Bruce Trail Conservancy’s land acquisition program, and has been a member of a Community Supported Agriculture farm for eight years.
Full Environmental History
2000s - Member of Ontario Nature, Dufferin Hi-Lands Bruce Trail, Caledon Hills Bruce Trail and Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). She financially supported the land acquisition program of the Bruce Trail Conservancy and has planted trees in the Town of Orangeville and Simcoe County.
2007-present - Member of Provincial Parliament, where she introduced numerous environmental bills including:
- Recycling Promotion Act (2014), which would increase the use of recycled aggregates and ensure that recycled aggregate could not be excluded when bids were submitted.
- Growing Ontario's Craft Cider Industry Act (2016), co-sponsored by Liberal MPP Arthur Potts, which would promote local craft cider production and benefit local farmers in Ontario.
- Sewage Bypass Reporting Act (2017), which would ensure that Ontarians know when untreated or partially treated sewage is bypassed into their local waterways. It received support from 40 municipalities.
- Organic Products Act (2017), co-sponsored by NDP MPP Peter Tabuns, which would create an organic standard in Ontario and help grow the organic food market.