Ontario is the first jurisdiction in North America to remove coal-fired electricity and the government said it is committed to build a clean electricity for future generations.

The move from the government is a key step as coal-fired power contributes to health-damaging smog.

It is also a source of climate-destabilizing greenhouse gases that contribute to severe weather events like tornadoes, flooding and heavy rainstorms.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said climate change is a transformative issue, and one of the most urgent environmental challenges.

"By eliminating coal-fired power in the province for good, this act would build on the progress we have made in protecting our environment, our health and the air that we breathe," Wynne added.

As part of the plans, the five coal-fired electricity generating stations in Ontario located at Atikokan, Lakeshore, Lambton, Nanticoke and Thunder Bay have all stopped burning coal.

Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray said the Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act is an important step in fighting climate change and reducing pollution.

"This legislation confronts climate change and announces the arrival of Ontario’s first coal-free generation – kids who will grow up breathing air unpolluted by Ontario’s big coal-burning electricity plants, which have emitted smog-causing contaminants throughout our lifetimes," Murray said.