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Climate Change

Pricing Carbon Polution

Climate Change
  • In December 2016, the Government of Canada, along with most provinces and territories agreed to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to meet our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target and grow the economy.

  • This pan-Canadian approach to carbon pricing is a practical and cost-effective way to address climate change and will contribute to substantial emissions reductions, stimulate innovation, clean growth and jobs for the middle class. By putting a price on carbon pollution, the Government of Canada is fulfilling our commitment to address climate change in the most effective and economical way possible.

Powering Past Coal

  • Partnering with the United Kingdom, Canada is proud to lead an international movement – the Powering Past Coal Global Alliance, made up of businesses and all levels of government, taking action to accelerate clean growth and climate protection through the rapid phase-out of traditional coal power.

  • Powering Past Coal partners agree that phasing out traditional coal-fired electricity is one of the most important steps the international community can take to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, and that the phase-out of traditional coal-fired electricity can be done in a sustainable manner that will allow their economies to remain strong.

Phasing out Coal in Canada

Climate Change
  • On November 21, 2016, as an important part of the vision for a clean growth economy, we announced the acceleration of the transition from traditional coal power to clean energy by 2030.

  • Building a smart, integrated clean-electricity system will deliver reliable and affordable power where it is needed.

  • Phasing out of traditional coal power will mean cleaner air and jobs for the middle class. That is good for the climate and for the health of Canadians.

  • Many provinces already produce a significant amount of their power from non-emitting sources like hydro, wind, and solar, and they export clean electricity to neighbouring jurisdictions.

    We can do more — our goal is to achieve 90% of Canada’s electricity coming from non-emitting sources by 2030.

Canada-China Partnership on Climate Change

PM Trudeau and Premiere Li in China
  • On December 5, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Li Keqiang announced a new partnership between Canada and China on climate change and the environment, issuing a Joint Statement on Climate Change and Clean Growth, agreeing on the importance of supporting clean growth and addressing climate change through collaboration.

  • Canada and China are committed to work together to provide global leadership on combatting climate change through the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

  • Environmental protection is key to our progressive trade agenda and will provide even greater opportunities for businesses to provide innovative solutions for clean air, water and soil. This will lead to good, middle-class jobs and prosperity in both countries.

Green Municipal Fund

Climate Change
  • On June 23, 2017, the Honourable Catherine McKenna announced $72 million in funding for 48 projects in communities across Canada through the Green Municipal Fund.

  • With cities accounting for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Municipal Fund will support projects that directly or indirectly lower emissions, create good-paying jobs, and foster clean and healthy towns and cities across the country.

  • The total cumulative anticipated GHG reduction of the projects announced is over 310,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, which is equal to taking approximately 71,000 cars off the road for one year.

Reducing Oil and Gas Industry Methane Emissions

2014 Methan by Sector

2014 Methane Emissions in Canada

  • On May 25, 2017 we announced regulations to reduce methane emissions and air pollution from Canada’s oil and gas sector.

  • These regulations are part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to reduce methane emissions by 40-45% by 2025.

  • Reducing methane emissions will be like taking 5 million cars off the road per year. That means better air quality and healthier communities.
  • Reducing methane emissions can be good for business: it can be as simple as preventing wasteful leaks, which is one of the cheapest ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • The need for more affordable and reliable technology to reduce methane emissions will support innovation and jobs in the energy sector. Already, there are 170 Canadian companies providing methane clean tech services and they will hire more workers as the methane regulations are phased in.

Zero-Emissions Vehicle Strategy

EV Charging
  • On May 26, 2017, we announced our national zero-emissions vehicle strategy.

  • Under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, federal, provincial and territorial governments have committed to work with industry and stakeholders to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on Canadian roads by 2018.

  • A national Advisory Group will develop and analyze options in five areas of focus: vehicle supply, cost and benefits of ownership, infrastructure readiness, public awareness, and clean growth and clean jobs.

  • By putting more zero-emission vehicles on the road – including battery electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles – we are addressing climate change, and investing in the future of cleaner transportation for all Canadians.

  • A zero-emission vehicles strategy provides an important opportunity to create highly skilled middle class jobs and become a global leader in innovation and the clean economy.

  • This will not only create good jobs, but give Canadians more choice the next time they need to buy a vehicle.

Boosting Clean Technology

Clean Growth
  • We know that a clean environment and a strong economy go hand in hand. The global clean technology market presents a promising opportunity for Canadian businesses, a source of new clean jobs for the middle class, and a driver of prosperity for all Canadians.

  • Canada has the opportunity to be a true global leader in clean technology — creating good, well-paying jobs for Canadians while helping to meet our climate change goals.

  • We are boosting the growth of Canada’s clean technology sector to foster the growth of Canadian technologies and companies. Budget 2017 includes $1.4 billion in new financing through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada that is committed to clean technology. We have also committed $400 million over five years to Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

Clean Growth Program

Clean Growth
  • On November 20, 2017The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $155-million program that will fund clean technology projects in the areas of energy, mining and forestry, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve environmental outcomes. The new Clean Growth Program is the first of its kind to promote and require collaboration with the provinces and territories.

  • Canada’s clean-growth economy starts with a sustainable and globally competitive natural resources sector, which creates good middle class jobs and long-term prosperity for Canadians.

  • The new Clean Growth Program is the first program of its kind to require provincial and territorial collaboration for funding eligibility. It is the result of extensive provincial, territorial and multi-sector engagement to develop key areas that reflect the unique and diverse priorities across the country.

  • The program comes on the heels of Generation Energy, a six-month national conversation on Canada’s energy future. It is an example of our government’s new collaborative approach, which involves leveraging investment in publicly funded research, laboratories and programs to better promote clean technologies.

  • Clean growth is good for Canadians and our economy. It plays to our competitive advantage as clean technology innovation will make our country a global leader in the transition to a low carbon economy and cleaner future.

  • Smart investments in clean technology can build on this Canadian advantage, ensure we meet our climate change commitments, and create new opportunities and markets for our ingenuity and know-how.

Green Jobs for Youth in Natural Resource Sectors

Clean Growth
  • As a key part of our Youth Employment Strategy, we are investing more than $16 million through the Green Jobs Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP) to create 1,200 green jobs for Canadian youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the natural resource sectors. This investment represents a tenfold increase in the Science Technology Internship Program.

  • These paid internships will help alleviate anticipated shortages of skilled workers in STEM by increasing the number of skilled young Canadians in the workforce and offering the next generation a real and fair chance at success.

  • Canadian youth already have the talent and drive to succeed in the labour market. Our government’s continued investment in green jobs through the Youth Employment Strategy will help them transition from school to work; to kick-start their careers and drive Canada’s green future.

Investing in Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure
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Canadian Infrastructure Bank

Canada Infrastructure Bank
  • The Canadian Infrastructure Bank enables municipal and provincial partners to finance large projects at reduced rates of interest.

  • At least $5 billion will be available over the next 11 years for green infrastructure projects, including those that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, deliver clean air and safe water systems, and promote renewable power.

Budget 2017

Budget 2017

Budget 2017 delivers a number of climate-change initiatives, such as:

  • Energy Efficiency and Lower Emissions in Transportation
  • Greener Homes
  • Clean Technology and Innovation
  • Climate Resilience
  • Green Infrastructure, and
  • Strategic Green Investments.

Greening Government

Paris Accord
  • On November 3, 2016, the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, announced that the Government of Canada will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.

  • We know that as a government we must lead the way and do our part to meet the challenges of climate change. That’s why in Budget 2016 we provided $2.1 billion towards repairs, retrofits, and the modernization of a wide range of government buildings and to the greening of government operations.

  • The new Centre for Greening Government at the Treasury Board Secretariat will coordinate efforts across government and drive results to make sure we meet our objectives.

Paris Agreement

Paris Accord
  • We ratified the Paris Agreement in support of our commitment to be a leader on climate change.

  • Our action will bring the world over the threshold of 55 countries accounting for 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions needed to bring the Paris Agreement into force.