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Climate Change in Budget 2017

Energy Efficiency and Lower Emissions in Transportation

  • Transportation generates nearly one quarter of our GHG emissions. More energy efficient transportation lowers emissions and saves Canadians’ money.
  • Budget 2017 funds continued development of GHG regulations for transportation sectors including marine, rail, aviation, and vehicles; it also continues work on the clean fuel standard.

Greener Homes

  • $67.5 million for energy efficiency programs
  • $39.8 million to increase the use of greener materials (like wood) in construction
  • A national program to update building codes for new builds and retrofits.

Fossil Fuel Subsidies

  • We have been clear in our commitment, along with G20 and APEC partners, to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.

Clean Technology and Innovation

  • More than $2.2 billion to support clean technology research, development, demonstration and adoption as well as to accelerate the growth of clean technology companies.
  • The Impact Canada Fund will work with the private sector, NGOs and social entrepreneurs to come up with bright solutions to the big challenges of our generation. This includes $75 million to support clean tech.
  • Innovation Canada is a new “single window” for business innovation to help coordinate and simplify all of the innovation programs that are available to businesses.
  • $400 million to re-capitalize Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s SD Tech Fund which includes climate change-related projects;

Climate Resilience

  • New Canadian Centre for Climate Services, administered by ECCC and NRCan, and regional climate resilience centres to develop new products and services to help Canadian cities, municipalities and businesses adapt to climate change.
  • These centres will work with provincial, territorial, Indigenous and other partners to make it easier for governments, communities, decision-makers, businesses and organizations to adapt to climate change.
  • Fund a national action plan to respond to the broad range of health risks caused by climate change, and an adaptation program for First Nations and Inuit communities.
  • Supports integrating traditional Indigenous knowledge to build a better understanding of climate change and enhancing resilience in Indigenous and northern communities.
  • Additional investments to continue existing programs related to aquatic climate change adaptation and northern transportation adaptation.
  • In addition, the Government will develop a new, cost-shared Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund for built and natural, large-scale infrastructure projects supporting mitigation of natural disasters and extreme weather events and climate resilience.

Green Infrastructure

  • $21.9 billion over 11 years for investments in green infrastructure, including initiatives that will support the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
  • The Canada Infrastructure Bank will be responsible for investing at least $35 billion over 11 years using loans, loan guarantees and equity investments.
  • At least $5 billion will be available over the next 11 years for green infrastructure projects, including those that reduce emissions, deliver clean air and safe water systems, and promote renewable power.
  • Strategic investments will help to implement the Pan-Canadian Framework, with a focus on large, transformative projects such as regional transit plans, transportation networks and
    electricity grid interconnections.
  • These projects will generate good, well-paying jobs for Canadians and will be rolled out in collaboration with provincial, territorial, municipal, Indigenous and private sector investment partners.
  • $9.2 billion will be provided to provinces and territories over the next 11 years to support priority green infrastructure projects, including those that reduce emissions, deliver clean water, safely manage wastewater, help communities prepare for challenges that result from
    climate change, and help build cleaner, better-connected electricity systems.
  • $135.4 million over four years, starting in 2018–19, to enhance action on shortlived climate pollutants, decarbonize the transportation system, and develop a framework for offshore renewable energy projects.

Strategic Green Investments

  • $472.4 million over eleven years, starting in 2017, to renew climate change programs that were scheduled to end on March 31, 2018 and to support a range of new programs associated with implementing the Pan-Canadian Framework.
  • Funding for next generation smart grid, storage and clean electricity technology demonstration projects.
  • Helping to launch emerging renewable energy technologies nearing commercialization.
  • Helping to reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on diesel fuel, and support the use of more sustainable, renewable power solutions.
  • Helping to put in place infrastructure for electric vehicle charging and natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations, as well as supporting technology demonstration projects.
  • Developing and implementing new building codes to retrofit existing buildings and build new netzero energy consumption buildings across Canada.