The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is hosting consultations on Canada’s climate change policies. Submit your input online by August 1st, 2016. The input gathered from these consultations will help inform the Minister on the new climate change policy.
INVESTING IN GREEN TECHNOLOGY
To ensure that Canada’s communities are healthy and productive places to live, Budget 2016 proposes to invest $5.0 billion over the next five years in infrastructure that protects communities and supports Canada’s ongoing transition to a clear growth economy! It is also why the Government of Canada is investing $75 million in new funding to support communities and municipalities, the front lines of serving Canadians, in their efforts to address climate change.
Some of these investments will include electric vehicle and alternative transportation fuel infrastructure, initiatives to foster regional electricity cooperation, and the development of building codes and standards that integrate climate resiliency requirements.
INVESTING IN THE STRENGTHENING OF INNOVATIVE SUPPLY CHAINS
Connections between knowledge producers and users—including researchers and firms—and collaboration within supply chains driven by market opportunities create value through innovation and support economic growth. To help address these challenges, Budget 2016 will make available up to $800 million over four years to support innovation networks and clusters, including support for initiatives delivered under the Industrial Research Assistance Program.
DEVELOPING COMMUNITY CAPACITY FOR ASSET MANAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES
The Government of Canada is proposing a new $50 million capacity-building fund to support the use of asset management best practices across Canada. Asset management plans guide how core infrastructure assets are to be built, renewed, operated, maintained and replaced. This type of planning helps to maximize the use of public dollars. This will strengthen capacity-building of communities for longer-term planning that supports strategic investments.
In addition, Infrastructure Canada will work with Statistics Canada to improve infrastructure-related data. This will support better information on the state and performance of core public infrastructure assets for all levels of government.
SUPPORTING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT
Energy efficiency and clean energy policies increase the uptake of clean technologies, reduce the environmental impact of energy use and can provide cost savings for Canadians. These measures are essential for the transition to a low-carbon economy. Budget 2016 proposes to provide $128.8 million over five years, starting in 2016-17, to Natural Resources Canada to deliver energy efficiency policies and programs, and maintain clean energy policy capacity. These resources will support improved energy efficiency standards and codes for products, buildings, industry and vehicles, and further the development of a legislative framework for offshore renewable energy projects.
WHY WE NEED TO HEAR FROM CANADIANS?
Climate Change affects all Canadians and it requires the diverse and valuable opinions of Canadians from coast to coast to coast, in order to create environmental policies that work for Canada. The challenges for our future generations need to be addressed now with a comprehensive Climate Change policy that Canadian’s feel confident in and delivers real solutions. The world has taken notice of our Government’s commitment to Climate Change, let’s show them the ideas all Canadians have in protecting our environment and creating a sustainable growth economy!