Archived: Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14, Environment and Climate Change Canada, chapter 1

Minister's Message

The Honourable Peter Kent, P.C., M.P., Minister of the Environment

As Minister of the Environment, I am pleased to present the 2013-2014 Report on Plans and Priorities for Environment Canada. This report outlines Environment Canada’s goals for fiscal 2013-2014 and the actions it will undertake towards ensuring that Canadians benefit from a clean, safe, and sustainable environment in a manner that supports our continued economic recovery.

In 2013-2014, Environment Canada will build on its successes to ensure our natural heritage is conserved and restored by increasing monitoring activities in the oil sands region, by maintaining and expanding our 12 million hectares of protected areas, and by supporting the cleanup and prevention of pollution in key bodies of water. We will also finalize the second phase of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, and will work towards improving the Species at Risk Program.

We will continue to deliver the high quality weather services that Canadians expect while upgrading and modernizing our infrastructure and delivery, including moving forward on the key upgrades and repairs to the radar network, and generating and disseminating new data on climate change and variability.

We are now half-way towards meeting our 2020 targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions. During 2013-2014, our sector-by-sector approach to reducing these emissions will focus on the implementation of coal fired electricity regulations, further regulations in the transportation sector and developing regulations for the oil and gas sector. We will continue working towards a clean, safe and sustainable environment by way of our Chemicals Management Plan, by developing and implementing world class regulations (for example, by implementing the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations and by finalising regulations on mercury containing products), by the continued remediation of federal contaminated sites, and through international collaboration on issues related to climate change and clean air.  We will collaborate with provinces and domestic partners to implement the national Air Quality Management System (AQMS) to ensure air pollution is effectively addressed. 

Environment Canada will continue to work collaboratively with partners to align resources and further improve efficiency in the delivery of our objectives. This includes aligning efforts with other levels of government to avoid duplication, research collaboration with academic and industrial partners and collaboration with other federal departments or agencies, such as Parks Canada, to deliver our services.

These are but a few of the initiatives Environment Canada will focus on in the months ahead. I invite you to read this report to learn more about the actions which Environment Canada is taking to protect Canadians and their environment.

The Honourable Peter Kent, P.C., M.P.
Minister of the Environment

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