Speech from the Throne's environmental commitments: appearance before the Standing Committee (November 4, 2020)
Q. What are the environmental priorities of the government identified in the Speech from the Throne?
While the Government’s number one priority remains to protect Canadians from Covid-19, the Speech from the Throne made clear that we must take bold action on multiple interconnected fronts: the economy, equality, and the environment.
In this context, the Government intends on making climate action a cornerstone of its plan to support and create a million jobs across the country.
Overall, the Speech from the Throne outlined 20 key commitments related to the environment.
These include, among others, commitments to:
Exceed Canada’s 2030 climate goals
Legislate Canada’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050
Continue policy of putting a price on pollution, while putting that money back in the pockets of Canadians
Use nature-based solutions to fight climate change, including by planting two billion trees
Invest in reducing the impact of climate-related disasters
Protect a quarter of Canada’s land and a quarter of Canada’s oceans in five years
Create the Canada Water Agency
Modernize the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA, 1999)
Ban harmful single-use plastics next year and ensure that more plastic is recycled