Canada endorses push for more ambitious climate-change action

News Release

Government of Canada endorses Under2 Coalition’s goal of taking ambitious action to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

April 20, 2017 – San Francisco, California – Environment and Climate Change Canada

Canada is committed to meeting its obligations under the Paris Agreement, and it recognizes the significant contribution to climate action by subnational governments such as states, provinces, or cities, and other groups.

That’s why, today, the Government of Canada endorsed the Under2 Coalition of varied levels of governments committed to achieving emissions reductions believed necessary to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. The coalition identifies action being taken by regional and local jurisdictions around the world and promotes ambitious action on climate change.

California, San Francisco, and Sacramento are among the American signatories. Canadian signatories include British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Quebec, Vancouver, and Ontario. Canada joins national endorsers Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, and the United Kingdom.

Endorsing the Under2 Coalition supports the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, developed with the provinces and territories and in consultation with Indigenous peoples. The framework sets out the path to meet or surpass Canada’s emissions reduction target and grow the economy.


“The governments in the Under2 Coalition, like California, are leading the fight against climate change. Investing in clean growth will help all members reach their ambitious climate-change goals and grow their countries’ economies.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick Facts

  • A total of 167 jurisdictions spanning 33 countries and 6 continents have signed or endorsed the Under2 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

  • Signatories to the MOU commit to limiting their greenhouse gas emissions from 80 to 90 percent below 1990 levels, the level required to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius. National governments that endorse the MOU indicate their commitment to support subnational governments within their boundaries in achieving their objectives.


Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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