Government of Canada announces funding for energy efficiency and climate action in Nova Scotia

News Release

December 15, 2017 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canada is committed to working with provinces and territories to grow the economy while meeting our climate commitments and creating good jobs in communities across the country.

Today, the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, announced that Nova Scotia can receive over $56 million through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund for programs that help Nova Scotians save money and energy, while supporting the province’s climate objectives. The funding is a component of the Low Carbon Economy Fund, designed to spur clean growth and cut carbon pollution while promoting innovative climate solutions.  Minister Brison and Environment Minister Iain Rankin from the Government of Nova Scotia agreed to continue emission reduction efforts to address climate change.

The Government of Canada's Low Carbon Economy Fund will create jobs, support healthier communities, and help Canadians save money. By building on provincial and territorial leadership, the Low Carbon Economy Fund will help meet Canada’s commitment under the Paris Agreement and achieve our 2030 national climate target. Nova Scotia is eligible for the funding as a signatory to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

Today’s announcement at a home in Halifax demonstrates the types of projects that the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund will support. The Government of Canada will work with Nova Scotia to expand the province’s existing partnership with Efficiency Nova Scotia to help Nova Scotians use less energy and save money through the installation of energy efficient products and home retrofits. These investments will also contribute to Nova Scotia’s transition from Coal to Clean.

In addition to Nova Scotia, the Government of Canada is also making announcements today regarding the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund with the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick. Additional announcements with other provinces will follow as project proposals are finalized.


Quotes

“Investing in climate solutions and clean growth is a critical part of our made-in-Canada climate plan. The projects we are supporting through this funding will build on Nova Scotia’s climate leadership to make a real difference in the lives of Nova Scotians. This funding will create good jobs, spark clean economic development and help Nova Scotians save money on energy and fight climate change in their own communities.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

"Federal funding through the Low Carbon Economy Fund will help Nova Scotians cut their heating bills and their carbon footprint by extending energy efficiency programs from homes heated with electricity to also include those heated with oil. By working with Efficiency Nova Scotia to assist with home retrofits, we’re helping the environment and the economy.”

– Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board

 “Nova Scotia is a national leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This agreement builds on our successes, creating a cleaner energy future and new jobs for Nova Scotians. We are committed to continuing this work with the federal government and our many other partners to fight climate change, reach our emission-reduction objectives, and help Nova Scotians save money on their energy bills while living more comfortably in their homes.”

– Iain Rankin, Environment Minister, Government of Nova Scotia

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada's Low Carbon Economy Fund supports implementation of the Pan-Canadian climate plan by investing in projects that will generate clean growth and reduce carbon pollution.  These investments support Canada’s Paris Agreement commitment and align with the 2030 national climate target.

  • The Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund will benefit Nova Scotians by funding projects to expand energy efficiency and clean energy programs, enabling all Nova Scotians to save money through the installation of energy efficient products and through retrofits.

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Contacts

Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
613-462-5473
Marie-pascale.desrosier@canada.ca

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free)
ec.media.ec@canada.ca

Chrissy Matheson
Media Relations Advisor
Nova Scotia Environment
902-471-2444
Chrissy.matheson@novascotia.ca

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Twitter page

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