Budget 2019: Building a Clean Economy
“Since 2015, our Government has been taking bold action to ensure that Canadians can benefit from a strong economy and a clean environment. Starting this year, it is no longer free to pollute anywhere in Canada. Our clean growth and climate action plan is expected to result in the biggest drop in carbon pollution in the history of Canada’s emissions reporting—while creating more good, well-paying jobs in the clean economy and making life more affordable for Canadians. Budget 2019 continues that work, and will help Canadian communities in the ongoing fight against the devastating effects of climate change and pollution.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
The Government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years to build infrastructure in communities across the country.
Working with provinces and territories, the Government has approved more than 33,000 infrastructure projects supported by federal investments of approximately $19.9 billion.
Budget 2019 also makes investments in cleaning up abandoned mines in Canada’s North and commits to continuing to explore the potential creation of a marine conservation area in the High Arctic Basin, in cooperation with the Government of Nunavut and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.
From ensuring there is a price on carbon pollution, to accelerating the phase-out of traditional coal electricity generation, to the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan and investments in public transit and green infrastructure, the Government is making significant progress in transitioning to a cleaner economy.
Since 2016, the Government has committed more than $9.4 billion to support Canadian scientists and researchers, including significant investments in the cutting-edge equipment needed to make scientific breakthroughs and drive innovation in the clean economy.
Eligible residents of Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan can now claim Climate Action Incentive payments for their family, through their 2018 personal income tax returns. Most households will receive more in Climate Action Incentive payments than their increased costs resulting from the federal carbon pollution pricing system.
Without immediate action, climate change will reduce Canada’s quality of life and collective prosperity. Encouraging clean technology development and adoption will help Canadian businesses remain competitive in the global low-carbon economy.
Budget 2019 proposes to invest $134.4 million over five years for a suite of new measures to support food policy priorities. In addition, $100 million over five years will be allocated from the Strategic Innovation Fund to support innovation in the food processing sector.
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Environment and Climate Change Canada
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