Newfoundland and Labrador and pollution pricing
Protecting the environment and growing the economy go together. In 2016, the federal government worked with provinces, territories, and with input from Indigenous Peoples, on Canada’s first comprehensive climate action plan, which includes a stringent, fair and efficient price on carbon pollution.
As part of Canada’s plan, provinces and territories had the flexibility to maintain or develop a carbon pollution pricing system that works for their circumstances, provided it meets the federal standard.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s planned carbon pollution pricing system is on track to meet the federal benchmark stringency requirements.
Please contact the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador for additional details and information on its planned pollution pricing system and programs.
Canada’s clean growth investments in Newfoundland and Labrador
The Government of Canada is supporting climate action in Newfoundland and Labrador with nearly $45 million under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund. This funding will generate clean growth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province, with a focus on energy efficiency and carbon sequestration. By investing in energy efficiency in homes and businesses, the Government is also helping families save money and businesses reduce costs.
Since 2016, the Government of Canada has allocated over $114 million for investments in public transit projects in Newfoundland and Labrador, including a new fleet of accessible buses for St. John’s Metrobus transit system. This is one way we’re working to make sure that public transit is available for all, and that people can get where they need to go, quickly and safely while reducing pollution. It’s part of the Government’s Investing in Canada Plan.
In addition, the Government of Canada has allocated over $302 million for investments in Green Infrastructure in Newfoundland and Labrador, for projects that reduce emissions, build resilience to the impacts of climate change or provide additional environmental benefits such as clean air and clean water. The governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada are working together to fund priority projects that will help reduce pollution and grow the economy.
Canada is also investing in emission reduction projects, including through the Northern REACHE program, in Labrador. An investment of $102,500 was made to install high efficiency wood stoves and solar panels on recreation centres in five Indigenous communities in Nunatsiavut. Reducing wood smoke helps make the air cleaner while solar energy is emission free, and lowers energy costs.
To protect Canadians from the impacts of climate change, Canada is collaborating with Newfoundland and Labrador and other Atlantic provinces to create a regional climate expert organization, to jointly deliver climate services with the Government of Canada’s Canadian Centre for Climate Services. Other specific initiatives, such as the Climate Change Preparedness in the North and First Nation Adapt programs, are increasing Newfoundland and Labrador’s resilience to climate impacts by raising awareness, conducting climate vulnerability assessments, and increasing access to knowledge about changing sea-ice conditions, to protect the safety of Inuit hunters and fishers in winter.
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