Canada’s vision for a clean growth future

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Canada is doing its part by reducing its emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. We are doing our part by moving towards a clean energy economy. We are improving the way we design and build our communities, transportation systems, homes and workplaces.

The science is clear: climate change is happening. Canadians are experiencing these changes right now. We are seeing glaciers melting, permafrost thawing, sea levels rising, and more extreme weather. The World Health Organization has said that climate change is this century’s greatest threat to human health.

Canadians have a proud history of overcoming global challenges.

In 2015, Canada worked with nations from around the world to reach the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep global temperature increase to well below 2°C.

Throughout 2016, Canada worked with dozens of countries to negotiate the global phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) found in air conditioners and refrigerators - the world’s fastest growing source of emissions.

In March 2016, First Ministers agreed to continue to work together with Indigenous Peoples to strengthen the economy and reduce emissions through a broad range of actions.

In the fall of 2016, Canada laid out plans to put in place a price on carbon pollution, to clean up Canada’s electricity generation, and to make our cars and trucks pollute less. These are just some of the measures that will foster innovation and keep Canada competitive on the world stage

In 2017, as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Canada is making investments in clean energy, transit, green infrastructure and clean technology research. These investments will reduce emissions, create jobs and strengthen our economy.

Quick facts

  • Clean energy is already one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy. Canada’s clean energy sector has 20 times as much wind energy capacity and 125 times as much solar electricity capacity as it did a decade ago.
  • The Canadian clean technology market generated about $11.6 billion in revenue in 2014, and exports accounted for half of these revenues. The 2016 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report estimates that the clean energy sector directly employs 55,600 Canadians and analysts have suggested that, with support, the number of jobs in the sector could reach 76,000 in 2022.
  • This fall, the Government of Canada announced $21.9 billion over 11 years for green infrastructure which will include targeted investments to support greenhouse gas reductions and enable greater climate change adaptation and increased resilience. This investment will in part support the attraction of the capital investments necessary to transition Canada's electricity system towards 90 percent non-emitting by 2030.
  • Budget 2016 committed $10.7 million over 2 years to implement renewable energy projects in off-grid Indigenous and northern communities that rely on diesel and other fossil fuels to generate heat and power.
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