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Ottawa, Mar 29 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made today jointly by Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Karen McCrimmon, Member of Parliament for Kanata—Carleton and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness highlighting how investments in Budget 2019 would make it easier and more affordable for Canadians to choose zero-emission vehicles, media reports said.
“Since 2015, our Government has been taking bold action to ensure that Canadians can benefit from...the biggest drop in carbon pollution in the history of Canada’s emissions reporting...well-paying jobs in the clean economy...and will help Canadian communities in the ongoing fight against the devastating effects of climate change and pollution,” said McKenna.
Through Budget 2019 government is investmenting more than $180 billion over 12 years to build infrastructure in communities across the country to protect Canada’s environment—while also helping create new jobs and make life more affordable for Canadians, help more people find a home, find and keep good jobs, retire with confidence, and get affordable prescription drugs when they need them.
In Budget 2019, the Government proposes to protect Canadian families and the environment by: lowering Canadians’ energy costs by increased energy efficiency in residential, commercial and multi-unit buildings; and creating new incentives for people and businesses to purchase zero-emission vehicles and building cleaner and healthier communities through a major municipal infrastructure top-up investment.
This will not only promote clean affordable electric future including in rural and remote communities; helping coal workers and communities on new opportunities through skills training and business diversification as Canada moves to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030.
Working with provinces and territories, the government has already approved more than 33,000 infrastructure projects supported by federal investments of approximately $19.9 billion such as cleaning up abandoned mines in Canada’s North and explore the potential creation of a marine conservation area in the High Arctic Basin.
Through $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.
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.
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.