OTTAWA, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Environment Minister Peter Kent and
Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney today announced an investment
of $600.8 million over five years to renew the Clean Air Regulatory
Agenda, (CARA), which has served as the framework for the Government to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality since 2006.
"Renewed funding for the Clean Air Regulatory Agenda emphasizes our
Government's commitment to protecting the health and environment of
Canadians," said Minister Kent. "It will help us identify emerging air
quality issues, measure and monitor the status of existing ones, and
determine solutions that will allow Canadians to - literally - breathe
"Vulnerable Canadians, including young children, elderly Canadians, and
people who suffer from chronic heart and respiratory illnesses will
benefit from our action to improve the quality of the air we breathe
through our Clean Air Regulatory Agenda," added Minister Blaney.
This funding will be used by the Government of Canada to:
Align greenhouse gas regulations with the United States where
Finalize and implement a national air quality management system;
Strengthen commitments to reduce transboundary air pollution under the
Canada-U.S. Air Quality Agreement;
Improve indoor air quality; and,
Nation-wide implementation of the Air Quality Health Index to help
Canadians make informed decisions to protect their health.
"The quality of the air we breathe is directly linked to our health and
well-being," added Canada's Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq. "Our
Government will work to improve air quality and reduce exposure of
harmful air pollutants to Canadians."
This renewed funding will allow standards to be set that will define
what clean air means, regulate good emissions performance by industry
and bring on a comprehensive national approach to air emissions
reduction. Taking concrete action to reduce emissions from major
sectors of the economy is a key part of the Government's work to
improve the environment and deliver real results for all Canadians.
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.
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