PRINCE GEORGE, BC, March 29, 2019 /CNW/ - Canadians' quality of life—and Canada's future growth—are deeply tied to the environment. Failing to invest in a cleaner, more sustainable future threatens the things Canadians rely on for their success: an affordable cost of living, good, well-paying jobs and resilient communities.
Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, was at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, to highlight Budget 2019, Investing in the Middle Class. The Budget makes significant investments to protect Canada's environment—while also helping create new jobs and make life more affordable for Canadians.
These investments go hand-in-hand with efforts to 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 with support to increase energy efficiency in residential, commercial and multi-unit buildings.
- Making it easier and more affordable for Canadians to choose a zero-emission vehicle by expanding the network of zero-emission vehicle charging and refuelling stations, and creating new incentives for people and businesses to purchase zero-emission vehicles.
- Providing new infrastructure to build cleaner and healthier communities through a major municipal infrastructure top-up investment. This will double the Government's commitment to municipalities and help communities fund their infrastructure priorities, including public transit, water and green energy projects.
- Promoting clean electricity by working with provinces and territories to develop a framework for a clean electric future that uses more clean, reliable and affordable electricity, including in rural and remote communities.
- Helping coal workers and communities prepare for, find and act on new opportunities through skills training and business diversification as Canada moves to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030.
- Ensuring all Canadians have greater access to healthy, affordable and locally produced food by developing A Food Policy for Canada, which will tackle food insecurity, fraud and waste—and promote Canadian food both locally and abroad.
"Our Government has been very clear that it is not only possible but an imperative to ensure that Canadians 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."
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
"On behalf of Council, I am pleased to welcome Minister Bennett to Prince George, home of the University of Northern BC, Canada's Green University. Council is very encouraged with the Government of Canada's commitments in the budget to additional funding for infrastructure and clean energy. With our own renewable energy systems and electric vehicles, for example, Prince George is well positioned to provide a leadership role for Canada."
Mayor of Prince George, British Columbia
"UNBC is a Canadian leader in sustainability initiatives that inspire research and education opportunities, foster a healthier environment, and help UNBC save funding that can be redirected to other purposes. We commend the Minister and her government for their investments that support cleaner and healthier communities."
Dr. Daniel Weeks
President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia
- 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.
- 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.
- Budget Plan
- Budget Speech
- Backgrounder: The Canada Training Benefit
- Backgrounder: An Affordable Place to Call Home
- Backgrounder: Moving Forward on Implementing National Pharmacare
- Backgrounder: A Secure and Dignified Retirement for Canadians
- Backgrounder: Advancing Reconciliation With Indigenous Peoples
- Backgrounder: Building a Better Canada: Universal High-Speed Internet
- Backgrounder: Strong Communities, Affordable Electricity and a Clean Economy
- Gender Report
- Investing in Young Canadians
- The Fiscal Monitor (Financial Results for January 2019)
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SOURCE Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
For further information: media may contact: Matthew Dillon-Leitch, Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, 819-997-0002; Media Relations, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, 819-934-2302, [email protected]