OTTAWA, Feb. 23, 2018 /CNW/ - Canada and Manitoba are committed to effective climate action that supports clean growth and creates good jobs for the middle class.
Today, the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and Manitoba's Minister of Sustainable Development, Rochelle Squires, announced that Manitoba will join the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the federal-provincial-territorial plan to address climate change and support clean economic growth.
The Framework includes a pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution as well as other measures to reduce emissions across the economy, support clean growth, and help us adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Manitoba's decision to price carbon pollution, this year, at $25 per tonne for each of the next five years is a strong step forward. However, the Government of Canada will assess each province and territory's carbon-pricing plan annually against a federal standard that starts at $10 per tonne, this year, and rises to $50 per tonne, in 2022.
Manitoba's decision to sign on to Canada's clean-growth and climate action plan means the province is eligible to receive an allocation of up to $67 million in funding under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund. The Fund provides funding to deliver clean, sustained growth; support innovation; and help Canadians save money on energy bills.
"I'm thrilled to have Manitoba join Canada's clean-growth and climate action plan. It's great to see Manitoba's commitment to climate action, including pricing pollution—which is a key component of any credible climate action plan. The environment and the economy go hand in hand, and Manitoba's commitment means a cleaner environment and a stronger economy for Manitobans and Canadians."
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada
"Manitobans believe in doing their part to help combat climate change. This is why we released our Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan based on our province's realities and unique climate profile, including a carbon price of $25 per tonne for each of the next five years. Adopting the Pan-Canadian Framework will ensure Manitoba receives its equitable allocation of federal funds to help reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. It does not require Manitoba to adopt or agree to the federal carbon price schedule."
– Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sustainable Development, Manitoba
- Government of Manitoba letter announcing adoption of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change
- Government of Canada letter welcoming Manitoba to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change
- Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change
- Annex II: Provincial and territorial key actions and collaboration opportunities with the Government of Canada
- Low Carbon Economy Fund
- Pan-Canadian Approach to Pricing Carbon Pollution
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
For further information: Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 613-462-5473, [email protected]; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free), [email protected]