Canada's New Government supports clean air and energy efficiency projects in Prince Edward Island

    OTTAWA, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Minister of the Environment,
John Baird today announced $15 million in funding for Prince Edward Island as
part of a trust fund set up by Canada's New Government to support provincial
and territorial projects to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air
pollutants. The $1.5 billion dollar trust fund for clean air and climate
change is part of the Government's recent $4.5 billion budget commitment to
make real progress on important environmental issues.
    "I am pleased to have been able to work with Premier Pat Binns on
supporting Prince Edward Island's strategy on reducing green house gasses and
other pollutants", said Minister Baird. "Together in cooperation with Canada's
provinces and territories we are taking real action to tackle climate change
and air pollutants. We've demonstrated that commitment in our budget
announcements, and we're demonstrating it here again today. By helping to
support Prince Edward Island's efforts in this regard, we can work together to
find concrete and realistic solutions to Canada's environmental challenges."
    "This money will help Prince Edward Island move towards fulfilling its
environmental agenda," commented Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency, Peter MacKay. "Atlantic Canadians have a lot of great ideas for how we
can reduce air emissions, and this funding will help our provinces realize
those ideas, to the benefit of all Canadians."
    Both the Premier of Prince Edward Island and the island's Minister of
Environment, Energy and Forestry echoed their support for the funding, and for
the importance of the proposed projects.
    "Prince Edward Island has demonstrated its commitment to being a leader
in renewable energy and environmental stewardship," said Premier Binns. "We
will continue to lead by example and look forward to working in co-operation
with our federal partners to take action on this important issue."
    "Our province is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate
change", added Prince Edward Island's Minister of Environment, Energy and
Forestry, Jamie Ballem. "This funding will allow us to address local issues in
a way that makes sense for the province, while at the same time achieving
overall benefits for all Canadians. It's a win-win situation for everyone".
    Prince Edward Island's trust will be invested in initiatives that build
upon the province's strong history of renewable energy research and
development, increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Government of Prince Edward Island has indicated that it will use the
funding to move forward on several provincial projects which may include:

    - support for homeowners to install renewable energy technologies and
      make their homes more energy efficient;
    - investment in renewable energy technologies and energy saving measures
      in government buildings;
    - a program to introduce renewable energy demonstration projects in
      several Island schools; and
    - a hydrogen fuelling station for the Prince Edward Island Wind-Hydrogen

    Canada's New Government is already delivering on the reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by taking tangible steps with
initiatives in the energy and transportation sectors such as ecoEnergy and
ecoTransport, and by committing to implement aggressive regulations to reduce
emissions in all sectors. The provincial and territorial initiatives supported
by Canada's New Government's trust fund for clean air and climate change will
complement those efforts.
    As announced, resources for the trust will consist of $1.5 billion of new
funding on a national basis. This funding is a part of the actions being taken
by Canada's new Government in their plan to build a stronger, safer, better
Canada. The funding will also play a part in the Government's action on the
fiscal imbalance.

    For more information about the Federal Government's environmental
initiatives, please visit:

    For further information on Prince Edward Island's programs, please visit
the Environment and Land section of the island's web site:

    (Egalement offert en français)

For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008; Dennis King, Communications, Office
of the Premier, (902) 368-6574

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