Statement

Canada’s Green Budget 2009

GATINEAU, QC -- January 30, 2009 -- Canada’s government takes seriously its responsibility to protect and promote the rich natural resources that define our environment and give our nation much of its form and character.

Our most recent Budget reiterates our commitment with significant investments that allow for the continued protection and conservation of our environmental heritage, and also for further research into how we can best conserve the natural resources and landscapes that will be left behind for future generations.

Our investments include:

  • $1 billion over five years for clean energy research development and demonstration projects, including capture and storage;
  • A new $1 billion Green Infrastructure Fund to support projects like public transit, sustainable energy and waste management;
  • $1.3 billion over two years to support renovations and energy retrofits that will make Canada’s social housing stock more energy efficient, to be split on a 50/50 cost-shared basis with the provinces;
  • $300 million over two years to go to the ecoENERGY Retrofit program to support an additional 200,000 energy-saving home retrofits;
  • $250 million over two years to maintain federal laboratories;
  • $85 million over two years for key Arctic research stations, and $2 million over two years for a feasibility study for a world-class Arctic research station;
  • $80.5 million over the next two years to manage and assess federal contaminated sites, which will facilitate remediation work totaling an estimated $165 million over the next two years and contribute to an improved environment as well as employment opportunities;
  • $75 million for national parks; and
  • $10 million in 2009-2010 to improve the government’s annual reporting on key environmental indicators such as clean air, clean water and greenhouse gas emissions.

Combined, these investments demonstrate our government’s commitment to the environment and will enhance our ability to confront the great environmental challenges of our time.

For more information on Budget 2009, visit http://www.budget.gc.ca/2009/home-accueil-eng.asp

The Hon. Jim Prentice
Minister of the Environment