(AGENPARL) – OTTAWA (CANADA), ven 18 settembre 2020
September 17, 2020 – Vancouver, British Columbia
Canadians from coast to coast to coast are taking action in their communities to fight climate change. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting community-based projects that reduce emissions, create good, green jobs, and make life more affordable for Canadians.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced the creation of the new Climate Action and Awareness Fund, which will invest $206 million in projects that will help reduce emissions across the country. The Fund will strengthen Canada’s capacity to take climate action by empowering youth and communities and boosting climate science and research.
The Minister also launched a request for proposals for community-based climate action projects. Up to $50 million over five years will be allocated to this priority area. The remaining funding will go toward three additional priorities under the Climate Action and Awareness Fund:
- increasing climate youth awareness, engagement and action;
- advancing climate science and technology; and
- supporting academia and think tank organizations to better understand Canada’s transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
The new Fund was created with contributions from the existing Climate Action Fund and a significant investment from the Environmental Damages Fund, which collects fines from polluters who break Canada’s environmental laws. The Environmental Damages Fund ensures that environmental good follows our enforcement measures, by investing in projects that focus on environmental restoration, environmental quality improvement, research and development, and education and awareness.