Canada’s environment is central to Canadians’ prosperity.
For Budget 2017, Green Budget Coalition recommends (pdf) that the Government of Canada emphasize a suite of fiscal tools and funding to achieve its climate change mitigation and adaptation goals, and related nature conservation objectives.
Specifically, the GBC recommends Budget 2017 ensure action to:
- Implement a well-designed, pan-Canadian carbon price:
- Starting at a price level that respects the social cost of carbon, with appreciable annual increases for several years;
- Directing the revenues from carbon pricing to strategic purposes:
- Compensating low-income and other vulnerable individuals and families;
- Supporting emission reductions and clean economic growth; and
- Supporting adaptation to climate change, including natural solutions.
- Phase-out exploration and development subsidies to the fossil fuel industry through a number of measures.
- Take strategic, nation-wide, multi-year conservation action in three areas:
- Terrestrial protected areas – Expand and better protect our terrestrial protected areas system;
- Working landscapes – Expand measures to conserve unique and ecologically significant wildlife habitat, and to ensure ecological connectivity; and
- Oceans and fisheries – To fulfill Canada’s commitments to reach and exceed international marine protection targets and to ensure ocean health and sustainable fisheries.
- Renew several important freshwater programs that are sunsetting in March 2017, and invest in reversing the trends of insufficient and inaccessible freshwater monitoring data.