Preliminary Recommendations for Budget 2020

A healthy environment is critical for Canadians’ health and prosperity, and requires urgent scaled-up action to preserve, particularly on the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis.

The Green Budget Coalition (GBC), active since 1999, brings together twenty-two of Canada’s leading environmental and conservation organizations, representing over 1,000,000 Canadians, to present an analysis of the most pressing issues regarding environmental sustainability in Canada and to make recommendations to the federal government regarding strategic fiscal and budgetary opportunities.

The Green Budget Coalition appreciated the billions of dollars in new funding and tax measures in Budget 2019 addressing GBC recommendations, particularly for building energy efficiency and zero-emission vehicles, as well as for food policy, First Nations water infrastructure, climate data, and other progress regarding offsets and the fossil fuel subsidy peer review process, as well as on carbon pricing in preceding announcements.

However, at the same time, multiple research reports have highlighted that Canada and the world face deeper and worsening crises regarding the climate emergency and biodiversity loss, and that Canada is not doing nearly enough on either issue, or to protect Canadians’ health and our air, water, soil and natural heritage. The Green Budget Coalition has drafted its Preliminary Recommendations for Budget 2020 to respond to these issues, providing environmental, economic and health benefits for Canadians.

Firstly, the Green Budget Coalition is urging scaled-up fiscal action to address the climate emergency, including:

  • Reducing fossil fuel subsidies; and
  • Allocating major funding to:
    • Building energy efficiency
    • Transportation;
    • Community power;
    • International climate financing; and
    • Nature-based solutions;
  • Plus a number of complementary measures, including on carbon pricing.

Secondly, the Green Budget Coalition is also urging continued and ongoing investment in nature conservation, which is closely linked with the climate emergency, with a focus on:

  • Protected Areas, on Public and Private lands;
  • Habitat Restoration, including wetlands and grasslands;
  • Oceans; and
  • Migratory Birds.

The GBC is also featuring recommendations regarding:

  1. Sustainable Agriculture;
  2. Toxics and Pesticides; and
  3. Environmental Data, Science and Governance.

This document further outlines a number of complementary recommendations, regarding issues including plastics, water monitoring, wildlife vehicle collisions, and First Nations water infrastructure.