The Green Budget Coalition (GBC), comprising 21 of Canada’s leading environmental organizations, appreciated the major federal funding announcements for climate and nature progress in Budget 2022 and the Emissions Reduction Plan, and urges the government to continue to seize this opportunity to transform society to address the twin climate and biodiversity crises, create sustainable jobs and ensure enduring prosperity and well-being for all.
The Green Budget Coalition welcomed the federal government’s multi-billion dollar investments in Budget 2022 that advanced the Coalition’s recommendations, particularly for energy-efficient buildings, zero-emission vehicles, and nature-based climate solutions. However, without effective use of such existing funding and further investments, Canada will not hit our targets for 40-45% reductions below 2005 levels in GHG emissions and protecting 30% of Canada’s land and water by 2030, nor contribute our fair share to global emission reductions and achieve full nature recovery by 2050.
Building on the Green Budget Coalition’s expertise, this document provides a comprehensive package of timely budget and fiscal recommendations whose adoption would advance progress on climate, nature, and equity, while creating jobs and protecting individual and collective health.
For all of these areas, we emphasize the importance of effective implementation, monitoring, and evaluation to ensure successful outcomes from new and ongoing programs.
Integrating Climate and Nature Across Government Budgeting and Spending Decisions
Climate: Emissions Reductions
- Financing and Economy-Wide Measures
- Municipalities: Creating a permanent municipal climate action fund
- Just Transition to a clean energy future for workers and communities
- Nature-based Solutions
Nature Conservation and Restoration: Arresting Biodiversity Loss
- Freshwater, Oceans & Fisheries
- Freshwater management
- Fish habitat protection
- Safeguarding the future of Canada’s fisheries
- Fully implementing the Sustainable Fisheries Framework
- Modern fisheries catch monitoring and observer program
- Robust boat-to-plate traceability program
- Transition to ecosystem-based fisheries management
- Conserving Canada’s birds
- Pan-Canadian Approach to Wildlife Health