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Environment Canada

March 04, 2010 19:19 ET

Minister Prentice Highlights the Environment in 2010 Budget

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 4, 2010) - Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks, Jim Prentice, said today that the 2010 Budget underscores the Government's ongoing determination to protect Canada's environment and to establish this country as a clean energy superpower.

"At a time of overall fiscal restraint, the commitment of resources to support new environmental programs and to sustain existing ones, is greatly encouraging," he said. "Budget 2010 includes new measures totalling $190 million to support a cleaner, more sustainable environment. These investments further reinforce our strategy of transforming Canada into the world's leading source of reliable, responsible energy."

Among the highlights of Budget 2010:

  • The establishment of a $100 million Next Generation Renewable Power Initiative will support investment in advanced clean technology in the forestry sector, making it more sustainable and competitive.

  • Canada has rich and untapped sources of renewable energy, and the Government will take steps to ensure we can realize this potential. That is reflected in the commitment to streamline the regulatory review process for large energy projects. Funding will be allocated to agencies with specific areas of expertise, to ensure that they have the means to review and consult Aboriginal peoples and other stakeholders on projects that fall under that expertise in a timely manner. In addition, an amount of $2.8 million over two years is earmarked for consultations by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency with Aboriginal communities on all projects that affect them.

  • Expansion of the accelerated capital cost allowance for clean energy generation equipment to additional applications involving heat recovery and district energy.

  • Conservation of Canada's natural heritage is supported by $16 million over two years to continue to implement the Government's action plan to protect the Great Lakes by cleaning up areas identified as being the most degraded.

  • Arctic sovereignty remains a priority – as does our ongoing effort to address climate change. Data about Canada's North is critical to both and the quality of that data will be improved by the allocation of $11.4 million over two years to deliver meteorological services and navigational services in the North and $8million over two years to support community-based environmental monitoring, reporting and baseline data collection in the North.

  • $18.4 million allocated to enhance the tracking of environmental data through the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators program.

"This budget builds on the many investments we have made in previous budgets," added Minister Prentice. "For example over a quarter of a billion dollars on measures related to species at risk and an investment to protect habitat for species at risk." The Minister also reminded Canadians that Canada's Economic Action Plan which builds on previous investments by committing almost $4 billion in additional funding to support a cleaner and more sustainable environment and help meet Canada's climate change objectives.

(Également offert en français)

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