In December 2016, Canada’s First Ministers came together to agree on the country’s first truly national climate plan, developed through a year-long negotiation with provinces and territories, with input from Indigenous peoples, and through engagement with Canadians, businesses and civil society across the country.
Clean Canada tells the story of how that plan – along with other actions to protect the environment and accelerate Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy – are setting us on the path to a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous future. It shows how people across Canada are coming together, rolling up their sleeves and finding new ways to protect nature, improve our health, and make our economy stronger and more sustainable. We’re generating cleaner, renewable energy and using it more efficiently to get around, heat our homes and fuel our industries – keeping life affordable, fighting climate change, and helping us build a better future for our kids and grandkids.
Compared to business as usual, bold action on climate change is expected to add at least $26 trillion to the global economy by 2030, along with 65 million new jobs. Canada is ready to seize that opportunity and make the most of it to benefit families, communities and businesses.
Clean Canada offers a snapshot of how we’re coming together to build a cleaner, healthier, more affordable future that we can be proud to have our children inherit. It includes:
- putting a price on carbon pollution across Canada, so it’s no longer free to pollute
- phasing out traditional coal-fired power plants and investing in renewable energy
- expanding public transit in communities across the country
- investing in energy efficiency to help families and businesses save money
- investing in made-in-Canada technologies and clean solutions
- improving building codes and standards so our homes and buildings use less energy
- finding cleaner alternatives to diesel in remote communities
- raising standards so our cars run on cleaner fuels and cost less to operate
- doubling the amount of nature we protect
- keeping plastics in the economy and out of our environment.