Budget 2021 must help create a sustainable, resilient, equitable future
We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine our communities, economy and lives to create a sustainable, resilient, equitable future.
Canada’s Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will table Budget 2021 on April 19. Right now, the government is finalizing decisions about how to allocate billions of our tax dollars — up to $100 billion over three years!
To shape the Canada we want and need, Budget 2021 must:
- Provide $4.8 billion over five years so Canada can achieve its commitment to protect 25 per cent of land and ocean by 2025 and support Indigenous-led conservation.
- End fossil fuel subsidies and shift spending to a green and just recovery.
- Invest in cutting carbon emissions to achieve a strengthened 2030 climate target. Canada must aim to reduce emissions by at least 50 percent from 2005 levels to reflect Canada’s fair share and limit global heating to 1.5 C.
- Fund natural infrastructure and leverage nature-based solutions.
- Invest in upgrading the core government environmental functions necessary to support a green recovery, like chemicals management, pesticide regulation and environmental law enforcement.
Send a message to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland today to demand a green and just recovery from COVID-19.
The David Suzuki Foundation has joined environmental groups throughout Canada in One Earth One Voice, a campaign to urge the federal government to solve two crises at once by prioritizing a green and just recovery.