Preliminary Recommendations for Recovery and Budget Actions in 2020-2021
Climate solutions, Biodiversity green and just recovery, chemicals and toxins, conservation, economics, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, policy and regulation, Indigenous protected and conserved areas
For 2020-21, the Green Budget Coalition is featuring the following four transformative investment opportunities with the potential to create new jobs and accelerate progress in addressing the climate and biodiversity crises:
- Stimulus investments to boost clean transportation industries — creating jobs while reducing Canada’s leading source of emissions.
- Building-retrofit jobs — investments to reduce emissions.
- Nature-based climate solutions.
- Conservation and Protected Areas, including Indigenous Protected Areas and Guardian programs.
This document further outlines many complementary recommendations with the potential to create jobs and advance long-term environmental sustainability, including:
- Further transformative large-scale investments in renewable and decentralized energy, transit, restoration and natural infrastructure.
- Smaller job-intensive investments including existing Great Lakes programs, wildlife collision-mitigation infrastructure, and supporting reduced reliance on single-use plastic and expansion of the circular economy.
- Renewing and improving existing foundational programs such as environmental enforcement, the Chemicals Management Plan, Pest Management Regulatory Agency, fisheries and oceans management, international climate finance, regional-scale governance and First Nations water infrastructure.
- New initiatives to support sustainable agriculture, fresh water, Canadian Water Agency, and environmental data and science.
Implementing these Green Budget Coalition recommendations would lead to transformative progress in advancing a healthier, safer future for Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
Green Budget Coalition’s April 2020 letter to Prime Minister Trudeau
In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, this letter to the prime minister provides input on aligning needed stimulus measures with core environmental objectives to maximize benefits to Canadians in these unprecedented times and beyond.