Environment & Natural Resources

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  1. Today, the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, Marci Ien, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced approximately $3.3 million for Noventa Energy Partners to cut pollution at the Toronto Western Hospital using innovative technology.
  2. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a more than $235,000 investment for SWTCH Energy Inc. to install 61 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in Ontario and Quebec to encourage the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and provide consumers with more green options to charge and drive their vehicles.
  3. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $630,000 investment to install 126 electric vehicle (EV) chargers at a multi-unit residential building and commercial site in the City of White Rock.
  4. The Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., today announced a $50,000 investment in Toronto’s Ecohive Inc. to raise awareness of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and help Canadians make informed decisions when choosing their next vehicle.
  5. Joël Lightbound, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a federal investment of $730,096 for a clean mining technology project located in Quebec City and Ottawa.
  6. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced approximately $1.3M to support five projects that aim to reduce plastic waste, prevent plastic pollution and support the transition to a national circular plastics economy.
  7. The Government is investing in Canadian made solutions to reach our zero plastic waste goals.
  8. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $500,000 investment in the development of Hydrostor Inc.’s Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) technology, a scalable and emissions-free long duration energy storage solution.
  9. The Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, on behalf of the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., and Garth Frizzell, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), today launched the Community Buildings Retrofit initiative to help communities of all sizes overcome the barriers of limited budgets and expertise when undertaking greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction projects.
  10. CEPA is Canada’s cornerstone environmental protection law that has been used to reduce air pollution from industry and vehicles, ban asbestos and keep microbeads out of our water. And it is through CEPA that the Government is moving to ban harmful single-use plastics.
  11. Today, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, spoke with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, during the second meeting of the High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Ambition.
  12. Today, the Government of Canada delivered on its commitment to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) and recognized that Canadians have a right to a healthy environment.
  13. Media representatives are advised that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will hold a virtual press conference regarding the steps the Government of Canada is taking to strengthen the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
  14. On behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Garth Frizzell, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, will virtually announce support for green community buildings.
  15. Media representatives are advised that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will participate in a fireside chat with Mr. John Podesta, Founder and Chair of the Center for American Progress as part of the opening ceremonies and plenary of GLOBE Capital 2021.
  16. That is why the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson; the Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Minister Responsible for the Fight Against Racism, and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region, Benoit Charette; and the Mayor of the City of Montréal, Valérie Plante, today announced that they would be devoting $45 million over five years to ensure the continuity of the Biosphere.
  17. Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, on behalf of the Honorouable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, as well as Benoit Charette, Québec Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change and Minister Responsible for the Fight Against Racism, are extending an invitation to media representatives to attend a virtual press conference concerning the future of the Biosphere.
  18. Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced that the $750-million Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) onshore program is on track to cut, in its first year, methane emissions equivalent to 3.1 megatonnes of carbon dioxide, roughly equal to removing 674,000 cars from the road, highlighting encouraging results from the program’s first intake.
  19. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced the Hydrogen Strategy Implementation Strategic Steering Committee, which will advance and measure the progress outlined in the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada launched in December 2020.
  20. Today, Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced that the Government of Canada will invest $6 million in the Discovery Centre’s Inspiring Youth to Climate Action project. This Halifax-based science centre will partner with 30 science centres across the country to engage approximately 200,000 youth in every province and territory as they participate in innovative activities that will inspire them to take real action to fight climate change.
  21. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources, will make a virtual announcement regarding the Emissions Reduction Fund.
  22. Science is fundamental to informing the actions we take to ensure our fisheries sector remains sustainable and healthy.
  23. Today, Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $5.9 million from environmental fines into Let’s Talk Science. With this funding, Let’s Talk Science will engage over 600,000 youth across Canada in climate science awareness and action through regional events, action projects, hands-on activities and a suite of digital resources, including career information.
  24. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources; the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and Garth Frizzell, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), today announced a $23-million investment to Hydro Ottawa through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to create a district energy (DE) system for Ottawa–Gatineau’s carbon-neutral Zibi waterfront development.
  25. Moncton, New Brunswick – On behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, will hold a news conference to highlight the latest milestone in the construction management of the new Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre. He will be accompanied by the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament for Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe.
  26. Vancouver, B.C. – Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North – Seymour, Terry Beech with Fin Donnelly, British Columbia Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Aquaculture, will make an announcement on investments in several projects through the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program (FACTAP).
  27. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Garth Frizzell, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, will virtually announce support for a net-zero community in the National Capital Region.
  28. From April 5 to 16, 2021, more than 10,000 youths from over 140 countries will take part in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) first-ever virtual One Nature, One Future Global Youth Summit, including 400 Canadian youth.
  29. Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, Michael V. McLeod, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced over $640,000 for two projects in the Northwest Territories that will help rural and remote communities combat climate change by reducing their reliance on diesel fuel for heat and power.
  30. The health and safety of Canadians and the protection of our environment are priorities for the Government of Canada.
  31. The Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $3-million investment to Envoy Energy for the installation of three natural gas stations on the Prairies that will put the trucking industry in the driver’s seat on the road to a cleaner future.
  32. Marc Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $3-million investment to Envoy Energy for the installation of three natural gas stations in northern Ontario that will put the trucking industry in the driver’s seat on the road to a cleaner future by helping it switch from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG).
  33. Canada and the United States share a common vision: that of a prosperous and sustainable economy that will help protect the environment and health of communities across North America. The U.S. and Canada share the world’s longest border, common ecosystems, and an integrated economy. Today we recommit to working together to fight climate change and grow our economies for the benefit of all our citizens, including those most vulnerable to climate and environmental threats.
  34. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a federal investment of $50,000 to the Pollution Probe Foundation to raise awareness of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and help Canadians choose zero-emission for their next vehicle.
  35. The Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies and Member of Parliament of Winnipeg South Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $1,990,000 investment in the University of Alberta’s biojet technology.
  36. A key part of protecting aquatic species at risk is ensuring their critical habitat is also protected. The Government of Canada recognizes that we must safeguard these vital areas—including breeding sites, nursery areas, or feeding grounds—to help our at-risk species recover and survive for future generations.
  37. The Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies and Member of Parliament of Winnipeg South Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, will make a virtual funding announcement for a clean technology project.
  38. When the Government of Canada launched the Oceans Protection Plan, a primary objective was to address wrecked, abandoned and hazardous vessels across Canada. Three years later, the Government remains committed to protecting Canada’s oceans and waterways by removing these vessels in a safe and environmentally-responsible way.
  39. Microplastics have been found on almost every beach, on the surface of every ocean, in deepest parts of the sea, and in some of the most remote parts of the planet. The Government of Canada is further investing in research to better inform the protection of our oceans, lakes, rivers and waterways and the many species that call them home from contaminants like microplastics.
  40. The Government of Canada is further investing in research to better inform the protection of our oceans, lakes, rivers and waterways, and the many species that call them home. The unfortunate reality is that microplastics, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and oil- and gas-related contaminants enter our water systems due to human activity. This means we must continue to study and understand the threats that our ecosystems face.
  41. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a collaboration with Microsoft Canada to develop and apply digital solutions to support Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) sustainable development and climate action research.
  42. St. John’s, NL – The Government of Canada is committed to responsibly managing Snow crab fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador to ensure the sustainability of the stock for today and generations to come. This work requires close collaboration with harvesters, the Fish Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) union, Indigenous partners, and other stakeholders while also considering socioeconomic factors and the most recent science advice.
  43. In June 2018, the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act became law, ensuring that it is no longer free to pollute anywhere in Canada. A price on carbon pollution provides an incentive for climate action and innovation, and in jurisdictions where the federal backstop applies, it puts more money in the pockets of the majority of families. It is a proven, efficient, and cost-effective way of reducing emissions.
  44. On March 26, 2021, Teck Coal Limited was ordered to pay a total of $60 million in fines and monetary court orders after a guilty plea was entered on two counts of unlawfully depositing a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish, contrary to s. 36(3) of the Fisheries Act. In addition to the penalty, the company must also comply with a Fisheries Act Direction.
  45. Between 2012 and 2019, Environment and Climate Change Canada Enforcement conducted a comprehensive investigation into the leaching of selenium and calcite from Teck Coal Limited’s Fording River Operations and Greenhills Operations coal mines into the Fording River and its effect on fish. On March 24, 2021, this investigation culminated in the laying of two charges under the pollution prevention provisions of the Fisheries Act. On March 26, 2021, the company pleaded guilty to the charges and was ordered to pay a total of $60 million in fines and monetary orders.
  46. Media representatives are advised that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will hold a virtual press conference following the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on the constitutionality of Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.
  47. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is addressing the issue of food fraud so Canadians can be confident that the food they buy is accurately represented.
  48. “Today is World Meteorological Day and on this occasion, I would like to congratulate the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) for 150 years of providing Canadians with authoritative, timely and quality weather information. As one of our country’s oldest government institutions, the MSC is a unique national asset with a long and proud history of serving Canadians.
  49. The Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., today announced a combined investment of over $900,000 for two smart grid projects in Alberta that will enhance the energy grid and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  50. On March 18, 2021, Gibson Energy ULC and GEP ULC (operating in partnership as Gibson Energy Partnership) were sentenced in the Provincial Court of Alberta and ordered to pay a total fine of $1.5 million. The companies were found guilty of two counts of violating the Fisheries Act. The fine will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund. In addition to the fine, the companies will be ordered to make a presentation to industry within Strathcona County about the danger of chlorinated water.