Environment & Natural Resources

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  1. Media representatives are advised that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will participate in a fireside chat with the President and CEO of Nature Conservancy of Canada, Catherine Grenier, at the Making Nature Investable virtual summit.
  2. Today, the Canadian Coast Guard welcomes 37 new officers to our ranks. Despite the significant challenges posed by COVID-19, each of these new officers has persevered and mastered the skills necessary to serve Canadians across the country, and ensure that the Coast Guard stands ready to respond to incidents on our waterways.
  3. In partnership with Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, Natural Resources Canada and the National Research Council of Canada today announced the German–Canadian Materials Acceleration Centre (GC-MAC).
  4. The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $110,000 investment to the District of Saanich to install 22 Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) chargers at municipally owned sites.
  5. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an investment of $22,500 for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
  6. Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an $86,000 investment to Marine Renewables Canada to accelerate safe, reliable and cost-effective deployment of clean technology systems.
  7. The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Member of Parliament for Beauséjour, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a combined investment of over $200,000 to help three New Brunswick transport companies lower their fuel costs and reduce GHG emissions from their heavy-duty vehicle fleets.
  8. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an investment of more than $1.7 million to British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to address barriers to electric vehicle (EV) adoption.
  9. Today, the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., with Dave Finn, CEO of Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador (PRNL), announced project recipients of the Emissions Reduction Fund’s Offshore Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) program.
  10. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $50,000 investment to the City of North Vancouver to install an electric vehicle (EV) fast charger to encourage the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).
  11. Annie Koutrakis, Member of Parliament for Vimy, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a combined investment of $100,000 to two organizations to run zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) awareness campaigns that will help Canadians make informed decisions when choosing their next vehicle.
  12. Minister of Parliament for Central Nova Sean Fraser, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $25,000 investment in Nova Scotia Health for a pilot project at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital to improve its energy efficiency.
  13. Today, the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., announced that the Government of Canada has approved the NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) North Corridor System Expansion Project with 37 conditions
  14. The President of the Treasury Board, Jean-Yves Duclos met, today, with the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Brenda Mallory, in advance of the inaugural meeting of Greening Government Initiative co-hosted by Canada and the United States, scheduled for April 29, 2021.
  15. Media representatives are advised that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will deliver remarks and discuss Canada’s plan to build a cleaner and more prosperous economy, including through recent investments in Budget 2021, with the Oakville Chamber of Commerce.
  16. Under the Paris Agreement, countries are required to submit national greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), every five years. Each successive NDC is required to be more ambitious than the previous one. Canada’s target up until today was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced a target of 40-45% reductions below 2005 levels by 2030.
  17. Today, the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., announced Canada will join the United States in establishing a new Net-Zero Producers Forum, a platform for oil and gas–producing countries to discuss how the sector can support the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
  18. Today, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, spoke with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. The meeting built on a long history of cooperation on nature-related matters between Canada and the United States.
  19. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, will discuss green technology investments from Budget 2021. The discussion will be hosted by Edmonton Global, and they will be joined by industry representatives.
  20. Media representatives are advised that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will participate in the Leaders Summit on Climate hosted by the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, on April 22, 2021. The Summit will convene heads of state and government, and business and civil society leaders to discuss the urgent need for stronger climate action.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. The Government is investing in Canadian made solutions to reach our zero plastic waste goals.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources, will make a virtual announcement regarding the Emissions Reduction Fund.
  42. Science is fundamental to informing the actions we take to ensure our fisheries sector remains sustainable and healthy.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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).
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. The health and safety of Canadians and the protection of our environment are priorities for the Government of Canada.