Ron McKinnon
Ron McKinnon
Member of Parliament for Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam
Budget 2022 –Analysis by Ron McKinnon, MP - What is in Budget 2022 for Nature?
April 22, 2022

What is in Budget 2022 for Nature and the Environment?

Protecting BC’s Old-Growth Forests

British Columbia’s iconic old-growth forests have deep-rooted cultural significance to indigenous communities and are essential to all British Columbians. They are also critical habitats for dozens of species at risk and migratory birds and are critical natural stores of carbon.

Fighting and Managing Wildfires

Last summer, Canadians again saw the devastating and tragic impact of wildfires in British Columbia. Communities like Lytton saw homes and businesses lost to fire. People across the country spent days under a haze of smoke. Canada is experiencing more frequent and more extreme wildfires, and this trend will continue as the climate changes. Wildfire risk is severe for remote and Indigenous communities, and fires have high economic and environmental costs.

Renewing and Expanding the Oceans Protection Plan

In 2016, the government announced the Oceans Protection Plan to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways and enable their safe and responsible commercial use. Under the Plan, the government has improved monitoring of marine traffic across Canada and restored the health of over 60 aquatic habitats nationally. Today, marine traffic continues to increase in supporting Canada’s growing economy. As a result, the federal government takes additional steps to strengthen marine safety, protect marine ecosystems, and create stronger partnerships with Indigenous and coastal communities.

Protecting Our Freshwater

Canada holds 20 percent of the world’s fresh water supply. Protecting our freshwater is critically important to Canadians, our environment, and our economy. In 2019, the government committed to establishing a federal Canada Water Agency to work with provinces, territories, Indigenous communities, and other stakeholders to find the best ways to keep Canada’s water safe, clean, and well-managed.

Taking More Action to Eliminate Plastic Waste

The federal government is working with all levels of government, industry, and other stakeholders to take action on plastic waste and pollution and work towards zero plastic waste by 2030. A significant step towards this goal is the government’s intent to enact regulations prohibiting certain single-use plastics in 2022.

Under Canada’s G7 presidency in 2018, Canada championed the development of the Ocean Plastics Charter and worked with provincial and territorial governments to develop a Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste.

To read the Budget 2022 speech or to review the budget documents, please visit: https://budget.gc.ca/

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