Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan
The Manitoba government has released A Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, focusing on climate change, jobs, water and nature, to support the provincial economy and sustain the environment for future generations, Premier Brian Pallister and Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires announced Oct. 27.
“Our vision is to make Manitoba the cleanest, greenest and most climate-resilient province in Canada,” said Pallister.
The plan also sets out a made-in-Manitoba approach to carbon pricing that is about half the amount mandated by the federal government, giving Manitoba the second-lowest carbon price in Canada by 2022.
The Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan sets out new initiatives to protect wetlands and watersheds, water quality, and wild species and habitats. Low carbon economy jobs will be encouraged through green infrastructure, clean technology, innovation financing, and skills and training, the minister added.
New tools for Great Lakes’ Blue Accounting initiative
Water Canada reports that the Great Lakes Commission and The Nature Conservancy have launched new information services for the Blue Accounting initiative, which is designed to better manage the freshwater in the Great Lakes Basin.
Blue Accounting contributes to a greater understanding of five key areas of lake health: aquatic invasive species, coastal wetlands, maritime transportation, phosphorus control (known as ErieStat), and source water protection. Learn more.
Funding for infrastructure projects to spur ‘clean growth economy’
Innovative green infrastructure projects are among initiatives in communities across Canada that will receive funding from two new programs, the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
Federal funding of just over $6.8 million has been allocated to 103 projects in 97 communities, including the City of Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative Update 2016-2017, which will receive $175,000.
“These new programs will help municipalities to plan, build and maintain their infrastructure more strategically, and will enable them to invest in infrastructure projects reducing greenhouse gas emissions and better preparing for the impacts of climate change. Innovative green infrastructure projects contribute to a clean growth economy and strengthen the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and sustainable places to live, said Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities in a news release Oct. 19.