What are some of the actions Canadian provinces are taking on climate change?

The various regions of Canada are already facing the adverse effects of climate change such as sea level rise, flooding, rising temperatures and coastal erosion. Heat waves and ecological changes can cause health-related illnesses and vector-borne diseases in Quebec and Ontario.

British Columbia and Alberta may face negative impacts on their critical infrastructure due to increased droughts, wildfires, landslides and coastal erosion. Thus, provinces and territories in Canada may face different impacts due to increased climate change. Today in this article, we will be discussing some of the actions provinces and territories across Canada are taking to address climate change.

BC Climate Action

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions in industry, transport, communities and buildings and meet the target of reducing emissions to 40% below 2007 levels by 2030, at 60 80% by 2040 and 80% by 2050, this province has put together a CleanBC Roadmap that includes policy actions and investments. The CleanBC roadmap to 2030 will help achieve the new net zero goal by 2050.

Alberta Climate Action

Alberta plans to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas production to 45% below 2014 levels by 2025. It is also focused on generating 30% of electricity from renewable sources. by 2030 through the Renewable Electricity Act (2016).

Alberta’s Technology Innovation Emissions Reduction (TIER) is considered the keystone of Alberta’s emissions management system that applies to conventional oil and gas sites and large emitters.

To support energy efficiency, carbon capture and better methane management, the Alberta government has declared an investment of up to $750 million from the TIER Fund.

To support the development of future climate programs, partnerships and policies, the Government of Alberta has worked with Indigenous communities, industry and municipal stakeholders, and experts.

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Saskatchewan Climate Action

This province launched Prairie Resilience: A Made in Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy. Saskatchewan’s Climate Change Strategy includes more than 40 commitments to address the issue of climate change.

The climate resilience measurement framework focuses on tracking resilience-related progress in the following areas:

  • Natural systems
  • Physical infrastructure
  • Economic sustainability
  • Community preparation

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Manitoba Climate Action

A Made in Manitoba Climate and Green Plan (2017) focuses on four pillars including climate, jobs, water and nature. Key elements include wetlands and watersheds, adaptation, clean energy, water quality, forests and natural areas, wildlife and their habitat, conservation, etc.

This province is focused on creating a hydrogen strategy that will support the transition to less fossil fuels and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. To support the diversion of organic waste from landfills to reduce future methane emissions, the Manitoba government has incorporated a Green Impact Bond.

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Ontario’s Climate Action

The Ontario government is focused on reducing emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Made-in-Ontario environment plan emphasizes monitoring

  • Fight against climate change
  • Protects air, land and water
  • Keeps waterways, parks and neighborhoods clean and free of litter and litter by reducing the amount of trash that goes into a landfill
  • Protects natural areas and species
  • Supports infrastructure development
  • Supports a vibrant cleantech sector
  • Hold polluters accountable for their greenhouse gas emissions

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Quebec’s climate plan

Quebec is focused on reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 37.5% below 1990 levels by 2030. This province has established a 2030 Plan for a Green Economy, a strategic framework on electrification and climate change in November 2020. This plan will help Québec meet its objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. This action plan will focus on the following elements:

  • It will focus on the electrification of the economy which includes industrial and transport activities
  • It will focus on promoting energy efficiency and responsible consumption
  • Focuses on climate change mitigation
  • Focuses on Quebec’s adaptation to climate change
  • Aims to make Quebec a resilient and low-carbon player

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At the end of the line

Increased greenhouse gas emissions will lead to altered precipitation patterns, harsh weather conditions, water crisis, droughts and heat waves and will negatively impact human health, animals and their habitats. It becomes a threat to Canada and the world. So, helping to reduce emissions and save the planet is the responsible thing to do. We can achieve this by using sustainable transport, reducing waste, preventing water pollution and using renewable resources.

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