February 13, 2018 – The Government of Canada recently introduced four Bills that constitute a major overhaul of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), the Fisheries Act, the National Energy Board Act and the Navigation Protection Act.
CHA agrees with the need for enhancing the public trust in and credibility of the Canadian regulatory system and supports the government’s initiative towards that end. However, these changes will have significant impact on hydropower and CHA will be actively participating in the federal government consultations on finalizing the legislation and on the accompanying regulations. ... read more
Canada’s government will set a minimum price for carbon pollution beginning in 2018 to meet its Paris climate agreement targets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today, Monday October 3rd, 2016.
A minimum federal price of $10 per metric ton will be set in 2018, rising by $10 each year to $50 per ton in 2022 when it will be reviewed, Trudeau announced today in a speech to Parliament. Provinces and territories will have flexibility in deciding how to implement carbon pricing.
The following is a summary of the plan:
Provinces and territories with a direct price on carbon pollution, the price should start at a minimum of $10 per tonne in 2018, rising by $10 each year to $50 per tonne in 2022.
Provinces and territories with a cap-and-trade system will meet the benchmark by setting their annual caps to achieve at least the same amount of emissions reductions that would result from the carbon price in a price-based system. Cap-and-trade systems will also need a 2030 emissions reduction target equal to or greater than Canada’s 30% reduction target.
The provinces and territories will keep the revenues to use as they see fit. This includes returning to consumers, helping vulnerable communities, or supporting businesses that innovate.
The Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) is encouraged by the announcement made this week, by Prime Minister Trudeau, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama, who pledged to get half their electricity from clean power by 2025. The CHA is also pleased to see many interesting commitments spelled out in the North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership Action Plan released today.
Canada has one of the cleanest electricity systems in the world, with more than 60% of its electricity coming from clean and renewable hydropower. However, continental efforts such as the one committed to yesterday by the ‘Three Amigos’ send a clear message that, together, renewable sources of electricity are a key solution to moving toward a low carbon future.
Regarding this announcement, CHA President Jacob Irving added that “Canada is very well placed to play a very important role in this clean economy transition thanks to its abundance of renewable power”.
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Vancouver - March 3, 2016
Prime Minister Trudeau and Premiers agreed today on a path towards a climate change strategy. In this deal, already called the 'Vancouver Declaration', federal and provincial negotiators have agreed to work toward a "Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change" expected this fall.
In fact, Prime Minister Trudeau said the discussions with Canada's premiers were "tremendously productive" and that the framework developed would see the federal government invest in green infrastructure, public transit and the electrification of transportation. He also noted that a price on carbon is an essential tool in the effort to fight climate change and said the leaders would continue to work together to meet that end, taking into consideration the varying challenges of the different provinces and territories.
Other key commitments include:
Working with the provinces and territories on leveraging federal investments in the Low Carbon Economy Fund to bring incremental emission reductions.
Advancing the electrification of vehicle transportation.
The development of regional plans for clean electricity transmission to reduce emissions.
Efforts to eliminate the dependence on diesel in Indigenous, remote and Northern communities with renewable, clean energy.
Double investments in clean energy, research and development over five years.