Only a little for the environment in the 2015 Canadian Government Budget

The 2015 Canadian Budget contains very little for those who believe that there is a need for additional spending on the environment. The following are environmental commitments, initiatives, and spending described in the 2015 Federal Government budget:

  • We [the government] will only proceed with natural resource projects that are safe for Canadians and safe for our environment.
  • $34 million over five years, starting in 2015-16, for consultations related to projects assessed under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
  • Economic Action Plan 2015 includes investments to enhance marine transportation safety in the Arctic as well as to strengthen environmental protection, spill prevention and response measures in Canadian waters.
  • $80 million over five years, starting in 2015-16, to the National Energy Board for safety and environmental protection and greater engagement with Canadians.
  • $72.3 million in 2015–16, on a cash basis, to Atomic Energy of Canada Limited to maintain safe and reliable operations at the Chalk River Laboratories.
  • $30.8 million over five years, starting in 2015-16, for measures to enhance the safety of marine transportation.
  • Legislation to re-establish a moratorium on oil and gas activities in Georges Bank, Nova Scotia.
  • Support the transformation of the forest sector by providing $86 million over two years, starting in 2016-17, to extend the Forest Innovation Program and the Expanding Market Opportunities Program.
  • $75 million over three years, starting in 2015-16, [for continuing] the implementation of the Species at Risk Act.
  • Providing $2.0 million in 2015-16 to the Pacific Salmon Foundation to support the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project.
  • Extending the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Program by providing $10 million per year for three years, starting in 2016-17.
  • Dedicating $34 million over five years, starting in 2015-16, to continue to support meteorological and navigational warning services in the Arctic.
  • Renewing the Chemicals Management Plan, with $491.8 million over five years, starting in 2016-17.
  • Renewing support for the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan with $99.6 million over four years ($1.35 billion on a cash basis), starting in 2016-17.
  • $15 million per year to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, of which $10 million per year is directed to collaborations between companies and researchers from universities and colleges under the new consolidated suite of similar business innovation programs. This new funding will target research areas such as natural resources and energy, advanced manufacturing, and environment and agriculture.
  • The Government intends to ensure that the costs associated with undertaking environmental studies and community consultations that are required in order to obtain an exploration permit will be eligible for Canadian Exploration Expense treatment.

GallonDaily was unable to find any mention of spending to address climate change or water quantity and quality issues in this Budget.

A full set of 2015 budget documents can be found at

http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/docs/download-telecharger/index-eng.html

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