Below are a summary of the measures in Budget 2016 related to energy efficiency and lower carbon fuels.
Energy efficiency and clean energy policies increase the uptake of clean technologies, reduce the environmental impact of energy use and can provide cost savings for Canadians. These measures are essential for the transition to a low-carbon economy. Budget 2016 provides $128.8 million over five years, starting in 2016-17, to deliver energy efficiency policies and programs, and maintain clean energy capacity.
To support the transition to lower-carbon transportation fuels, Budget 2016 provides $62.5 million over two years, starting in 2016-17, to support the deployment of electric vehicle and alternative transportation fuels infrastructure.
$125 million over the next two years to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to enhance the Green Municipal Fund.
To encourage businesses to invest in clean energy equipment, Budget 2016 expands eligibility for the accelerated capital cost allowance in two important emerging areas: electric vehicle charging and electrical energy storage.
In the context of the pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the Government has committed to create a Low Carbon Economy Fund. Budget 2016 provides $2 billion over two years, starting in 2017-18, to establish the Low Carbon Economy Fund, which will support provincial and territorial actions that materially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are incremental to current plans.
Sustained action on climate change, framed by sound science and driven by transparent reporting of results and ambitious policy and regulatory measures, will support the transition to a low-carbon economy. Budget 2016 provides $109.1 million over five years, starting in 2016-17, to continue to advance the Government’s domestic climate change objectives.
The transportation sector represented 23 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2013, and is the second largest source of emissions in Canada. Budget 2016 provides $56.9 million over two years, starting in 2016-17, to support the transition to a cleaner transportation sector, including through the development of regulations and standards for clean technology.
To reduce the environmental impact of energy use in northern communities, Budget 2016 provides $10.7 million over two years, starting in 2016-17, to implement renewable energy projects in off-grid Indigenous and northern communities that rely on diesel and other fossil fuels to generate heat and power.
Integrating climate resilience into building design guides and codes will help Canada adapt to a changing climate. Budget 2016 provides $40 million over five years, starting in 2016-17, to support revised national building codes by 2020 for residential, institutional, commercial and industrial facilities.
From reducing greenhouse gas emissions to transforming the way we live, work and move around our communities, municipalities are on the front lines of serving Canadians. Recognizing the important role that municipalities can play in combatting climate change, the Government has announced $75 million in new funding to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for local governments to address climate change.
A new $50 million capacity building fund to support the use of asset management best practices in communities across Canada to be delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
$250 million over two years for new partnerships with municipalities on innovative green infrastructure projects and capacity-building.
To support retrofits and renovations to existing social housing, Budget 2016 proposes to provide $573.9 million over two years, starting in 2016–17. This investment will help address the increasing demand for repairs as social housing units age and will also improve efficiency and reduce energy use, lowering utility costs and making housing more affordable.