CPWA Ottawa Report

April 11, 2022

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Latest News


Deputy Prime Minister Releases Budget 2022


On April 7, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland released Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable. Focused on affordability, Budget 2022 continues the Government’s efforts to invest in innovation and productivity.
As part of A Strong, Growing, and Resilient Economy: Moving on Canada’s Infrastructure Investments, Budget 2022 signals the government’s intention to accelerate the deadline for provinces to fully commit their remaining funding to March 31, 2023. The existing deadline of March 31, 2025, will remain unchanged for the territories. Budget 2022 also proposes to extend the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s construction deadline from October 2027 to October 2033, and will adjust the program’s funding profile so funding is available when needed.
As part of Clean Air and a Strong Economy, Budget 2022 proposes:
  • $400 million over five years, starting in 2022-23, to Natural Resources Canada for the deployment of ZEV charging infrastructure in sub-urban and remote communities through the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP).
  • $547.5 million over four years, starting in 2022-23, to Transport Canada to launch a new purchase incentive program for medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs.
  • $2.2 billion over seven years, starting in 2022-23, to Environment and Climate Change Canada to expand and extend the Low Carbon Economy Fund, which supports the installation of emission-reducing technologies like wind power, solar power, and electric heating in buildings.
  • $169.9 million over 11 years, starting in 2022-23, with $6.9 million in remaining amortization, to the Canadian Space Agency, Natural Resources Canada, and Environment and Climate Change Canada to deliver and operate a new wildfire monitoring satellite system.
  • $780 million over five years, starting in 2022-23, to Environment and Climate Change Canada to expand the Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund, which supports projects that conserve, restore and enhance wetlands, peatlands, and grasslands to capture and store carbon.
  • $43.5 million over five years, starting in 2022-23, and $8.7 million ongoing to Environment and Climate Change Canada to create a new Canada Water Agency, which will be stood-up in 2022.
  • a broadened role for the CIB to invest in private sector-led infrastructure projects including small modular reactors; clean fuel production; hydrogen production, transportation and distribution; and carbon capture, utilization and storage. These new areas fall under the CIB’s existing clean power and green infrastructure investment areas.
On April 11, CPWA welcomed Canada’s 2022 Budget.

Prime Minister Announces 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan


On March 29, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the release of the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: Canada’s Next Steps to Clean Air and a Strong Economy. The plan is a sector-by-sector approach to reach Canada’s new climate target of cutting emissions by 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, with the ultimate goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The plan includes $9.1 billion in new investments to cut pollution and grow the economy, including:
  • More than $2.9 billion in charging infrastructure, providing financial support to make buying zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) more affordable, supporting clean medium- and heavy-duty transportation projects, and developing a regulated sales mandate so that 100 per cent of new passenger vehicles sold in Canada will be zero emission by 2035, with interim targets of at least 20 per cent by 2026, and at least 60 per cent by 2030.
  • Around $1 billion to develop a national net-zero by 2050 buildings plan, the Canada Green Buildings Strategy, with provinces, territories, and other partners to support the adoption of the highest tier building codes, pilot community-scale retrofits, and deep energy retrofits for large buildings.
  • $2.2 billion to expand the Low Carbon Economy Fund to support projects from governments, schools, non-profits, Indigenous Peoples, and more to cut pollution and create jobs in communities across the country.

Legislation


The House of Commons is adjourned until Monday, April 25, 2022. The Senate of Canada is adjourned until Tuesday, April 26, 2022.


Committee Activities


House Environment Committee Presents Report on Single-Use Plastics


On April 4, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development presented to the House of Commons its Report 2: The Impacts of a Ban on Certain Single-Use Plastic Items on Industry, Human Health and the Environment in Canada based on the Committee’s study of Single-Use Plastics. The report outlines 10 recommendations, including that the Government of Canada:
  • Recommendation 1: amend its regulatory process to provide more certainty to groups that are affected by potential regulations in terms of economic costs and environmental impacts.
  • Recommendation 4: host a roundtable for reuse companies and organizations, working with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, to learn more about what infrastructure is needed to support reuse across Canada.
  • Recommendation 5: invest in expanding the country’s recycling infrastructure and innovation, including by supporting the expansion of collection and sorting systems, and by investing in innovative technologies that can improve the rate at which plastics are recycled.
  • Recommendation 6: publish additional information on its work to harmonize recycling standards across Canada and seek additional opportunities to advance this harmonization in collaboration with provinces and territories, industry and communities.
  • Recommendation 7: in collaboration with provinces and territories:
    • continue its work with the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) to develop guidelines for EPR programs across the country; and
    • provide an update about the status of its EPR work with the CCME.
  • Recommendation 8: work with the CCME to provide more regular progress reports on CCME work.
  • Recommendation 9: work with partners to accelerate the development and implementation of minimum recycled content standards.
  • Recommendation 10: take steps to help Canadians distinguish between plastics and plastic alternatives based on how recyclable, compostable or biodegradable they are by, for example, establishing national labelling standards.

Departmental Updates


Indigenous Services Minister Opens Applications for Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative


On April 6, Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu announced that the Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities Initiative is open to applicants for 2022-2023. This initiative commits $103.8 million over five years to support the implementation of Indigenous-designed projects that recognize the importance of traditional knowledge and practices and contribute to greater community safety for Indigenous Peoples. Projects may include safe streets and transportation initiatives, land-based activities, and culture and language programming.


Supports for Zero Emission Bus Transportation Announced


On March 30, Jennifer O’Connell, Parliamentary Secretary to Infrastructure Minister Dominic LeBlanc, announced that the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) has been selected to support transit bus operators by producing comprehensive and accurate zero emission transit bus electrification and planning studies. Transitioning to zero emission buses requires careful planning and sound understanding of operational and technical differences. This is why the Government is investing $10 million through the Zero Emission Transit Fund over five years to allow CUTRIC to work with transit bus operators to complete planning work, and bolster readiness to transition to zero emission transit bus fleets. Their work will also help communities respond to the key challenges of transit electrification.

On the Horizon


Three More Candidates Announce Intent to Enter Conservative Party Leadership Race


Former Conservative MP Leona Alleslev, Toronto businessman Bobby Singh andJoel Etienne, the Conservative candidate for the riding of York Centre in the 2021 federal election, have all signaled their intention to enter the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership race.
The following candidates had previously announced their intention to enter the race:
  • Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, Ontario)
  • Conservative MP Scott Aitchison (Parry Sound—Muskoka, Ontario)
  • Conservative MP Marc Dalton (Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge, British Columbia)
  • Conservative MP Leslyn Lewis (Haldimand—Norfolk, Ontario)
  • Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest
  • Independent Ontario MPP Roman Baber
  • Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown
  • Saskatchewan businessman Joseph Bourgault
Prospective candidates have until April 19 to declare their candidacy and June 3 to submit their application. The party will elect a new leader at its convention on September 10, 2022.