Effective Climate Change

The Canada’s Recovery Plan document provides precise details on how a Conservative government will
address climate issues. Of particular interest to your readers is the pledge to bring an end to dumping
sewage into our lakes and rivers. The newly created Energy Saving Performance Contracting (ESPC) is a
partnership between private sector financing and building owners, including municipal buildings, to fund
major retrofits to improve building efficiencies. A similar program will exist for homeowners, to replace
the current one-off programs that are sporadic and hard to access. A Conservative government will
implement a national action plan on floods, which includes working with local municipalities to identify
high-risk flood areas and establishes an insurance plan for homeowners.

Here are some of the details, more can be found on page 84 of Canada’s Recovery Plan

Canada’s Conservatives will build resiliency and better prepare Canada for the impacts of a changing
climate by:
• Appointing a national disaster resilience advisor to the Privy Council Office.
° This office would be analogous to the National Security and Intelligence Advisor established
after 9/11 and would advise Cabinet and the Prime Minister’s Office, helping ensure that the
government is prepared for future risks.
• Implementing a national action plan on floods, including establishing a residential high risk flood
insurance program to ensure all Canadians are financially protected while avoiding future
government bailouts.
• Devising and implementing a national climate adaptation strategy that is:
° Based on measurable targets;
° Addresses existing provincial concerns on flood readiness while leveraging private sector
solutions to reduce government exposure and spending; and
° Addresses wildfire and drought exposure in collaboration with farmers, ranchers, and
foresters.
• Incorporating a mitigation and adaptation lens to the government’s infrastructure investments.
° Communities must be able to identify risks and be able to plan to address them. An
adaptation lens can include designing infrastructure to be resilient to extreme weather
events, but it also might include designing other infrastructure to protect against
known hazards. In either case, this will help communities be prepared in the event of an
emergency.
• Working with provinces and territories to develop a natural infrastructure plan that includes:
° The development of a national standard to assess the value of natural infrastructure;
° A requirement that public sector accounting practices be updated to include a proper
valuation of existing natural infrastructure;
° Requirements to incorporate retention of natural infrastructure into community design; and
° Incentives for farmers and landowners to protect and restore natural infrastructure.
• Investing in technology that can improve the early detection of wildfires and better predict
their behaviour.

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