Nature Canada

Budget 2018: A Billion Dollar Investment to Protect Nature in Canada

Stephen Hazell, Director of Conservation and General Counsel

Nature lovers – rejoice: Nature’s protection is taking flight and the 2018 federal budget is an amazing first step!

The recent $1.3 billion investment in new protected areas and in species at risk conservation is a groundbreaking initiative for the entire country, and marks the beginning of the most exciting environmental campaign in Canada over the next five years.

Nature Canada congratulates Finance Minister Morneau, Prime Minister Trudeau, and Environment and Climate Change Minister McKenna on Budget 2018. We think that Canada’s wildlife would also applaud.

Going beyond landscapes, inland waters and oceans, Nature Canada is also pleased that the federal government will invest in protected areas to be established by provincial and Indigenous governments. Providing financial support to Indigenous governments such as the Moose Cree First Nation to protect and manage their sacred places such as the North French watershed is surely an important step toward reconciliation.

Nature conservation is no longer something that is nice to have, it is something Canada needs to have. Even with this federal investment, meeting Canada’s international commitment to protect 17% of our lands and waters by 2020 will be a challenge. Fortunately, Nature Canada, along with provincial and local nature groups, are poised and ready for the next steps.

Nature Canada is Canada’s oldest national nature conservation charity, and is a member of the Green Budget Coalition (GBC). The GBC’s recommendations for the Budget 2018 can be found here.

Working with governments, local and Indigenous communities, and industry, we are ready to take full advantage of the opportunities to protect ecologically important places across the country, whether grasslands in Saskatchewan, Carolinian forests in Ontario, Acadian forests in the Maritimes, or wetlands in British Columbia or Quebec.

Why not send a letter of thanks now to key government officials and remind them of the work needed to protect 17% of our lands and waters by 2020?

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