Selwyn, Ontario, May 17 2018 — No matter what challenges they faced, Canadians have always looked to the future—working hard to build a more prosperous and more just world for themselves, their children and their grandchildren. They understand that our quality of life—and our present and future prosperity—is deeply connected to the environment in which we live.
Today, at the Kawartha Land Trust’s Dance Nature Sanctuary, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha, engaged Kawartha Land Trust staff and supporters in a discussion about the significance of preserving our region’s natural spaces, conservation efforts, and the importance of a healthy environment. The discussion also highlighted how, through Budget 2018, the Federal Government is helping to grow a healthy and sustainable clean economy—one that creates growth and middle class jobs, and preserves Canada’s natural heritage for generations to come.
Through Budget 2018, the Government is supporting a clean environment for future generations, with measures that will make an historic $1.3 billion investment to protect Canada’s nature, parks and wild spaces, so that future generations of Canadians can continue to hike in our forests and swim in our lakes. This includes $500 million to create a new Nature Fund. As one of the most significant investments in nature conservation in Canadian history, this funding will:
- increase federal capacity to protect species at risk and put in place new recovery initiatives for priority species, areas, and threats to our environment;
- expand national wildlife areas and migratory bird sanctuaries;
- increase federal capacity to manage protected areas, including national parks;
- continue implementation of the Species at Risk Act by supporting assessment, listing, recovery planning, and action planning activities; and
- establish a coordinated network of conservation areas working with provincial, territorial, and Indigenous partners.
Budget 2018 upholds Canada’s place in the world with investments that protect our environment, and promote equality and prosperity for those who need it most at home and around the world.
“Protecting biodiversity and a healthy environment is work that requires partnerships. Through our government’s investment of $1.3 billion, we are establishing a network of conservation areas and partners, like Kawartha Land Trust, to meet the United Nations target of protecting 17% of our land by 2020.”
Hon. Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha