In today’s article for Policy Options, a publication of the Institute for Research on Public Policy,¬†ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford and ICABCCI Research Lead Dr. Alison Shaw urge federal leaders to consider well-planned integrated actions that not only reduce emissions, but also yield more resilient and sustainable communities for everyone.

Canada’s Budget 2021 commits $8.75 billion CAD to mitigation actions such as clean energy production, electrification, and efficiency, as well as adaptation efforts such as stormwater system upgrades, wetland and shoreline restoration, and flood mapping.

However, these actions need to incorporate integrated climate policies, or low carbon resilience. Federal funding needs to be given for integrated LCR approaches, rather than continuing to separate funding for adaptation and mitigation actions.

As federal leaders move to direct the Budget 2021 funding into policies, projects and programs, we urge them to consider the growing body of evidence that well-planned integrated actions can not only reduce emissions, but also yield more resilient and sustainable communities for everyone.

Read the article here