Timeline: Action on Climate Change

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The Government of Canada is taking an aggressive approach to climate change that achieves environmental and economic benefits for all Canadians. Take a look at the recent progress that the Government has made to address climate change.

2010:

  • April - Invested $500 million in research to help reduce greenhouse gases from building construction.
  • September - Released final regulations requiring 5% renewable fuel content in gasoline.
  • October - Joined the REDD+ partnership, which aims to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
  • October - Announced $400 million in fast-start financing to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
  • October - Finalized regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars and light trucks model years 2011-2016.
  • December - Supported the Cancun Agreement outcomes at the COP 16 climate change conference.

2011:

  • April - The Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage project in Saskatchewan to which the Government of Canada provided $240 million, is approved for construction.
  • August - Announced $281 million to support the development of clean energy technologies.
  • September - Announced $195 million to improve energy efficiency in Canadian buildings and industries.
  • November - Committed $148.8 million to help address the impacts of climate change on Canadians.
  • November - Committed $600.8 million over five years to Government of Canada climate change and clean air programs.
  • December - Announced a total package of $1.2 billion in fast-start financing to support developing countries.
  • December - Supported the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action at COP 17, which moves us toward an international climate change treaty by 2020 that includes all major emitters.   

2012:

  • February - Launched the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants alongside international partners.
  • February - Joined the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, which aims to reduce emissions of black carbon, a short-lived climate pollutant.
  • February - Provided $10 million in fast-start financing to address short-lived climate pollutants.
  • June - Released Canada's Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aviation.
  • September - Released final regulations to reduce GHG emissions from coal-fired electricity generation.
  • November - Released proposed regulations to reduce GHG emissions from passenger cars and light trucks model years 2017 and beyond.
  • December - Supported the Doha Climate Gateway at the COP 18 climate change conference.

2013:

  • February - Released final regulations to reduce GHG emissions from heavy-duty vehicles such as full-size pick-ups, semi trucks, garbage trucks and buses.
  • April - Announced an additional $10 million to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants.
  • April - Data showed that between 2005 and 2011, the economy grew by 8.4% while Canadian GHG emissions decreased by 4.8%.
  • November - Made progress towards a new global climate change agreement that includes all major emitters at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland.
  • December - The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants celebrates a successful first year where membership grew from six founding countries to over 70 members.