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Environment and Climate Change Strategy

B.C. sets new 2025 emission target, details climate action in CleanBC report

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Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

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Media Contacts

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Media Relations
250 953-3834

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Investments in climate action through B.C.’s economic recovery plan

In addition to the actions outlined in the 2020 Climate Change Accountability Report, the Province is investing more than $220 million in CleanBC-related programs to reduce emissions and create good jobs for people through StrongerBC, BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. These investments include:

  • more than $60 million in incentives for zero emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in the commercial transport sector;
  • a new Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy ($35 million) to help commercialize clean technology in B.C. – creating good jobs and supporting technological advancements to transition to a cleaner future;
  • $17 million in active transportation to help people get out of their cars and save money along the way;
  • an additional $8 million in the Building Innovation Fund, which supports innovative technology and design that reduce energy use and emissions in the building sector;
  • $2 million for the Property Assessment Clean Energy financing tool to help more people and businesses conserve energy and reduce power bills;
  • $5 million in new incentives for industry and businesses to increase their capacity to use more recycled materials and keep plastics out of landfills and the environment; and
  • an additional $3 million to support the adoption of mass timber in buildings to reduce carbon and support good jobs in the forestry sector.

In addition, the Province is investing approximately $90 million to help B.C. prepare for climate change. This includes investments to:

  • restore and conserve species, ecosystems and wetlands through nearly $50 million to protect natural spaces while creating more than 1,400 jobs for people;
  • support upgrades to provincial highways and roads to make them more resilient to increased flooding from climate change ($20 million);
  • reduce the risk of wildfires on Crown land, while creating more than 500 jobs in rural communities ($20 million); and
  • help farmers adapt to climate change by funding the On-Farm Innovation Top Up program that encourages farm practices to help mitigate the impacts of climate change ($1.6 million).