Peggy Nash releases plan to create green cities and jobs
Toronto / 18 January 2012 – Peggy Nash, MP for Parkdale–High Park and NDP leadership candidate, unveiled today her strategy for greening Canadian municipalities, investing in infrastructure, and creating green jobs.
“This plan is a bold step toward reducing our individual and collective carbon footprint, fighting climate change in meaningful ways, and protecting our environment,” said Nash.
“Our communities need projects that reduce our infrastructure deficit while developing transit, building retrofits, and other municipal infrastructure priorities.”
In her plan, Nash vows to:
- Establish a National Transit Strategy with a ten-year funding horizon;
- Create two Canada Green Communities funds – one for cities, one for smaller municipalities – whose mandate will be to invest in municipal projects such as transit and affordable housing renewal to maximize GHG emission reductions;
- Establish a new Canada Green Buildings fund to fast-track energy efficiency investments and drive the application of innovative green technologies;
- Bring together municipal, provincial, and First Nations representatives to shape how funds will achieve GHG reduction and infrastructure goals and ensure the process for receiving/applying funds meets the needs of both municipalities, provinces, First Nations, and the Government of Canada;
- Develop a permanent inventory of pre-approved Canada Green Communities infrastructure projects and accelerate funding during periods of slow economic growth;
- Mandate the Canadian Housing and Mortgage Corporation to support investments in energy efficiency for buildings through commercial loans collateralized against future energy savings and repayment schedules that reflect the planned financial return of the energy investment;
- Revise national building and energy codes to set the highest standards for new and existing buildings, including the requirement to publish energy consumption rates; and
- Lead by bringing all federal buildings up to new standards set through changes to the national building and energy codes.
“Perhaps most importantly, these targeted investments will spur development of green technologies and new green jobs that will sustain and grow our economy,” Nash added.
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