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Wilkinson seeks input on Green Buildings Strategy

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Wilkinson seeks input on Green Buildings Strategy

OTTAWA — Federal Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson has announced the launch of a public engagement process for the federal Canada Green Buildings Strategy.

The strategy will seek to mobilize national action to reduce emissions by 37 per cent from 2005 by 2030 and to create a net-zero-emissions buildings sector by 2050, stated a release.

The strategy will focus on increasing the rate of building retrofits and ensuring new buildings are resilient and net-zero-ready.

Efforts will also focus on transforming space and water heating.

The government has allocated $150 million to the program, as committed to in Canada’s Emissions Reduction Plan. Pillars of the strategy include leading by example, mandating change, enabling investment decisions and training the workforce, said the release.

The input portal has two sections, for professionals in the field and for citizens.

The Canada Green Buildings Council estimates that Canada’s green building industry could support approximately 1.5 million direct jobs by 2030, up from 462,000 today.

Canada’s climate plan is providing $1.5 billion over five years toward green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades of existing public community buildings and the construction of new, publicly accessible community buildings.

“Canada’s Green Building Strategy will help grow our economy and achieve our ambitious climate objectives,” stated Wilkinson. “I look forward to hearing from Canadians on the path forward.”                     

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