Ottawa, February 19, 2001 - The Government of Canada will
invest $120.2 million in new measures to accelerate action on clean air,
Environment Minister David Anderson announced today.
The action plan focuses on a 10 year regulatory road map for cleaner vehicles
and fuels, initial measures to reduce smog causing emissions from industrial
sectors, improvements to the cross country network of pollutant monitoring
stations and expansion of the public reporting by industry on pollutant
releases. The plan will deliver cleaner air to 30 million Canadians and ensure
Canada meets its commitments to implement the Canada-U.S. Ozone Annex signed in
"Last spring I launched the Clean Air strategy and today I'm delivering on
our promises," said Minister Anderson. "That strategy included steps to reduce
transboundary pollution, to ensure cleaner transportation, to reduce the
emission of smog pollutants from industrial sectors, to initiate more clean air
science and to help Canadians and communities who want to take their own clean
air actions. We've signed the Ozone Annex with the U.S, we're delivering a
regulatory plan for cleaner vehicles and fuels, we're strengthening our
monitoring and public reporting of contaminants and we've started the work to
reduce emissions from the industrial sector."
The Ozone Annex, negotiated last year under the Canada-U.S. Air Quality
Agreement, includes commitments by both countries to dramatically reduce the
smog-causing pollutants nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds that
cause ground-level ozone to form and which create health and environmental
problems on both sides of the border. The Annex also contains commitments on
monitoring and reporting measures.
"We know that air pollution affects our health, and that children, senior
citizens and those with respiratory and cardiac illness are particularly
vulnerable to the health effects of dirty air", said Minister Anderson.
"Therefore, our job is not finished. We will continue to work on reducing
emissions from industrial sectors, on engaging more and more Canadians and on
strengthening the foundation of clean air science."
The $120.2 million investment in cleaner air builds on earlier initiatives
including regulations to reduce sulphur levels in gasoline, measures to enhance
science and monitoring programs on acid rain and leading in the development of a
United Nations treaty to reduce Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) such as
PCBs and dioxins and furans.
Government measures directed at reducing air pollutants complement
initiatives to combat climate change. Bringing cleaner fuels, alternative energy
sources and greener transportation to Canadians also reduce greenhouse gases
emissions, and will help Canada reach its international commitments on climate
Information: Francine Payne
(613) 991-5633 .
The Government of Canada will invest $120.2 million in new measures to
accelerate action on clean air, Environment Minister David Anderson announced
Photo: Edgar Lachance