Liberals move forward to cut energy bills and fight the climate crisis

A re-elected Liberal government will help Canadians lower their energy bills, make their homes more energy-efficient, and give them the tools to prepare for climate related disasters.

Many Canadians live in homes that aren’t energy efficient, which means higher utility bills and more pollution. And climate change is putting homes are in danger of being destroyed from the ever-increasing number of floods and wildfires. Climate change is real, and it’s happening now. As a country, we need to come together to fight it, and we also need to deal with its consequences.

“Here in Toronto, homeowners and renters want to save money and take action to save the planet, too,” said Adam Vaughan. “Climate change is already having a real impact here in Toronto. On the Island, residents homes have been badly impacted by recent flooding,” said Adam Vaughan.

A re-elected Liberal government will make life more affordable for Canadians, cut our emissions, and protect the environment.
● We will help retrofit 1.5 million homes to help Canadians make their homes more energy efficient, and better protect them from climate-related risks;
● We will help homeowners and landlords pay for retrofits by giving them an interest-free loan of up to $40,000;
● We will help people buy newly built homes that are certified zero-emissions by giving them a Net Zero Homes Grant of up to $5,000; and
● We will invest $100 million in skills training, to ensure there are enough qualified workers to keep up with energy audits, retrofits, and net-zero home construction.

We will also be there for Canadians when disaster strikes, by:
● protecting homeowners who are at high risk of flooding and don’t have adequate insurance protection, by creating a low-cost national flood insurance program;
● helping Canadians better understand the risks they face when they buy a home, by working with provinces and territories to complete all flood maps in Canada;
● developing a national action plan to assist homeowners with potential relocation for those at the highest risk of repeat flooding; and
● help Canadians whose jobs and livelihoods are affected when disaster strikes, by working with stakeholders and experts to design an E.I. Disaster Assistance Benefit.

These measures will build on four years of climate action by our government, including:

● introducing over 50 measures to fight climate change and protect our environment, from banning single-use plastics to putting a price on pollution;
● investing to encourage new homes to be built carbon neutral;
● helping ensure Canadians have access to the most energy-efficient appliances to help cut energy costs and support our climate action goals; and
● establishing the $2 billion Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund to help communities prevent and prepare for growing climate risks.

“Andrew Scheer doesn’t have a real climate plan. He wants to make pollution free again – which would increase our emissions,” said Justin Trudeau. “Denial is not a policy. We can go back to the Harper years, when the Conservatives did nothing about climate change – or fight for a better future. I’m for moving forward.”