For the Green Budget Coalition, the 2018 federal budget is cause for celebration. The Liberal government has committed $1.3B over five years to expand protected ecosystems, broaden species protection, and support Indigenous-led conservation and stewardship.
“This is a game-changer for conservation in Canada,” stated John Lounds, President and CEO of GBC member organization Nature Conservancy of Canada. “We look forward to working with the Government of Canada and all our partners to achieve conservation results of global significance.”
The Green Budget Coalition (GBC) is comprised of twenty leading environmental and conservation organizations and is co-funded by Metcalf. Each year the coalition undertakes an analysis of the most pressing issues on environmental sustainability in Canada and publishes a report with recommendations regarding strategic fiscal and budgetary opportunities, which it submits to the federal government. GBC members include groups such as the David Suzuki Foundation, World Wildlife Fund Canada, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Nature Canada, and the Canadian Environmental Law Association.