Assault of an inmate at Kent Institution

Source: Government of Canada News (2)

On July 15, 2024, an inmate was the victim of an assault at Kent Institution, a maximum-security federal institution.

July 16, 2024 – Agassiz, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada

On July 15, 2024, an inmate was the victim of an assault at Kent Institution, a maximum-security federal institution. 

The injured inmate was evaluated by staff members and transported to an outside hospital to receive treatment.

The Agassiz detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the institution are presently investigating the incident.

The assailants have been identified and the appropriate actions have been taken.

No staff members or other inmates were injured during this incident.

The safety and security of institutions, staff, and the public remains the highest priority in the operations of the federal correctional system.

In order to improve practices aimed at preventing this type of incident, the Correctional Service of Canada will review the circumstances of the incident and take the appropriate measures.

Government of Canada’s new Canada Green Buildings Strategy to help Canadians save money on their energy bills

Source: Government of Canada News (2)

News release

July 16, 2024 – Halifax, Nova Scotia 

The Canada Green Buildings Strategy (CGBS) introduces the Government of Canada’s vision and next steps to improve energy efficiency in Canada’s homes and buildings, which will in turn cut energy bills for Canadians and support good jobs from coast to coast to coast.

Today, the Honourable Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, introduced the $800 million Canada Greener Homes Affordability Program (CGHAP) to help low-to-median-income Canadians, including tenants, upgrade their homes to save money on their energy bills and cut pollution. This new program will replace the Canada Greener Homes Grant (CGHG) with more comprehensive support for the installation of retrofits, at no charge to participating households. Using a “direct install” model, where the retrofits are managed and delivered by third parties, this program could provide participating households with support up to four times more valuable than the former grant program. Recommended retrofits will be determined by experienced energy efficiency professionals, enabling each participant to receive what their home needs and making their homes more affordable and comfortable.

The CGHAP builds on the progress made to date through the CGHG, which has already helped 240,000 homeowners install heat pumps, windows and doors, and insulation through an average grant of $4,400 per household. Each year, a CGHG household will save an average of nearly $400 on their energy bills and reduce their emissions by 1.18 tonnes of CO2. Over the next couple of years, the CGHG will continue to help hundreds of thousands more program participants complete retrofit projects that will further reduce emissions and energy consumption.

In addition to CGHAP, the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability program and the Canada Greener Homes Loan will continue to help Canadians reduce their home energy costs and make the switch to electric heat pumps. To date, nearly 160,000 heat pump installations have been supported by federal funding. Switching to a cold climate electric heat pump will have a significant impact on households that are fully heating with oil, as they could save from $1,500 to $4,500 per year on their home energy bills.

The Government of Canada has also committed to introducing a regulatory framework to phase out the installation of expensive and polluting oil heating systems in new construction, as early as 2028. This phase-out would include necessary exclusions for regions with insufficient access to the electricity grid and where standby back-up heating fuel is required.

The Government of Canada is also greening its own infrastructure, with the goal of fully meeting the energy needs of federal buildings with clean energy sources, by eliminating the use of fossil fuels for space and water heating where possible and building with net zero in mind from the start.

To help develop a sustainable foundation for years to come, the Government of Canada’s new Buy Clean approach will build on Canada’s clean manufacturing advantage. The approach supports a shift to low-carbon materials and design through federal construction procurements and public infrastructure asset investments, which reduces the full life cycle of emissions from building materials and projects, fosters manufacturing competitiveness and creates jobs.

Canadians want to live in sustainable communities: places with clean air, affordable homes and good jobs. The Government of Canada’s investments in greening buildings and switching from fossil fuels to clean electricity are key to lowering GHG emissions while supporting a strong and affordable economy.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is committed to achieving its climate goals and reducing monthly bills for Canadians. The Canada Green Buildings Strategy demonstrates one way the government is working to lower greenhouse gas emissions. I am pleased to participate in an announcement about investments that will not only make Canada’s homes and buildings more climate resilient but also boost economic growth, cut costs for Canadians and create quality jobs across the country.”
– The Honourable Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

“Energy efficiency means cost savings for Canadians. At a time when we are facing challenges with affordability and climate change, this plan meets Canadians where they are at and delivers the action they need, at the pace and scale they are demanding. The first-ever Canada Green Buildings Strategy is a plan to save Canadians money, create jobs and seize the economic opportunities that a clean and sustainable economy presents.”
– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources

“As we work toward ending Canada’s housing crisis, we need to ensure the longevity of new and existing buildings by making them more energy efficient and resilient to the impacts of climate change. We are proud to announce these investments today that will go a long way in doing just that across the country.”
– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities

“The Canada Green Buildings Strategy is all about building more energy-efficient and affordable homes and buildings. Cutting the wasted energy from the heating and cooling of our buildings is a win-win, for both lowering energy bills and reducing harmful pollution going into our atmosphere. Already, in Canada, we have seen a tidal shift in the adoption of heat pumps at a household level, as well as clean energy solutions for large commercial buildings and industry. It is through close collaboration between provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous Peoples, businesses and individuals that we can keep this progress going over the coming years and make a big dent in the emissions coming from our buildings sector.”
– The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Our government is taking ambitious steps to achieve net zero by 2050 through our Greening Government Strategy. By implementing a Buy Clean approach to a real property portfolio of over 34,000 buildings nationwide, we are maximizing energy efficiency while minimizing the environmental impact of construction materials and design. Through these efforts, we are leading the fight against climate change.”
– The Honourable Anita Anand, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Centre for Greening Government

“As we build our way to greater housing affordability, we can’t lose sight of the fight against climate change. By ensuring that new homes are built to be efficient from the start, we can avoid locking in higher future emissions at the same time as we support much-needed retrofits across the country. With the Canada Green Buildings Strategy, we are putting energy efficiency at the heart of our efforts—helping to reduce emissions from residential and institutional buildings and save Canadians money on their energy bills.”
– The Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West

Quick facts

  • Buildings are Canada’s third-largest emitter of GHG emissions. Nearly all building emissions—over 96%—come from space and water heating. To tackle this problem, major changes in the building sector are under way, with the potential to create hundreds of thousands of jobs and help Canadians save money on their energy bills.

  • Retrofitting existing buildings, building green from the start and choosing alternatives to fossil fuel heating equipment, such as electric heat pumps, will help Canada achieve its net-zero commitments by 2050. There is also a need to build stronger to better equip communities to withstand the effects of climate change.

  • To reach Canada’s climate goals, reduce energy bills and build up Canada’s supply of energy-efficient and resilient building stock, there is a need to accelerate the retrofit of approximately 10 million buildings and construct millions of new net-zero buildings in the coming decades.

  • Canadian households spend an average of $2,200 a year on home energy costs, and these costs are significantly higher in homes that heat with oil and in older homes with poor insulation, ventilation and heating/cooling systems.

  • The Canada Green Buildings Strategy is a commitment in the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: a sector-by-sector approach to reach Canada’s climate target of cutting emissions by at least 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, laying the foundation to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

  • The Canada Greener Homes Grant has been issued to 240,000 Canadian households for retrofits, with an average grant of $4,400 per household. These retrofits are removing over 306,540 metric tonnes of GHG emissions, equivalent to taking nearly 94,000 fossil fuel–powered vehicles off the road.

  • The Canada Green Buildings Strategy is funded as a part of Budget 2024 and is mentioned in Solving the Housing Crisis – Canada’s Housing Plan. It complements Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy, which lays out a framework to reduce the risk of climate-related disasters, improve health outcomes, protect nature and biodiversity, build and maintain climate-resilient infrastructure, and support a strong economy and workers. New and ongoing federal initiatives are already starting to put the strategy’s vision into practice.

Associated links

Contacts

Marie-Justine Torres
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
613-327-5918
Marie-Justine.TorresAmes@ised-isde.gc.ca

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
media@ised-isde.gc.ca

Joanna Sivasankaran
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Canada
343-292-6837
Joanna.Sivasankaran@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

Stay connected

Find more services and information on the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada website.

Follow the department on LinkedIn: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Follow Canadian Tourism on social media.
Instagram: @cdntourism

Follow Canada Business on social media.
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For easy access to government programs for businesses, download the Canada Business app.

Death of an inmate from the Regional Treatment Centre (Pacific Institution)

Source: Government of Canada News (2)

On July 13, 2024, Eugene Raymond Benoit, an inmate from the Regional Treatment Centre (Pacific Institution), died while in our custody of apparent natural causes.

July 16, 2024 – Abbotsford, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada

On July 13, 2024, Eugene Raymond Benoit, an inmate from the Regional Treatment Centre (Pacific Institution), died while in our custody of apparent natural causes.

At the time of death, the inmate had been serving an indeterminate sentence, which commenced on February 23, 1987, for second-degree murder.

As in all cases involving the death of an inmate, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) will review the circumstances. CSC policy requires that the police and the coroner be notified.

Tracey Cochrane
Assistant Warden Management Services
Pacific Institution / Regional Treatment Centre
604-870-7703

Assault of an inmate at Kent Institution

Source: Government of Canada News (2)

On July 15, 2024, an inmate was the victim of an assault at Kent Institution, a maximum-security federal institution.

July 16, 2024 – Agassiz, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada

On July 15, 2024, an inmate was the victim of an assault at Kent Institution, a maximum-security federal institution. 

The injured inmate was evaluated by staff members and transported to an outside hospital to receive treatment.

The Agassiz detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the institution are presently investigating the incident.

The assailants have been identified and the appropriate actions have been taken.

No staff members or other inmates were injured during this incident.

The safety and security of institutions, staff, and the public remains the highest priority in the operations of the federal correctional system.

In order to improve practices aimed at preventing this type of incident, the Correctional Service of Canada will review the circumstances of the incident and take the appropriate measures.

Government of Canada’s new Canada Green Buildings Strategy to help Canadians save money on their energy bills

Source: Government of Canada News (2)

News release

July 16, 2024 – Halifax, Nova Scotia 

The Canada Green Buildings Strategy (CGBS) introduces the Government of Canada’s vision and next steps to improve energy efficiency in Canada’s homes and buildings, which will in turn cut energy bills for Canadians and support good jobs from coast to coast to coast.

Today, the Honourable Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, introduced the $800 million Canada Greener Homes Affordability Program (CGHAP) to help low-to-median-income Canadians, including tenants, upgrade their homes to save money on their energy bills and cut pollution. This new program will replace the Canada Greener Homes Grant (CGHG) with more comprehensive support for the installation of retrofits, at no charge to participating households. Using a “direct install” model, where the retrofits are managed and delivered by third parties, this program could provide participating households with support up to four times more valuable than the former grant program. Recommended retrofits will be determined by experienced energy efficiency professionals, enabling each participant to receive what their home needs and making their homes more affordable and comfortable.

The CGHAP builds on the progress made to date through the CGHG, which has already helped 240,000 homeowners install heat pumps, windows and doors, and insulation through an average grant of $4,400 per household. Each year, a CGHG household will save an average of nearly $400 on their energy bills and reduce their emissions by 1.18 tonnes of CO2. Over the next couple of years, the CGHG will continue to help hundreds of thousands more program participants complete retrofit projects that will further reduce emissions and energy consumption.

In addition to CGHAP, the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability program and the Canada Greener Homes Loan will continue to help Canadians reduce their home energy costs and make the switch to electric heat pumps. To date, nearly 160,000 heat pump installations have been supported by federal funding. Switching to a cold climate electric heat pump will have a significant impact on households that are fully heating with oil, as they could save from $1,500 to $4,500 per year on their home energy bills.

The Government of Canada has also committed to introducing a regulatory framework to phase out the installation of expensive and polluting oil heating systems in new construction, as early as 2028. This phase-out would include necessary exclusions for regions with insufficient access to the electricity grid and where standby back-up heating fuel is required.

The Government of Canada is also greening its own infrastructure, with the goal of fully meeting the energy needs of federal buildings with clean energy sources, by eliminating the use of fossil fuels for space and water heating where possible and building with net zero in mind from the start.

To help develop a sustainable foundation for years to come, the Government of Canada’s new Buy Clean approach will build on Canada’s clean manufacturing advantage. The approach supports a shift to low-carbon materials and design through federal construction procurements and public infrastructure asset investments, which reduces the full life cycle of emissions from building materials and projects, fosters manufacturing competitiveness and creates jobs.

Canadians want to live in sustainable communities: places with clean air, affordable homes and good jobs. The Government of Canada’s investments in greening buildings and switching from fossil fuels to clean electricity are key to lowering GHG emissions while supporting a strong and affordable economy.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is committed to achieving its climate goals and reducing monthly bills for Canadians. The Canada Green Buildings Strategy demonstrates one way the government is working to lower greenhouse gas emissions. I am pleased to participate in an announcement about investments that will not only make Canada’s homes and buildings more climate resilient but also boost economic growth, cut costs for Canadians and create quality jobs across the country.”
– The Honourable Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

“Energy efficiency means cost savings for Canadians. At a time when we are facing challenges with affordability and climate change, this plan meets Canadians where they are at and delivers the action they need, at the pace and scale they are demanding. The first-ever Canada Green Buildings Strategy is a plan to save Canadians money, create jobs and seize the economic opportunities that a clean and sustainable economy presents.”
– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources

“As we work toward ending Canada’s housing crisis, we need to ensure the longevity of new and existing buildings by making them more energy efficient and resilient to the impacts of climate change. We are proud to announce these investments today that will go a long way in doing just that across the country.”
– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities

“The Canada Green Buildings Strategy is all about building more energy-efficient and affordable homes and buildings. Cutting the wasted energy from the heating and cooling of our buildings is a win-win, for both lowering energy bills and reducing harmful pollution going into our atmosphere. Already, in Canada, we have seen a tidal shift in the adoption of heat pumps at a household level, as well as clean energy solutions for large commercial buildings and industry. It is through close collaboration between provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous Peoples, businesses and individuals that we can keep this progress going over the coming years and make a big dent in the emissions coming from our buildings sector.”
– The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Our government is taking ambitious steps to achieve net zero by 2050 through our Greening Government Strategy. By implementing a Buy Clean approach to a real property portfolio of over 34,000 buildings nationwide, we are maximizing energy efficiency while minimizing the environmental impact of construction materials and design. Through these efforts, we are leading the fight against climate change.”
– The Honourable Anita Anand, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Centre for Greening Government

“As we build our way to greater housing affordability, we can’t lose sight of the fight against climate change. By ensuring that new homes are built to be efficient from the start, we can avoid locking in higher future emissions at the same time as we support much-needed retrofits across the country. With the Canada Green Buildings Strategy, we are putting energy efficiency at the heart of our efforts—helping to reduce emissions from residential and institutional buildings and save Canadians money on their energy bills.”
– The Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West

Quick facts

  • Buildings are Canada’s third-largest emitter of GHG emissions. Nearly all building emissions—over 96%—come from space and water heating. To tackle this problem, major changes in the building sector are under way, with the potential to create hundreds of thousands of jobs and help Canadians save money on their energy bills.

  • Retrofitting existing buildings, building green from the start and choosing alternatives to fossil fuel heating equipment, such as electric heat pumps, will help Canada achieve its net-zero commitments by 2050. There is also a need to build stronger to better equip communities to withstand the effects of climate change.

  • To reach Canada’s climate goals, reduce energy bills and build up Canada’s supply of energy-efficient and resilient building stock, there is a need to accelerate the retrofit of approximately 10 million buildings and construct millions of new net-zero buildings in the coming decades.

  • Canadian households spend an average of $2,200 a year on home energy costs, and these costs are significantly higher in homes that heat with oil and in older homes with poor insulation, ventilation and heating/cooling systems.

  • The Canada Green Buildings Strategy is a commitment in the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: a sector-by-sector approach to reach Canada’s climate target of cutting emissions by at least 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, laying the foundation to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

  • The Canada Greener Homes Grant has been issued to 240,000 Canadian households for retrofits, with an average grant of $4,400 per household. These retrofits are removing over 306,540 metric tonnes of GHG emissions, equivalent to taking nearly 94,000 fossil fuel–powered vehicles off the road.

  • The Canada Green Buildings Strategy is funded as a part of Budget 2024 and is mentioned in Solving the Housing Crisis – Canada’s Housing Plan. It complements Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy, which lays out a framework to reduce the risk of climate-related disasters, improve health outcomes, protect nature and biodiversity, build and maintain climate-resilient infrastructure, and support a strong economy and workers. New and ongoing federal initiatives are already starting to put the strategy’s vision into practice.

Associated links

Contacts

Marie-Justine Torres
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
613-327-5918
Marie-Justine.TorresAmes@ised-isde.gc.ca

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
media@ised-isde.gc.ca

Joanna Sivasankaran
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Canada
343-292-6837
Joanna.Sivasankaran@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

Stay connected

Find more services and information on the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada website.

Follow the department on LinkedIn: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Follow Canadian Tourism on social media.
Instagram: @cdntourism

Follow Canada Business on social media.
X (Twitter): @canadabusiness | Facebook: Canada Business | Instagram: @cdnbusiness

For easy access to government programs for businesses, download the Canada Business app.

Death of an inmate from the Regional Treatment Centre (Pacific Institution)

Source: Government of Canada News (2)

On July 13, 2024, Eugene Raymond Benoit, an inmate from the Regional Treatment Centre (Pacific Institution), died while in our custody of apparent natural causes.

July 16, 2024 – Abbotsford, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada

On July 13, 2024, Eugene Raymond Benoit, an inmate from the Regional Treatment Centre (Pacific Institution), died while in our custody of apparent natural causes.

At the time of death, the inmate had been serving an indeterminate sentence, which commenced on February 23, 1987, for second-degree murder.

As in all cases involving the death of an inmate, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) will review the circumstances. CSC policy requires that the police and the coroner be notified.

Tracey Cochrane
Assistant Warden Management Services
Pacific Institution / Regional Treatment Centre
604-870-7703

Assault of an inmate at Kent Institution

Source: Government of Canada News (2)

On July 15, 2024, an inmate was the victim of an assault at Kent Institution, a maximum-security federal institution.

July 16, 2024 – Agassiz, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada

On July 15, 2024, an inmate was the victim of an assault at Kent Institution, a maximum-security federal institution. 

The injured inmate was evaluated by staff members and transported to an outside hospital to receive treatment.

The Agassiz detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the institution are presently investigating the incident.

The assailants have been identified and the appropriate actions have been taken.

No staff members or other inmates were injured during this incident.

The safety and security of institutions, staff, and the public remains the highest priority in the operations of the federal correctional system.

In order to improve practices aimed at preventing this type of incident, the Correctional Service of Canada will review the circumstances of the incident and take the appropriate measures.

Government of Canada’s new Canada Green Buildings Strategy to help Canadians save money on their energy bills

Source: Government of Canada News (2)

News release

July 16, 2024 – Halifax, Nova Scotia 

The Canada Green Buildings Strategy (CGBS) introduces the Government of Canada’s vision and next steps to improve energy efficiency in Canada’s homes and buildings, which will in turn cut energy bills for Canadians and support good jobs from coast to coast to coast.

Today, the Honourable Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, introduced the $800 million Canada Greener Homes Affordability Program (CGHAP) to help low-to-median-income Canadians, including tenants, upgrade their homes to save money on their energy bills and cut pollution. This new program will replace the Canada Greener Homes Grant (CGHG) with more comprehensive support for the installation of retrofits, at no charge to participating households. Using a “direct install” model, where the retrofits are managed and delivered by third parties, this program could provide participating households with support up to four times more valuable than the former grant program. Recommended retrofits will be determined by experienced energy efficiency professionals, enabling each participant to receive what their home needs and making their homes more affordable and comfortable.

The CGHAP builds on the progress made to date through the CGHG, which has already helped 240,000 homeowners install heat pumps, windows and doors, and insulation through an average grant of $4,400 per household. Each year, a CGHG household will save an average of nearly $400 on their energy bills and reduce their emissions by 1.18 tonnes of CO2. Over the next couple of years, the CGHG will continue to help hundreds of thousands more program participants complete retrofit projects that will further reduce emissions and energy consumption.

In addition to CGHAP, the Oil to Heat Pump Affordability program and the Canada Greener Homes Loan will continue to help Canadians reduce their home energy costs and make the switch to electric heat pumps. To date, nearly 160,000 heat pump installations have been supported by federal funding. Switching to a cold climate electric heat pump will have a significant impact on households that are fully heating with oil, as they could save from $1,500 to $4,500 per year on their home energy bills.

The Government of Canada has also committed to introducing a regulatory framework to phase out the installation of expensive and polluting oil heating systems in new construction, as early as 2028. This phase-out would include necessary exclusions for regions with insufficient access to the electricity grid and where standby back-up heating fuel is required.

The Government of Canada is also greening its own infrastructure, with the goal of fully meeting the energy needs of federal buildings with clean energy sources, by eliminating the use of fossil fuels for space and water heating where possible and building with net zero in mind from the start.

To help develop a sustainable foundation for years to come, the Government of Canada’s new Buy Clean approach will build on Canada’s clean manufacturing advantage. The approach supports a shift to low-carbon materials and design through federal construction procurements and public infrastructure asset investments, which reduces the full life cycle of emissions from building materials and projects, fosters manufacturing competitiveness and creates jobs.

Canadians want to live in sustainable communities: places with clean air, affordable homes and good jobs. The Government of Canada’s investments in greening buildings and switching from fossil fuels to clean electricity are key to lowering GHG emissions while supporting a strong and affordable economy.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is committed to achieving its climate goals and reducing monthly bills for Canadians. The Canada Green Buildings Strategy demonstrates one way the government is working to lower greenhouse gas emissions. I am pleased to participate in an announcement about investments that will not only make Canada’s homes and buildings more climate resilient but also boost economic growth, cut costs for Canadians and create quality jobs across the country.”
– The Honourable Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

“Energy efficiency means cost savings for Canadians. At a time when we are facing challenges with affordability and climate change, this plan meets Canadians where they are at and delivers the action they need, at the pace and scale they are demanding. The first-ever Canada Green Buildings Strategy is a plan to save Canadians money, create jobs and seize the economic opportunities that a clean and sustainable economy presents.”
– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources

“As we work toward ending Canada’s housing crisis, we need to ensure the longevity of new and existing buildings by making them more energy efficient and resilient to the impacts of climate change. We are proud to announce these investments today that will go a long way in doing just that across the country.”
– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities

“The Canada Green Buildings Strategy is all about building more energy-efficient and affordable homes and buildings. Cutting the wasted energy from the heating and cooling of our buildings is a win-win, for both lowering energy bills and reducing harmful pollution going into our atmosphere. Already, in Canada, we have seen a tidal shift in the adoption of heat pumps at a household level, as well as clean energy solutions for large commercial buildings and industry. It is through close collaboration between provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous Peoples, businesses and individuals that we can keep this progress going over the coming years and make a big dent in the emissions coming from our buildings sector.”
– The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Our government is taking ambitious steps to achieve net zero by 2050 through our Greening Government Strategy. By implementing a Buy Clean approach to a real property portfolio of over 34,000 buildings nationwide, we are maximizing energy efficiency while minimizing the environmental impact of construction materials and design. Through these efforts, we are leading the fight against climate change.”
– The Honourable Anita Anand, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Centre for Greening Government

“As we build our way to greater housing affordability, we can’t lose sight of the fight against climate change. By ensuring that new homes are built to be efficient from the start, we can avoid locking in higher future emissions at the same time as we support much-needed retrofits across the country. With the Canada Green Buildings Strategy, we are putting energy efficiency at the heart of our efforts—helping to reduce emissions from residential and institutional buildings and save Canadians money on their energy bills.”
– The Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West

Quick facts

  • Buildings are Canada’s third-largest emitter of GHG emissions. Nearly all building emissions—over 96%—come from space and water heating. To tackle this problem, major changes in the building sector are under way, with the potential to create hundreds of thousands of jobs and help Canadians save money on their energy bills.

  • Retrofitting existing buildings, building green from the start and choosing alternatives to fossil fuel heating equipment, such as electric heat pumps, will help Canada achieve its net-zero commitments by 2050. There is also a need to build stronger to better equip communities to withstand the effects of climate change.

  • To reach Canada’s climate goals, reduce energy bills and build up Canada’s supply of energy-efficient and resilient building stock, there is a need to accelerate the retrofit of approximately 10 million buildings and construct millions of new net-zero buildings in the coming decades.

  • Canadian households spend an average of $2,200 a year on home energy costs, and these costs are significantly higher in homes that heat with oil and in older homes with poor insulation, ventilation and heating/cooling systems.

  • The Canada Green Buildings Strategy is a commitment in the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: a sector-by-sector approach to reach Canada’s climate target of cutting emissions by at least 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, laying the foundation to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

  • The Canada Greener Homes Grant has been issued to 240,000 Canadian households for retrofits, with an average grant of $4,400 per household. These retrofits are removing over 306,540 metric tonnes of GHG emissions, equivalent to taking nearly 94,000 fossil fuel–powered vehicles off the road.

  • The Canada Green Buildings Strategy is funded as a part of Budget 2024 and is mentioned in Solving the Housing Crisis – Canada’s Housing Plan. It complements Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy, which lays out a framework to reduce the risk of climate-related disasters, improve health outcomes, protect nature and biodiversity, build and maintain climate-resilient infrastructure, and support a strong economy and workers. New and ongoing federal initiatives are already starting to put the strategy’s vision into practice.

Associated links

Contacts

Marie-Justine Torres
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
613-327-5918
Marie-Justine.TorresAmes@ised-isde.gc.ca

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
media@ised-isde.gc.ca

Joanna Sivasankaran
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Canada
343-292-6837
Joanna.Sivasankaran@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

Stay connected

Find more services and information on the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada website.

Follow the department on LinkedIn: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Follow Canadian Tourism on social media.
Instagram: @cdntourism

Follow Canada Business on social media.
X (Twitter): @canadabusiness | Facebook: Canada Business | Instagram: @cdnbusiness

For easy access to government programs for businesses, download the Canada Business app.

Death of an inmate from the Regional Treatment Centre (Pacific Institution)

Source: Government of Canada News (2)

On July 13, 2024, Eugene Raymond Benoit, an inmate from the Regional Treatment Centre (Pacific Institution), died while in our custody of apparent natural causes.

July 16, 2024 – Abbotsford, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada

On July 13, 2024, Eugene Raymond Benoit, an inmate from the Regional Treatment Centre (Pacific Institution), died while in our custody of apparent natural causes.

At the time of death, the inmate had been serving an indeterminate sentence, which commenced on February 23, 1987, for second-degree murder.

As in all cases involving the death of an inmate, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) will review the circumstances. CSC policy requires that the police and the coroner be notified.

Tracey Cochrane
Assistant Warden Management Services
Pacific Institution / Regional Treatment Centre
604-870-7703

Canada Child Benefit increases again to keep up with the cost of living

Source: Government of Canada News

News release

July 19, 2024 – Saint-Patrice-de-Sherrington, Quebec                           

Raising kids is expensive. That’s why the Government of Canada created the Canada Child Benefit to give extra financial support to hard-working, middle-class families and to give kids the best possible start in life. Since its introduction in 2016, the Canada Child Benefit has helped make life more affordable for parents and lift hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty.

Today, on its eighth anniversary, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Laurier—Sainte-Marie, alongside Brenda Shanahan, Member of Parliament for Châteauguay–Lacolle, announced the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit will increase again to help parents in Quebec and across Canada keep up with the cost of living. That’s more tax-free money back in their pockets every month—to spend on groceries, rent, summer camps, and whatever their family needs.

For the 2024–2025 benefit year, families can receive up to $7,787 per child under the age of 6 and $6,570 per child aged 6 through 17. This means moms and dads could receive up to $350 more than last year. This represents an increase of 4.7 percent from the previous year.

The Canada Child Benefit has been indexed to inflation using Consumer Price Index data as reported by Statistics Canada—a widely used measure of inflation. Indexing the Canada Child Benefit occurs every July, ensuring that the benefit protects families from inflation and provides certainty and predictability of support that parents can count on.

In Châteauguay–Lacolle alone, 8,210 families benefited from the Canada Child Care Benefit last year, averaging $6,584.

The Canada Child Benefit is part of our work to support families and make life cost less. This includes the Canada-wide early learning and child care system, which has already reduced fees for regulated child care by half on average across the country, and the Canadian Dental Care Plan, which will make trips to the dentist more affordable for up to nine million uninsured Canadians.

These are just some of the things that we’re doing to build a better and fairer future for every generation. We’re also building more homes, improving health care, and investing in innovation—so that every Canadian has a fair chance to succeed.

Quotes

“I have heard from so many parents how much the Canada Child Benefit is making a difference in their families’ lives. This tax-free benefit is increasing again to help parents keep up with the cost of raising kids and to give their kids the best possible start in life. We will continue to deliver results that Canadians can count on.”
– The Honourable Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“The Canada Child Benefit, rolled out by our Government, has been a cornerstone of support to Canadian families. It helps ensure children have the opportunities they deserve. With this latest increase, we are reinforcing our commitment to help parents meet the rising costs of living. We believe in a Canada where every child has the best possible start in life, and we will continue to work toward making life more affordable for all families.”
– The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“In Châteauguay–Lacolle, we’ve seen firsthand the positive impact of the Canada Child Benefit on our families. With over 8,000 families benefiting and millions of dollars reaching our community, this increase will provide even more support to help parents manage the cost of living. We are dedicated to ensuring that every child in our riding has the best possible start in life, and this benefit is a crucial part of that commitment.”
– Brenda Shanahan, Member of Parliament for Châteauguay–Lacolle

Quick facts

  • The Canada Child Benefit is a monthly tax-free benefit based on the prior year’s income that provides support for low- to middle-income families with children to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age. Eligible families received the first Canada Child Benefit payment in July 2016.

  • The amount received under the Canada Child Benefit depends on several factors, including the number of children in care, their ages, marital status, and the prior year’s net income. For the July 2024 to June 2025 benefit year, eligible families can now receive up to $6,570 per child aged 6 through 17, and up to $7,787 per child under the age of 6.

  • The Canada Child Benefit was indexed for the first time in July 2018. This indexation means that the maximum benefit amounts and income thresholds at which benefits begin to be reduced are increased annually to keep pace with the rising cost of living, giving parents more support each month to help them provide for their children. This makes life more affordable for families and puts more money into the pockets of parents.

  • Annual indexation takes effect on July 1 to coincide with the beginning of the program year for payments, which runs from July 1 to June 30 each year.

  • To give every child the best possible start in life, our government is also:

    • Improving access to dental health care for children under the age of 18 through the Canadian Dental Care Plan—because no one should have to choose between taking care of their kid’s teeth and putting food on the table.
    • Creating the National School Food Program to ensure that more children have the food they need to focus on what really matters: learning and growing.
    • Supporting after-school learning with an investment of $67.5 million to help all Canadian students reach their full potential. After-school learning and supports play a critical role in helping students succeed in their academic pursuits, especially for at-risk students.

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Kaitlin Power
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Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
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Kaitlin.Power@ec.gc.ca

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Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
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