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First Ministers' Meeting declaration on clean growth and climate change

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Mar 03, 2016

On March 3, 2016, Canada's First Ministers issued a joint communiqué following the First Ministers' Meeting and released a declaration on clean growth and climate change.

"We will identify measures that governments can take to grow their economies and reduce emissions in the long term. "

To this end, we directed immediate work in four areas: clean technology, innovation, and jobs; carbon pricing mechanisms adapted to each province's and territory's specific circumstances and in particular the realities of Canada's Indigenous peoples and Arctic and sub-Arctic regions; specific mitigation opportunities; and, adaptation and climate resilience. Four working groups will be established to report on these priorities. Their reports including options will be submitted to the ministerial tables charged with overseeing their work and will be made public. Ministers will review those reports and provide their recommendations to First Ministers by October 2016. Those recommendations and the reports of the working groups will be used to develop the pan-Canadian framework for clean growth and climate change, a concrete plan that will also allow us to meet our international commitments.

"In addition, federal, provincial and territorial energy ministers will collaborate on work underway on energy efficiency and clean energy technology and innovation through the Council of the Federation's Canadian Energy Strategy, in order to contribute to the pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change."

Read the Communiqué on the Web site of the Prime Minister of Canada.

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