IBC congratulates Government of Canada on climate change commitments in Budget 2018

February 27, 2018 (OTTAWA) - Today, the federal government tabled the 2018 budget entitled Equality and Growth: A Strong Middle Class. Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) congratulates the government for continuing to make climate change and risk mitigation a top priority.   

​"IBC welcomes the Government of Canada's continued commitment to addressing our changing climate," said Craig Stewart, Vice President, Federal Affairs, IBC. "The investments announced in Budget 2018 will help better equip Canadians to deal with the effects of severe weather. Severe weather is already costing Canadian taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually. By making smart investments in mitigation and adaptation, and by introducing stronger environmental frameworks, Canada is on track to limit future damage while still addressing immediate and current climate challenges. "

The federal budget commits $40 million over five years towards the upgrading and modernization of Canada's weather forecasting infrastructure. Significant investments were also announced towards nature conservancy. The conservation of Canada's wetlands is a key factor in preventing and mitigating flood events across the country.

"Climate change is affecting our country both environmentally and economically," added Stewart. "We will continue to work with all levels of government across the country in the areas of mitigation, adaptation, and emergency management – all of which form the basis of a comprehensive climate strategy."


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Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

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