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The Government of Canada invests in the protection and restoration of freshwater resources in Atlantic Canada

Betty Tűndik

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The Government of Canada is committed to protecting nature and preserving it for generations of Canadians to come. Protecting and restoring valuable water resources such as the Saint John River watershed, the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence watershed, and the Gulf of Maine help us ensure we are passing cleaner waters on to the next generation.

Today, the Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, Alaina Lockhart, announced on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, a federal investment of more than $1.19 million to eight multi-year projects aiming to protect and restore valuable freshwater resources in Atlantic Canada. These projects will give us a better picture of the health of Atlantic ecosystems and will support clean and sustainable communities and long-term economic growth.

Through the Atlantic Ecosystems Initiatives Funding Program, a total of $1.09 million was awarded to seven projects that focus on improving water quality. In addition, actions taken by community organizations and Indigenous Peoples will have a concrete impact on the Atlantic ecosystems. These projects will restore and enhance degraded shore areas, develop tools for sharing knowledge to improve water quality, educate the population, and study the impact of microplastic pollution. The Atlantic Ecosystems Initiatives Funding Program supports an ecosystem-based approach to improve the health, productivity, and long-term sustainability of ecosystems in Atlantic Canada.

Another project in the region will receive $105,488 as part of the Gulf of Maine Initiative funding program. This program supports projects that aim to maintain a healthy ecosystem that supports long-term sustainability and economic growth. The funding will help reduce water pollution and conserve habitat in the Gulf of Maine, by reducing nutrient loading from agricultural sources and by coordinating and implementing stewardship and education activities.

Through strong partnerships and collaborative action, these projects will lead to positive environmental results. These initiatives conserve our natural environment and improve our water quality. They also create active community and partner engagement and meaningful employment opportunities.

“The Government of Canada is making historic investments in protecting nature, including freshwater resources such as the Saint John River watershed, the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence watershed, and the Gulf of Maine. Partnerships with non-government organizations, Indigenous governments and organizations, industry, and academia, in Atlantic Canada, are essential in the fight against climate change. We all need to work together to protect Canada’s environment and create a sustainable economy for our kids and grandkids.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Funding projects through programs like the Atlantic Ecosystems Initiatives and the Gulf of Maine Initiative help us see real, tangible efforts being made to protect and conserve the Saint John River watershed and the Gulf of Maine watershed that will have a lasting impact on our communities. Through the combined on-the-ground efforts of community groups, Indigenous groups, and all levels of government, these watersheds stand a much greater chance of remaining healthy, diverse, and productive for generations to come.”
– Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal

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  • From 2018 to 2019, the Atlantic Ecosystems Initiatives Funding Program will be focused on two priority ecosystems of concern: the Saint John River watershed and the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence watershed.
  • The Saint John River is an international and interprovincial waterway that flows 673 kilometres through Maine, New Brunswick, and Quebec, with the watershed covering 55,000 square kilometres. The watershed falls within the traditional territory of the Maliseet people, and it was designated a “Canadian Heritage Rivers System” in 2013.
  • The Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence watershed region is an important ecological, economic, and sociocultural region of North America. Communities along the coast depend on its resources for income and their quality of life. The Gulf region supports key ecosystems such as salt marshes, beaches, estuaries, and forests.
  • The Gulf of Maine is a large watershed spanning much of the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, which border its coast. It is a highly productive ecosystem that is environmentally significant and economically important to Canada. Over 3,000 marine species and birds are found in the Gulf of Maine, as well as more than 30 species at risk.

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Launch of National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence and Update on Terrorist Threat to Canada: Terrorism threat level unchanged

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The Government of Canada is constantly working to keep Canadian families and communities safe from terrorism and violent extremism. National security is critical to providing economic stability and safe and secure communities. Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced the release of the 2018 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada, and launched Canada’s National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence (National Strategy).

2018’s Public Report provides an up-to-date analysis of Canada’s terrorist threat environment, pulling together information from all Government agencies and departments that work on national security. Canada’s terrorism threat level is assessed regularly, and was last updated in November 2018, when it was confirmed at medium. This level remains unchanged since early October 2014. Canadian security, intelligence, and police agencies work in close collaboration with domestic and international partners, and continuously assess their operations in response to all threats to Canada.

The launch of the National Strategy marks an important milestone in Canada’s work to prevent wherever possible the kind of radicalization that leads to violence in the first place. The National Strategy outlines the Government of Canada’s approach to countering radicalization to violence by preventing and disengaging individuals from violent ideologies. Three priorities have been identified: building, sharing and using knowledge; addressing radicalization to violence in the on-line space; and supporting interventions.

The Government continues to take all possible actions to counter terrorist threats to Canada, its people, and our interests around the world, while always safeguarding our rights and freedoms.

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“Canada’s security and intelligence agencies constantly assess and reassess all data to be effective in keeping Canadians safe. Canada has a full range of counterterrorism tools, and we use all of them, including the Global Coalition against Daesh, intelligence-gathering, lawful sharing with our Five Eyes and G7 partners, criminal charges and prosecutions in every possible case, peace bonds, public listings, the no-fly list, passport revocations, and appropriate threat reduction measures. With our new National Strategy, Canada will also become a world leader in working to prevent the types of radicalization that lead to violence. ”

– The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Quick Facts

  • The National Strategy was developed by the Canada Centre on Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (Canada Centre). It was informed by what the Canada Centre heard from communities, experts, and other stakeholders, as well as key federal, provincial, and territorial partners through consultation and engagement.
  • The Canada Centre was launched in 2017 and is a centre of excellence which provides national leadership on Canada’s work to counter radicalization to violence, builds partnerships, and coordinates efforts among governments and community actors.
  • The Canada Centre provides funding to organizations that work to counter radicalization to violence in Canada. To date, it has funded twenty-four projects worth a total of over $16 million.
  • According to the 2018 Public Report, the main terrorist threat to Canada continues to come from violent extremists inspired by terrorist groups, such as Daesh and al-Qaida. Canada also remains concerned with the threats posed by those who harbour right-wing extremist views.
  • At the August 2018 Five Country Ministerial meeting, Canada agreed with its Five-Eyes partners to expand information sharing about known or suspected terrorists.
  • Canada has agreed with its G7 and Five-Eyes allies to counter the illicit use of online spaces by, among other things, working with digital industry on issues related to violent extremism and terrorist material. This includes engagement with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which is led by Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (Google), to remove and prevent the uploading of violent extremist and terrorist exploitation from online platforms.

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Canada continues to play leadership role in Paris Agreement negotiations at COP24

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Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, began her first day at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

Canada was instrumental in negotiating the Paris Agreement in 2015 and continues to promote global climate action at COP24.

COP24 is the result of three years of work toward finalizing the most important climate agreement the global community has ever reached—the Paris Agreement. Canada is working diligently at the negotiating table to finalize the set of rules that will put the Paris Agreement into action.

The Paris Agreement rulebook will outline how countries will commit to fighting climate change and how each country will report on its progress. The rules will enable countries to see progress on climate action and identify areas requiring increased ambition.

A recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found that developed countries—including Canada—are on track to meeting climate finance commitments and that climate finance continues to increase. Canada is proud to be providing $2.65 billion over five years to advance international climate change objectives.

During the first week of COP24, Canada’s negotiating team played a leading role in identifying solutions and addressing obstacles in the final push toward consensus on the Paris Agreement rulebook.

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“Over the course of the next week, Canada will continue to lead in these critical negotiations. We all need to do our part to find solutions to fight climate change at home and abroad. By working together, we can do right by our planet, unlock the huge economic opportunity of clean growth, and ensure a healthy and prosperous future for our kids and grandkids.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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Two Rimouski-area organizations in the marine science and technology sector will receive more than $2.4 million for research, innovation and technology transfer activities

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Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions(CED)

The Marine Biotechnology Research Centre (CRBM) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Development of Ocean Mapping (CIDCO), two non-profit organizations, will be in a better position to continue their technology transfer activities through non-repayable contributions totalling $2,439,600from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions.

Through $2.1 million in financial assistance, the CRBM will, over the next three years, be able to carry out activities in applied research, innovation and technology transfer to SMEs in the marine biotechnology sector. The recipient companies will be able to develop innovative expertise and derive competitive advantages from it.

The $339,600 contribution to the CIDCO project will enable the organization to strengthen its innovation and technology transfer capabilities. The CIDCO has purchased state-of-the-art equipment and will develop tools to help companies in the marine technology sector that are seeking to improve their environmental performance.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice–Champlain and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced that funding today. The funding was awarded by the Government of Canada under CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program. Carrying out these projects will generate total investments of over $9.4 million, in addition to helping create two jobs at the CIDCO and retain 33 others at the CRBM.

The CRBM began operations in 2004. Its mission is to support growth in the marine biotechnology industry through research, scientific development and industrial transfer activities, particularly in the life sciences sectors. The organization meets the needs of SMEs by giving them access to specialized laboratories and equipment.

Founded in 2002, the CIDCO is Canada’s only centre for applied research and transfer in hydrography. Its mission is to modernize hydrography through research, development, training and technology transfer and to promote the results with a sustainable approach through its partnerships and leading-edge expertise.

The Government of Canada is committed to establishing close partnerships with Quebec businesses and the organizations that support them in order to drive innovation, increase productivity and competitiveness, and contribute to the economic vitality of the regions, the creation of good-quality jobs and a better quality of life for citizens.

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“I’m proud to see the breadth of knowledge and expertise being developed here in Rimouski. The Lower St. Lawrence has become a global centre in the marine science and technology industry. The CRBM and the CIDCO are major contributors, and the Government of Canada is enthusiastically funding their new projects that will enable companies to adopt clean technologies and become more innovative and competitive.”

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice–Champlain and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“In order to improve the quality and impact of our programs that support innovation, it is crucial for the Government of Canada to support scientific research and entrepreneurship. By supporting these two leading organizations in the marine science and technology sector of the Lower St. Lawrence, CED is achieving those objectives while contributing to innovative projects that promote sustainable development.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED

“The unfailing and vital support from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions to the CRBM, a recognized benchmark in marine biotechnology, is an essential basis of the CRBM’s mission of conducting activities in applied research, innovation and technology transfer to SMEs in order to sustain and support their innovation efforts.”

Dr. Georges Levesque, President of the Marine Biotechnology Research Centre

“The CIDCO is working intensively to deploy artificial intelligence in hydrographic data acquisition systems. CED’s funding is crucial to our strategy, which will ultimately enable better environmental control of our maritime areas through clean technologies.”

Jean Laflamme, General Manager of the CIDCO

Quick facts

  • Today’s announcement is made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio, which is made up of 17 federal departments and agencies, including CED and the other five regional development agencies.
  • For more information about CED and its priorities, read the 2018-2019 Departmental Plan or visit www.dec-ced.gc.ca.
  • This year marks the 50th anniversary of federal regional economic development in Quebec: half a century of concrete actions devoted to the development of the regions and local businesses.

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