Published in Pembina Institute (2021-03-16)
Improving Canada’s housing supply — including more efficient heating and better insulation — will reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions and make residents safer and more comfortable.
Last month marked a somber first anniversary for Canada. On March 16, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision to close our borders. If you need to come home, said Trudeau, do it now. Stay safe, we were told, stay healthy. Stay home.
Home. Shelter in place. These are loaded words in a pandemic. They hold a different meaning for each of us, especially when many in our country struggle with the basic human rights of access to food, health, psychological well-being and housing — even in a country as wealthy as ours.
Improving quality of life and reducing energy costs is front of mind for so many, and with it we can reduce harmful emissions, improve health, and kickstart job creation. We’re calling on the federal government to make a major investment in improving Canada’s housing supply: bring 25 per cent of our country’s buildings to net-zero emissions by 2030 with deep retrofits, and have a plan in place for remaining stock to meet a 100 per cent net-zero target before 2050.
This article was Published in Pembina Institute (2021-03-16)