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Recovery Through Reform: Assessing the climate compatibility of Canada’s COVID-19 response in 2020


Governments around the world are leveraging unprecedented amounts of capital to respond to the pandemic and bailing out struggling industries. Trends in energy-related spending indicate that despite the green push, the world’s largest economies have still favoured fossil energy over clean energy.

We evaluate energy-related spending in Canada in 2020 (since the onset of COVID-19), using data from the Energy Policy Tracker. Trends in Canada are then compared to flagship policies in key jurisdictions with recent progressive climate policy announcements, including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The brief ends with broad recommendations on how Canada can better align its recovery funding with climate action and fossil fuel subsidy reform.

This brief is one of three International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) policy briefs in its Recovery Through Reform series, which assesses how efforts to achieve a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada rely on—and can contribute to—fossil fuel subsidy reform.

Related subjects: Policy & Socio-Economics
Countries: Canada

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