From our perspective, the federal budget released February
11, 2014 was largely silent about major energy, environmental or
Aboriginal announcements. Perhaps no news is good news. However,
the Economic Action Plan 2014 does include several initiatives
"to ensure safe and responsible resource development, and
conserve Canada's natural heritage." Some of the
highlights are below.
Energy Program Announcements
Expanding accelerated capital cost allowances for clean energy
generation to include water-current energy equipment and a broader
range of equipment to gasify eligible waste
Providing $28 million over two years to the National Energy
Board for reviews of pipeline project applications (such as the
Energy East Pipeline Project) and to support the Participant
Responding to recommendations by the Tanker Safety Expert Panel
and the Special Representative on West Coast Energy
Aboriginal Program announcements
Providing $40 million over five years for disaster mitigation
in First Nations communities
Providing $323.4 million over two years to continue the First
Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan
Implementing the First Nations Control of First Nations
Education Act to reform the on-reserve education system
Funding for improvements to highways, bridges and dams by Parks
Canada, expanding snowmobile and recreational trails, supporting
early intervention measures to stop the spread of the spruce
budworm in Atlantic Canada and Quebec and extending the
Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program
Doubling to ten years, for income tax purposes, the
carry-forward period for donations of ecologically sensitive
Moving forward with a new airport to serve the GTA and other
development in the Pickering lands east of Toronto, including
preliminary meetings with stakeholders
In the coming months, the Government will release details about
a new National Conservation Plan, first announced in the 2013
Speech from the Throne. The Government intends to "increase
protected areas, focusing on stronger marine and coastal
conservation." We expect that additional initiatives,
including legislative amendments to implement the actions listed
above, will be set out in a forthcoming budget bill. We will report
on these when they become available.
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