Green investment in Canadian cities could create 3 million jobs, reduce air pollution by a third, accelerate COVID-19 recovery, and ensure Canada delivers on climate commitments. The case for urban green and just recovery urges directing COVID-19 stimulus funding towards the climate solutions already being delivered by Canadian mayors, such as building retrofits, clean energy and sustainable transport, to create jobs and tackle the climate crisis. The research has been led by C40 Research, who will share more details on the findings during our webinar.
Among the report’s key findings, investment in a green and just recovery in 12 major cities in Canada is shown to:
- Achieve a 2/3 reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, highlighting how cities can put Canada on track to deliver on its commitment to the Paris Agreement, and help achieve the urgent task of limiting global heating to below 1.5°C.
- Create and support nearly 3 million good, sustainable jobs by 2030 across major Canadian cities and their supply chains.
- Cut harmful air pollution by up to 32%, preventing almost 4,000 premature deaths in major Canadian cities over the next decade.
- Deliver wider economic benefits of C$37 billion from improved health by reducing air pollution and increasing public transport and active travel.
Canada has already put forward a promising recovery and economic stimulus plan that clearly recognizes the importance of investing in climate action and a national transition to clean energy. However, C40’s analysis shows that, to capture the enormous economic, social, and health benefits of a green and just recovery, Canada must prioritize bold investment in cities at a greater scale and faster pace.