Trudeau concludes his visit to New York by signing Paris Agreement on Climate Change

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today concluded his visit to New York where, on behalf of Canada, he officially signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The Government of Canada views climate change not only as a challenge, but as an opportunity. It is a chance to build a clean growth economy that will help to fight climate change, while also creating well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially signs the Paris agreement
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially signs the Paris agreement

In his address during the signing ceremony, the Prime Minister affirmed Canada’s support for the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency, announcing a $5 million contribution to help developing countries address climate change by meeting their transparency commitments.

The Prime Minister also joined with his fellow heads of state and government to endorse a carbon pricing vision statement. “When nations work together, we can address climate change,” Trudeau said.  It is only when nations work together – to learn from each other, build on shared knowledge, and develop clean economies – that there is any hope to sufficiently fight climate change.

The Trudeau government’s climate change program is set to be unveiled later this year.  It’s expected to include some kind of carbon pricing. The Parliamentary Budget Officer (P.B.O) estimates this could cost Canadians approximately $600-$1800/ year.