Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is announcing today that Canada will be making a 2.65-billion-dollar contribution to help developing countries tackle climate change.
Speaking from the Commonwealth leaders summit in Malta, Trudeau said, “Canada is back and ready to play its part in combating climate change and this includes helping the poorest and most vulnerable countries in the world adapt.”
The money is part of an international climate fund seeking to raise US$100 billion annually by 2020.
The announcement comes ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. Tudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne, and Mayor John Tory will also be in attendance.
Tory and Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell will be part of a four-person delegation at the conference, meeting with other big-city mayors as part of a forum on how municipalities can play a role in the fight against climate change. Rounding out the delegation includes Chief of Staff Christopher Eby and Director of Environment and Energy Jim Baxter.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Tory said major cities play an important role in climate change. “The truth of the matter is that most of the things that are going to make a real difference in greenhouse gas emissions will actually end up being implemented by cities. For example, if we are put in a position where we can build much more public transit than that is going to make us better able to get cars off the roads, which are the single biggest contributor to GHG emissions.”
The conference, also known as COP21, will be happening from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.