To protect and conserve nature across the country, the Liberal government made the two single-largest investments in nature conservation in Canadian history— $1.3 billion in Budget 2018 and $3.3 billion in Budget 2021—which will allow us to protect a quarter of our lands and marine areas by 2025.
A re-elected Liberal government will fulfill the Budget 2021 commitment of providing a $1.4-billion top-up to the Disaster Mitigation and Adaption Fund to support projects such as wildfire mitigation activities, rehabilitation of storm water systems, and restoration of wetlands and shorelines.
We also invested $200 million in a new, first-of-its-kind Natural Infrastructure Fund earlier this year, and a re-elected Liberal government will invest an additional $200 million to support projects that use natural or hybrid approaches to protect the natural environment, support healthy and resilient communities, contribute to economic growth, and improve access to nature for Canadians.
Lastly, we recognize that Indigenous peoples have stewarded these lands and waters since time immemorial. That’s why we will continue to work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners to support new Indigenous Guardians programs and establish new Indigenous Guardians Networks, as well as support Indigenous communities to build capacity to establish more Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas.