Alternative Federal Budget 2023: Rising to the challenge: An agenda for public leadership
15 September 2022
The AFB will provide the Canada Water Agency with the funding and independence required to achieve the stated goals of creating the agency. [...] In the 2022 federal budget, $45 million was allocated to the task of “standing up” the Canada Water Agency this year and funding operations until 2026.2 This level of funding is insufficient and will not allow the CWA to fulfill its stated goals and role over this period. [...] Therefore, the AFB will ensure that the new CWA is a true agency, reporting directly to the Minister of the Environment. [...] Over the last few years, the oil industry has been lobbying for permission to drain the tailings ponds into the Athabasca River and the federal government is considering how it might regulate this activity despite the paucity of reliable studies on the possible impacts. [...] The AFB will dissolve the CIB and reallocate funds currently under CIB control to provide low-interest loans to municipal and provincial governments so they can reduce the backlog of necessary upgrades and repairs to critical water and other infrastructure across Canada (see the Infrastructure and Cities chapter).