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Green Strings: Principles and conditions for a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada

 IISD REPORT

Vanessa Corkal, Philip Gass, and Aaron Cosbey

We are at a historic turning point the likes of which none of us have ever seen or will likely see again. The global health crisis—terrible as it is—has forced us to pursue recovery on a scale that will transform our economy and society, with lasting impacts on our ability to confront another urgent crisis—climate change. We stand at a threshold of opportunity where we can align our efforts for post-pandemic reconstruction with the challenge of meeting Canada’s climate goals.

But this will only happen if it happens deliberately. That is, we must impose standards and conditions on bailouts, stimulus, and recovery spending to ensure that they are in sync with the ambitious climate change outcomes that Canadians need and expect.

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