Canadian government plans to award millions of dollars for group to create climate watchdog


File photo of Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa on Dec. 5, 2018. Photo by Alex Tétreault

Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is planning to award a multimillion dollar grant to a non-profit organization that will take on a watchdog role, holding the federal government to account for its climate change commitments and policies, says a spokeswoman from her office.

The minister’s office confirmed the plans after McKenna’s staff met with the chief executive of the U.K.’s climate watchdog, who was visiting Ottawa this week.

McKenna’s office said that such an institute could help fill the void created by the government of former prime minister Stephen Harper when it cancelled funding for the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, or NRTEE, forcing the independent organization to close its doors in 2013. MORE