A critic from Open Canada published an op-ed arguing that Canada takes a reactionary stance on climate change, suggesting that the country should consider how it can better support climate finance and future climate migrants.
The piece argues that Canada should increase its international development assistance for climate change adaptation. Contending, that while Canada’s recent commitment to double its climate finance to CA$5.3 billion (US$4.2 billion) over five years is promising, far more investment is necessary for low- and lower-middle-income countries to meet current and future climate adaptation challenges.
The piece maintains that Canada must be ready and willing to accept climate migrants and should proactively build partnerships with climate-vulnerable countries concerning climate migration and adaptation. If Canada acts now to increase its climate finance and better define its climate migration policies, it could avoid potentially devastating humanitarian crises in the future.