As part of the effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Canada’s Natural Resources Minister said Wednesday she plans to spend up to $1 billion over five years to provide incentives for people to stop the spread and keep their lawns healthy.
The plan, which will involve $1.5 billion in federal and provincial funding, is part of a larger $6 billion initiative to tackle the spread in the country.
“We will work with the provinces and territories to develop the best ways to encourage people to keep their yards healthy,” Natural Resources spokesperson Julie Carmichael said in a statement.
“If people are able to maintain the integrity of their yard, it will be an additional source of income to them.”
In addition to a $1,500 per-year tax credit, Canadians can save up to 50 per cent on lawn furniture, as well as $150 per year for the installation of energy efficient lawn mowers, according to a news release from Natural Resources.
The program will run for a year.
Carmichael’s office did not say how many people the government plans to target with the incentives, but the department said the effort is “working in concert with provinces and municipalities.”
Canada’s natural resources minister, Julie Carmaule, said in an interview that she plans on working with provinces to help people keep their yard healthy.
(Justin Tang/Canadian Press) The government has been using the $1 million tax credit to encourage Canadians to stop their lawning.
“In the last few months, the government has committed $1M to help Canadians stop their yard,” Carmichael told CBC News on Wednesday.
“The government is committed to getting these incentives right and will continue to work with municipalities and provincial governments to make sure the incentives are aligned to the right priorities.”
The initiative comes on the heels of an announcement from the government that it is working with provincial and territorial governments to provide $6 million in funding to assist those who are struggling with the spread.
Carmaulle said Wednesday the government will spend the money on programs that help farmers and ranchers who have lost livestock or have been left with no other option.
The government said the money will be targeted at rural communities where people are suffering from the virus and have limited options for a lawn or are not able to purchase lawn equipment.
“We have to get this right because we are not doing enough,” Carmaure said.
“I am hopeful that we can help make sure this is something that can be implemented in the communities that need it most.”