Canada issues first-ever green bond to support environmental initiatives

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Canada has issued its inaugural 7.5-year green bond worth $5 billion (US $3 billion) this week, the Department of Finance announced.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Department said the green bond will play an important role in financing the investments in green infrastructure and other projects that will help fight climate change and protect the environment, while also growing Canada’s economy and creating new, good-paying jobs across the country, reports Xinhua news agency.

The bond had saw robust demand from environmentally and socially responsible investors who represented a majority of buyers, or 72 per cent, as well as from international investors, who made up over 45 per cent of the investor base, the statement said, revealing that the final order was overbooked as high as C$11 billion.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland said leveraging private investment will help the government meet Canada’s 2030 emissions reduction target and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

“The global economy is turning swiftly, decisively, and irreversibly green. It is essential for the prosperity of the next generation of Canadians-and indeed, for those of us working today-for Canada to be at the forefront of this great transformation, and sustainable finance is central to this objective,” she was quoted as saying in the statement.

Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism said that the inaugural green is the “first of many and will support government investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy, nature conservation and other environmental initiatives”.

“This and the ones to come will broaden the market for highly rated green investment opportunities and strengthen sustainable finance in Canada, which in turn will help finance projects to fight climate change and protect the environment.”

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