Today, the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, announced that the Harper Government is investing $78.7 million over the next five years to strengthen weather monitoring infrastructure, ensuring Canadians continued access to world-class weather, water and climate monitoring data.
“Canadians understand the impact that weather, particularly severe weather, has on all of us,” said Minister Kent. “This investment in Environment Canada’s weather monitoring infrastructure will result in improved weather forecasts and warnings to better protect Canadians.”
The infrastructure upgrades will strengthen the Department’s core weather monitoring networks including the weather radar network, which is the backbone of Canada’s severe weather warnings service. The upgrades will also modernize the monitoring infrastructure and help Environment Canada’s weather service keep pace with the rapid evolution of new science and technologies.