Ottawa and Montreal are set to host a summit on climate change this fall, the first of its kind in North America.
The summit will be held on Sept. 24 and will be the first time the countries have ever convened on climate.
“We’ve been talking about climate change for quite a long time,” said Michel Lalonde, Montreal’s minister of energy and climate change, at a news conference Friday.
“And now we’re getting closer to a concrete vision of what it would look like to achieve it.”
A joint declaration will also be announced that will provide details on how the country’s greenhouse gas emissions will be managed over the coming decades.
Montreal’s Minister of Energy and Climate Change Michel Lalande, left, speaks to Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard in Montreal, Quebec, on Sept 3, 2018.
The Quebec premier has been lobbying Ottawa to host the summit, which would mark the first in Canada since 2015.
Montreal and Ottawa had previously hosted a summit in 2013.
A previous attempt to host such a summit failed when the two governments were unable to reach a deal to fund the event.
In the absence of agreement on climate, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a plan in 2018 to move forward with a climate change action plan.
Montreal hosted the summit last year.
The Montreal meeting will be preceded by a conference in Toronto, scheduled for Sept. 9.
Ottawa will host the next major climate conference in 2021.
The conference is expected to draw the largest international gathering of scientists and researchers on the planet.
Lalonde said the new summit would give Canada a chance to share its experience.
“The goal is to make sure we have the best climate action plans and the best data and data collection, and the most comprehensive climate change plans that we can,” he said.
“In terms of how we’re going to be able to meet the Paris agreement, we’re not quite there yet.”