Help strengthen Canada’s pollution law

The oil industry is trying to derail modernization of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act

Government committed to modernizing the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, but a leaked memo reveals that the oil industry is using COVID-19 as a pretext for pressuring Ottawa to postpone CEPA amendments.

We won’t let the oil industry have the last word! Send a message to your MP and the environment minister. Tell them you support strengthening CEPA and protecting the human right to a healthy environment!

We’re encouraged that the oil industry’s call to roll back climate action in response to COVID-19 is not gaining getting traction. As the prime minister said, “Just because we’re in one crisis right now doesn’t mean we can forget about the other one — the climate crisis that we are also facing as a world and as a country.”

The David Suzuki Foundation supports the emergency relief government has provided to workers and their families, to see them through the pandemic. At the same time, we urge government to put the country on track to meet its target to be net-zero emissions by mid-century.

Better protections for human health and the environment have never been more important. That’s why we need to speak up in support of strengthening CEPA, Canada’s toxics and pollution law.

Preventable exposures to toxics and pollution take a constant toll on human health, contributing to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, diabetes, cancer and other chronic conditions. Globally, ambient air pollution alone is responsible for 8.8 million premature deaths per year — a “pollution pandemic,” according to the author of this new research.

CEPA is supposed to protect against these threats, but it hasn’t been updated for more than two decades. In 2017, the House of Commons environment committee reviewed CEPA and made 87 recommendations for strengthening the act, including amendments to recognize the human right to a healthy environment and the need to protect vulnerable populations and better control toxic substances.

Join us in calling on government to act on these recommendations without delay.

In this era of climate emergency, increasing toxic threats and multiple pressures on our health-care system, we need strong environmental laws to protect human health as well as the environment.