Strengthen CEPA, Canada’s pollution law

Ask Parliament to move quickly with Canada’s first law recognizing environmental rights

On February 9, 2022, the government introduced Bill S-5, amendments to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). If passed, Bill S-5 will recognize the right to a healthy environment for the first time in federal law.

A previous version of the same bill died on the order paper last year when Parliament dissolved for the 2021 election.

Our message to Parliamentarians:

Don’t let another year go by without bringing Canada’s cornerstone environmental law into the 21st century!

We are calling on Parliament to make modernizing CEPA a priority in this session.

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.”

CEPA is supposed to protect against these threats, but it hasn’t been updated for more than two decades.

Bill S-5, currently before the Senate, is a starting point for much-needed improvements to the act.

Sign the petition to let senators know you support strengthening and passing S-5, the CEPA modernization bill.

Strong environmental laws will be the backbone of a just transition to a clean and inclusive economy.

Sign the petition to let senators know you support strengthening and passing S-5, the CEPA modernization bill. Our goal is to collect 15,000 signatures. We will submit the letter to senators in advance of the final vote on Bill S-5.