Ask Parliament to move forward quickly with Canada’s first law recognizing environmental rights
The government promised in its 2021 electoral platform to “Pass a strengthened Canadian Environmental Protection Act” and “Recognize the ‘right to a healthy environment’ for the first time in federal law.”
The government introduced a CEPA modernization bill in April 2021 (Bill C-28), but it did not advance before Parliament dissolved for the election.
We are calling on the government to make modernizing CEPA a priority in this session of Parliament.
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 C-28 was a much-needed starting point, but there is room for improvement.
Join the call to prioritize CEPA modernization and effective environmental rights provisions.
Strong environmental laws will be the backbone of a green and just recovery.