Ask MPs to prioritize first law recognizing environmental rights

Parliament should strengthen and pass Bill C-28

Bill C-28 updates the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. If it is passed, CEPA would become the first federal law to recognize the human right to a healthy environment — a long-overdue paradigm shift that could help ensure all people in Canada benefit from environmental-protection measures.

Send a message to your MP.

Better protections for human health and the environment have never been more important.

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 research.

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

Bill C-28 is a much-needed starting point, but there is room for improvement.

Join the call to strengthen and pass Bill C-28. Write now to ask your MP to prioritize CEPA modernization and effective environmental rights provisions.

Strong environmental laws will be the backbone of a green and just recovery.

UPDATE: After being tabled on April 13, Bill C-28 has stalled in parliament. After five weeks, and with summer recess approaching, a coalition of organizations sent House Leader Hon. Pablo Rodriguez this letter urging him and all MPs to get Bill C-28 back on the agenda by June 5 (World Environment Day).