What is environmental justice?
Some communities bear an inequitable and disproportionate burden of environmental damages and risks because they are underprivileged, racialized and Indigenous. For example, it could be overexposure to the impacts of climate change or to multiple contaminants emitted by polluting industries. What we call environmental justice is bringing these injustices to light, and having a set of measures (tools, strategies and policies) to address them.
The difference in temperature between a heat island and a cool island can be up to 12°C.
Communities leading the way
Meet some of the groups who are doing the groundwork to end environmental injustices across Quebec.
Through their activism and community work, they are at the forefront of the movement to shape a more equitable, climate-resilient society.
Rouyn-Noranda: Children over corporations
The City of Rouyn-Noranda is located on the shores of Osisko Lake, in the region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue. This once peaceful town has been the centre of widespread public attention since a series of revelations regarding chemical poisoning effects on the area’s children spurred a citizen movement to urge government to enact stricter health standards to protect the population.Learn more
Achieving Environmental Justice in Montreal North
In 2009, members of the Montreal North community founded Hoodstock to ensure residents’ voices were finally heard after a Montreal Police Department officer shot and killed 18-year-old Fredy Alberto Villanueva.Learn more
Limoilou citizens refuse to bite the dust
The citizens’ group Vigilance Port de Québec made numerous appeals to all competent administrations, forced to fight to be heard and taken seriously when it denounced the compromises to the health of the population.Learn more
Chinatown's climate resilience against injustice
The Chinatown Working Group advocate for increased social housing, green spaces, comprehensive services for seniors and disabled people, heritage preservation and economic revitalization. In 2022, these activists achieved provincial heritage designation for two historically significant streets, and protection of the entire neighbourhood by the City of Montreal.Learn more