Organizations call on the government of Canada to modernize CEPA

In June, the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development recommended that Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) be amended to legally recognize our right to a healthy environment. Join environmental and health leaders, professional associations, businesses and hundreds of thousands of Canadians calling upon government to act swiftly on the committee’s recommendations to ensure greater protection for human health and the environment from pollution and toxic exposures.



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The letter

TO: Dear Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Catherine McKenna, Honourable Minister of Environment and Climate Change; Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Honourable Minister of Health:

CC: to your local MP

Subject: [your organization name] supports the right to a healthy environment

We at [your organization name] support healthy communities, a healthy economy and a healthy environment. We therefore fully support strengthening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, including recognizing the right to a healthy environment. A review of the act presents the federal government with a golden opportunity to improve the health and well-being of all people in Canada.

Federal recognition of the right to a healthy environment, either by an amended CEPA or a stand-alone bill, would be a groundbreaking step towards recognizing environmental rights as human rights. More than 110 countries already recognize these rights in law, but Canada does not. It’s time we caught up. This is why we support the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot movement and encourage you to take clear, strong action on CEPA.

Please act swiftly to ensure greater protection for human health and the environment from pollution and toxic exposures by introducing a bill to strengthen CEPA. Seize this opportunity to create a healthier, stronger Canada.




Photo credit: Ottawa Tullips Festival by Michel Rathwell is licensed under CC BY 2.0



Current Signatories

  • Le Nichoir – Hudson, Quebec
  • EOS Eco-Energy Inc. – Sackville, New Brunswick
  • So Ripe Social – Toronto, Ontario
  • Northeast Avalon ACAP Inc. – St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • Canadian Environmental Law Association – Toronto, Ontario
  • Leverage Lab – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Left Coast Naturals – Burnaby, British Columbia
  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery – Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Surrey-White Rock Food Action Coalition – Surrey, British Columbia
  • Zaklan Heritage Farm – Surrey, British Columbia
  • Squeaky Cheese Inc – Lake Country, British Columbia
  • Leavetown Vacations Inc. – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Best Life Counselling – New Westminster, British Columbia
  • BenefacTours Inc – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Carleton’s Water Without Borders – Ottawa, Ontario
  • Concerned Citizens of Saint John – St John, New Brunswick
  • Enactus Carleton – Ottawa, Ontario
  • Burnaby Food First – Burnaby, British Columbia
  • Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion-BROKE – Burnaby, British Columbia
  • Cathy’s Crawly Composters – Bradford, Ontario
  • Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club – Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Green Connections Network – Sharon, Ontario
  • Nature’s Emporium – Newmarket, Ontario
  • Blues Shoes Honey – Ottawa, Ontario
  • Prairie Sky School Inc. – Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Sustainable Energy Group – Woodstock, New Brunswick
  • Our Horizon – Toronto, Ontario
  • Carleton University Geography and Environmental Studies Student Association – Ottawa, Ontario
  • Regina Public Interest Research Group – Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Outward Bound Canada – Toronto, Ontario
  • Nashwaak Watershed Association – Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Couture’s Keyboard Conservatory – Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Future of Howe Sound Society  Howe Sound, British Columbia
  • LifeNotes Wisdom to Share – Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • We Can Change the World Day – Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • The Deanery Project – Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia
  • Robert Bateman Centre – Victoria, British Columbia
  • SaskOutdoors – Saskatoon, British Columbia
  • Human Rights Hub Winnipeg – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Music for Young Children Richmond Hill/Markham – Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Calming Centre – Squamish, British Columbia
  • Total Personnel Solutions – Sudbury, Ontario
  • South Okanagan Trail Alliance – Penticton, British Columbia
  • Forestry Undergraduate Society – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Association de la riviere Doncaster – Ste. Marguerite-Esterel, Quebec
  • ARC Aviation Renewables Corp. – Victoria, British Columbia
  • Altona Community Action Network – Altona, Manitoba
  • Common Energy @ University of British Columbia – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Quadrant Newmedia Corp. – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Herzliah High School Environmental Club – Montreal, Quebec
  • Sisters of Sion – CanadaUS Region – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Eileen’s Cleaning – Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • Tree Of Life Playschool – Victoria, British Columbia
  • Women for Water – Burlington, Ontario
  • Newholm Community Heritage Centre  – Huntsville, Ontario
  • ON GREEN GO SOLUTIONS – Montreal, Quebec
  • The Climate Reality Project Canada – Montreal, Quebec
  • DurhamCLEAR – Whitby, Ontario
  • Inspire Massage Therapy – Cloverdale, British Columbia
  • Unifor Local 114 – New Westminster, British Columbia
  • Citizens Climate Lobby Regina Chapter – Regina, Saskatchewan
  • De Gaspé Beaubien Foundation – Montreal, Quebec
  • Refinedmoves – Hawkesville, Ontario
  • Heuvelmans Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac – Chatham, Ontario
  • Friends of McIntyre Creek – Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Friends of Port Mouton bay  Port Mouton, Nova Scotia
  • Shepherd’s Dream – Roseau River, Manitoba
  • Friends of the Farewell – Courtice, Ontario
  • Bracer EV – Mississauga, Ontario
  • Citizens’ Environmental Stewardship Association – East of Ottawa – Russell, Ontario
  • Recycling & Environmental Action Planning Society – Prince George, British Columbia
  • 4 Seasons Fire Prevention Services Ltd – Victoria, British Columbia
  • Athabasca Bioregional Society – Jasper, Alberta
  • Miami River Streamkeepers Society – Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia
  • Amacata Design Concepts – Port Moody, British Columbia
  • Solid Gold Pet Resort Ltd – Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Centre for Social Innovation – Toronto, Ontario
  • ReForest London – London, Ontario
  • Peterborough Pollinators – Peterborough, Ontario
  • Earth’s General Store, Ltd. – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Moksha Yoga – Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
  • Council of Canadians Fredericton Chapter – Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Clean North – Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • York Labour Environment Action Group – Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • A Step Ahead Dog & Cat Services – Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • County Sustainability Group ( CSG ) – Prince Edward County, Ontario
  • Awakening Body Wisdom – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Environment Haliburton! – Haliburton, Ontario
  • The LaHave Craft Co-operative Ltd. – LaHave, Nova Scotia
  • Canadian Voice of Women for Peace – Toronto, Ontario
  • – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Big City Hippies – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Codsi Mortgage Team – Oakville, Ontario
  • National Farmers Union – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Wreck Beach Preservation Society – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Green Sky Sustainability Consulting Inc.  Vancouver, British Columbia
  • North Columbia Environmental Society – Revelstoke, British Columbia