Environment and Climate Change Canada key partners

We cannot tackle environmental issues alone. Partnerships are a fundamental way of doing business at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

Our key partners include:

Canadians are becoming increasingly involved in assessing the state of their environment and bringing about change. Programs such as Plant Watch and Frog Watch, launched by the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Network with the support of local communities, help assess the state of Canada's environment.
Non-governmental groups
Non-governmental organizations across the country–-at the community, regional and national level–-are actively carrying out projects related to clean air, nature, clean water, and climate change. These organizations are dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment, and play an important role in many of ECCC's public engagement activities.
Research facilities
ECCC has partnerships with other research facilities; federal, provincial and territorial agencies; and universities to work on specific projects. These partnerships allow researchers to share expertise, pool resources and equipment, and avoid duplicating efforts.
Other federal departments
ECCC works with the other federal departments that deal with natural resources. The five natural resource departments—Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Health Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and ECCC—collaborate on research, share success stories, and disseminate information. This helps Canadians understand sustainable development issues and equips them to make and support informed decisions about sustainable development and the environment.
Provincial and territorial governments

The Government of Canada shares jurisdiction over environmental matters with the provinces and territories. ECCC works with provincial and territorial governments to develop policies and programs, undertake research, share success stories, and provide information on environmental issues of national and regional importance.

These relationships are fostered through bilateral agreements as well as through the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment and other multilateral fora on specific issues such as domestic and international climate change, wildlife, species at risk and ecological areas, water, and environmental protection.

Indigenous Peoples

ECCC is committed to renewing a nation-to-nation relationship with the Indigenous peoples of Canada based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.

ECCC works with the governments, communities, and organizations of the Indigenous peoples of Canada – including First Nations, Métis and Inuit – to support their environmental stewardship and objectives, and to advance the Department’s programs and priorities.

This includes consultation and engagement on regulatory and legislative amendments, partnerships for the implementation of environmental legislation and programs, the co-development of ecological stewardship training programs grounded in both Indigenous and Western knowledge systems, and supporting the negotiation and implementation of Modern Treaties.

Private sector organizations
Our partnerships with the private sector include work with industries such as the textile, dry-cleaning, pulp and paper, and wood preservatives industries to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and facilitate the adoption of pollution prevention measures.
International organizations

ECCC is involved in at least seven United Nations organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Meteorological Organization, and the Commission on Sustainable Development.

ECCC also participates in other international organizations such as the Arctic Council, the G-8, and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change, and has signed several bilateral agreements with individual countries.

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