The Government of Canada releases lineup of domestic events on World Environment Day

News Release

June 2, 2017 – Gatineau, Quebec – Environment and Climate Change Canada

Today, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Erik Solheim, released the lineup of Canadian events marking World Environment Day, on June 5, 2017.

Canada is proud to be the host country for World Environment Day this year, and the lineup of domestic events celebrates the 2017 theme of “Connecting People to Nature.”

The global event, led by the United Nations Environment Programme, is celebrated by thousands of communities worldwide. On June 5, Canada will display to the world the beauty of its natural environment both on land and on water.


“I am proud and excited that Canada is hosting World Environment Day this year. I encourage all Canadians to join the celebrations, to connect with nature, and recommit to leaving a healthier environment for future generations.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“We are honoured and grateful to celebrate the 2017 World Environment Day in a place as beautiful as Canada. This year, we are asking people to show how much nature means to them and to share their experiences with others around the world. Luckily for those in Canada, there is no shortage of stunning scenery for people to get outdoors and reconnect with nature.”

– Erik Solheim, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

Quick Facts

  • In 1972, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated June 5 as World Environment Day.

  • Since 1987, World Environment Day has been hosted by a different country, where the official global celebrations take place.

  • Recent hosts have included Angola, Italy, Barbados, Brazil, Norway, and the United States.

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Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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