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Canada taking next steps on the right to a healthy environment and environmental justice and racism

| Environment and Climate Change Canada | backgrounders

On February 6, 2024, the Government of Canada launched consultation and engagement activities with Canadians on the right to a healthy environment in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) to develop a national strategy to advance environmental justice, and to assess, prevent, and address environmental racism.


Creating a healthy, clean, and sustainable environment for all: Canada consulting on the right to a healthy environment in federal legislation and engaging on environmental justice and racism

| Environment and Climate Change Canada | news releases

Today, the Government of Canada begins its public consultation on the development of a right to a healthy environment implementation framework under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The Government is also engaging Canadians on environmental justice and racism to address the fact that certain communities have been disproportionately affected by environmental hazards, like pollution, toxic waste, landfills, and dumps.


Environment and Climate Change Canada Study of Winter Air Pollution in Toronto begins

| Environment and Climate Change Canada | news releases

Environment and Climate Change Canada has initiated the Study of Winter Air Pollution in Toronto (SWAPIT), a six-week comprehensive scientific investigation of air quality across the Greater Toronto Area that will lead to a better understanding of air quality in Canadian cities, particularly in winter.


Two Quebecers convicted of violating the Migratory Birds Regulations by destroying the nests of endangered Bank Swallows

| Environment and Climate Change Canada | news releases

On January 30, 2024, Sébastien Pouliot and Yves Thibeault were ordered to pay $60,000 and $5,000 respectively, by the Court of Quebec, at the Mont-Joli Courthouse. The individuals pleaded guilty to one count each of violating the Migratory Birds Regulations under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. The charges stem from actions that led to the disturbance and destruction of Bank Swallow nests. The fines will be directed to the Government of Canada's Environmental Damages Fund.


Canada boosts conservation and restoration efforts with investments in 27 new Indigenous-Led Natural Climate Solutions

| Environment and Climate Change Canada | news releases

Today, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced an investment of almost $12.8 million to support 27 Indigenous-Led Natural Climate Solutions initiatives across Canada. These new initiatives will conserve, restore, and enhance land management of wetlands, peatlands, and grasslands to store and capture carbon while benefitting biodiversity, climate resiliency, and human well-being.


North West Redwater Partnership paid $280,428 to the Environmental Damages Fund as part of an environmental protection alternative measures agreement under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

| Environment and Climate Change Canada | news releases

As a result of an environmental protection alternative measures agreement with the Attorney General of Canada, CNR (Redwater) Limited and North West Refining Inc., operating as the North West Redwater Partnership, has paid a total of $280,428 to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund


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