The Net-Zero Challenge
Committed to a clean future
The Net-Zero Challenge is a voluntary initiative that encourages businesses to develop and implement credible and effective plans to transition their facilities and operations to net-zero emissions by 2050.
Businesses around the world are transitioning to net-zero emissions. In addition to reducing emissions, adopting net-zero plans can:
- Reduce business costs by switching to renewable energy sources
- Provide a competitive position in a decarbonizing world
- Attract new investment from stakeholders
- Become more resilient against market disruptions
Commit to a clean future today
All businesses operating in Canada – domestic and multinational – with net-zero aspirations can join the Challenge. Sign and submit a Commitment Letter.Footnote *
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Why join the Challenge
- A Made in Canada program.
- Credible, with a rigorous technical framework.
- Public recognition and visibility.
- Access to a community of practice.
- Sustainability incentive for federal funding and procurement.
- Simple reporting.
Learn why participating companies have already joined - browse testimonials
3M is pleased to join and support the Government of Canada in the Net-Zero Challenge, affirming our commitment to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions 50% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. We know that by applying science and working collaboratively with governments, customers and global partners, we can deliver innovative decarbonization solutions and accelerate positive environmental impact in our communities.
The Net-Zero Challenge is a great opportunity for businesses and industries to act with greater transparency and urgency when it comes to tackling the climate emergency. Words must translate into action. I urge every business leader to act, and be part of the solution. At Aviva Canada, we're pleased to be a founding participant and leading the way with our own net-zero by 2040 ambition. Fighting climate change is a team game. Only by acting together will we be able to accelerate Canada's transition to a low-carbon future.
BASF Canada is proud to join Canada's Net-Zero Challenge. Now, more than ever, it's important to collaborate and work together to help reach these shared climate goals. BASF is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and although this goal is ambitious, it is also achievable, and is crucial for a sustainable future. The work that the government of Canada is doing with industry will bring us one step closer to a net zero future.
Cement Association of Canada
Climate change is our industry's most significant challenge. By charting a credible, transparent path to net-zero emissions, our industry continues its history of leadership in building the sustainable world of tomorrow. We are proud to be a founding participant in the Net-Zero Challenge. It is one more example of our pursuit of proactive partnerships with governments, the construction sector, and civil society to support reducing our carbon emissions by up to 40% by 2030 and net-zero by 2050.
As a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler, CN handles over C$250 billion worth of goods and carries more than 300 million tons of cargo annually, and is proud to be moving all these products in a sustainable way. CN's pledge to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 aligns with the Government of Canada's commitment. We will continue to decarbonize our operations and, in turn, will enable our customers to reduce their transportation supply chain emissions and support their and our growth in sustainable products and markets.
Edmonton International Airport
The Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is excited to participate in the Government of Canada's Net-Zero Challenge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. With our Airport City Sustainability Campus, we are leading several initiatives to promote the decarbonization of aviation and airports, including building the world's largest airport-based solar farm, driving the consumer adoption of hydrogen, and using nature-based solutions. Our Airport City Sustainability Campus is focused on spurring collaboration and fostering innovation to help reduce emissions, stimulate economic development, and create green jobs for a sustainable economy.
General Motors of Canada Company
General Motors of Canada is pleased to join Canada's Net-Zero Challenge, and we look forward to working with government towards an electric future that includes everyone, and becoming carbon neutral in our products and operations by 2040.
Greater Toronto Airports Authority
As Canada's largest airport, Pearson is committed to environmental sustainability. We have already made significant reductions to our GHG emissions and we are committed to driving toward our net zero emissions goal. By joining this challenge, we reflect the aviation sector commitment to pursue net zero emissions, and I commend the Government of Canada and Minister Guilbeault for this initiative.
Loblaw Companies Limited
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing Canadians today. As one of Canada's largest retailers, we are determined to do our part. We are committed to get to Net Zero for our enterprise operations by 2040 and will work with our partners to get to Net Zero by 2050 for our scope 3 emissions. We know together we can make significant progress over these coming, critical, years.
Ottawa International Airport Authority
The Ottawa International Airport Authority is excited to join Canada's Net-Zero Challenge. Building on YOW's ACI Carbon Accreditation Level 3+ achievements and the GHG-reduction initiatives undertaken over the past 20 years, YOW is developing plans to achieve zero emissions from direct operations by 2040 with an even greater ambition to reach the goal by 2030 - well ahead of the Challenges' 2050 target. We look forward to working with partners from across the airport campus and at Hydro Ottawa to explore electrifying vehicles, generating renewable energy, and other zero-emission projects in our net-zero quest.
Achieving net zero emissions for Canada as well as our company is no small feat. Both require significant investment underpinned by broad collaboration between governments, industry and all levels of society. While we don't underestimate the challenge, we are pleased to join the growing number of Canadian firms who share our commitment to be a net-zero emissions company by 2050 while also ensuring there is a reliable and affordable supply of low carbon energy products Canada and the world needs."
Vancouver Airport Authority
We are proud to be a founding member of the Government of Canada's Net-Zero Challenge to join others in decarbonizing our operations and industries. At YVR, we've committed to be net-zero carbon by 2030 and are supporting our aviation partners to enable them to achieve their net zero targets for 2050. Through this challenge, we look forward to sharing the lessons learned in delivering our Roadmap to Net Zero and collaborating with businesses across Canada to advance a greener and more resilient future.
Woodfibre LNG Limited
We're proud to be an original signatory on the Net-Zero Challenge, and we look forward to sharing our exciting plans to reach that goal soon. Government initiatives like the Net-Zero Challenge are key drivers for innovation and evolution in Canada's natural gas industry, and one of the reasons we will be able to share the world's lowest emission LNG with the international markets that need it most.
The minimum requirements to join
- Set a net-zero emissions target for 2050 or earlier.
- Complete a Preliminary Participation Checklist within 12 months of joining.
- Complete a Comprehensive Participation Checklist within 24 months of joining.
- Set at least two interim reduction targets.
- Report on progress annually.
- Review and update net zero plans every five years.
- Conduct and make public climate-related financial disclosures (SMEs exempt).
What you need to know
- How to join with an existing net-zero plan
- How to join without an existing net-zero plan
- How to join as a small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
- Participation checklists
- Participation tiers
- What happens if a participant fails to meet the requirements
What the Net-Zero Challenge will accomplish
Through the Net-Zero Challenge, the Government of Canada will accomplish the following:
- Normalize net-zero planning so that it becomes a default business practice in Canada;
- Build momentum through guidance and collaboration;
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial and other sectors;
- Position Canadian industry to be green and competitive in the global net-zero economy.
Keep up with #NetZeroChallengeCA on Twitter for the latest updates!
The following Canadian companies are currently participating in the Net-Zero Challenge.
|Participant Name||Stream||Participation tier|
|3M Canada||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|ADGA||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Adirondack Information Technology||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|ADRM Group Consulting Corp.||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Aecon Group Inc||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|AET Group Inc.||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Aqueduct Water Systems||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Arcelormittal Dofasco||1||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Armour Valve Ltd.||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Aviva Canada||2||Tier 6 - Committed|
|BASF Canada||1||Tier 6 - Committed|
|BHP Canada||1||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Biothermica Technologies||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Calian Group Ltd.||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Canada Post||3||Tier 2 - Platinum|
|Carleton University||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
||1||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Chevalier Thurling / Wiretone Records||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|CN||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Cogeco||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Copernicus Educational Products||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|CORADIX Technology Consulting||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Edmonton Regional Airports Authority||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Emobility Energy Inc.||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Experis Canada||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Foresight Canada||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|General Motors of Canada Company||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Greater Toronto Airports Authority||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|GSI International Consulting Inc.||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|I4C Consulting Inc.||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|IBISKA Telecom Inc.||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Indigo Park Canada||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Le Prix||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Loblaw Companies Limited||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Makwa Resourcing Inc.||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Maplesoft Group||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Maverin Inc.||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Microsoft Canada||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|NewFound Recruiting||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Northern Energy Capital||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Nouveau Monde Graphite||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Novex Delivery Solutions||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Onakì Création||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Ottawa International Airport Authority||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Platinum Pro-claim Restoration Limited||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|QuadReal Property Group||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Raspberry Point Oysters||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Rethink2gether||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Science North||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Shell Canada Limited||1||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Siemens Canada Limited||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|SNC-Lavalin||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Sustainability Advantage||3||Tier 1 - Diamond|
|SustainAgro Ltd.||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Techso Solutions||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|TEKsystems Canada||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|The Employment Solution||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|TPG Technology Consulting Ltd.||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|TRM Technologies||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|True EV Charging||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Vancouver Airport Authority||3||Tier 6 - Committed|
|Woodfibre LNG Limited||1||Tier 6 - Committed|
From the Government of Canada
- Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act
- 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: Clean Air, Strong Economy
- Canada's Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System
- Canada's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP)
- Canadian Climate Data and Scenarios
- Emission Factors and Reference Values
- Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System
- Fuel Life Cycle Assessment Model
- Standard on the Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Setting of Reduction Targets
- Strategic Assessment of Climate Change
- Clean Growth Hub
Third party links
- Carbon Life Cycle Calculator
- ISO Net-Zero Guidelines
- Net-Zero Assessment Tool | Sustainability Advantage
- UN High Level Expert Group Report (PDF)
- Accounting and Reporting Standard
- Calculate your Emissions
- GHG Inventory Development Process and Guidance
- Quantification and Reporting GHG Emissions at Organization Level
- Quantification and Reporting GHG Emissions at the Project Level
- Verification and Validation of GHG statements
- GHG Target Setting
- Guide for Setting Near-Term Targets (PDF)
- Science-Based Target Setting Manual (PDF)
- Target Setting
Scenario analysis and mitigation strategies
Disclosure and reporting
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