At Environmental Defence, we perform research and publish reports and guides to educate the public about environmental challenges facing our communities, then provide roadmaps for steps we can take to tackle these challenges. Take a look some of our most recent reports:

Our Reports

Buyers Beware: Toxic BPA & Regrettable Substitutes in the Linings of Canned Food
The chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is toxic to human health. So toxic, it’s been banned from baby bottles in Canada. But it’s still widespread in food cans, as research by us, and five US non-profit groups, shows. We found BPA in 86 per cent of tested food cans from three major Canadian retailers – in both national and store brands. Read the Report

Energy East – A Threat to Our Drinking Water
TransCanada’s proposed Energy East oil pipeline project threatens the drinking water of nearly 5.6 million Canadians. This alarming finding is the result of a detailed examination of Energy East’s proposed route across Canada. Read the Report

Turning the Plastic Tide
Plastic pollution has reached every corner of the globe. The Pacific Garbage Patch is well known. What’s less known is that 80 per cent of litter in the Great Lakes region is plastic. Read the Report

Getting FIT
With the passage of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act in 2009, Ontario took a bold step into the future and launched an ambitious effort to develop a green power industry. Read the Report

The Elephant in the Room: Canada’s Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Every year, federal and provincial government pay billions in hand-outs to Canada’s coal, oil and gas companies, undermining climate action in Canada. Fossil fuel subsidies to producers total $3.3 billion annually, which amounts to paying polluters $19/tonne to pollute. Read the Report

Expectations for Domestic Action Plans under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
Under the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, Canada and the United States have committed to releasing action plans that outline how they will reduce toxic algal blooms on Lake Erie. Read the Report

Our Guides

The Toxic Ten Pocket Guide
Canadians put toxics on their skin every day from the products they use. Cancer-causing, hormone-disrupting, and allergy-inducing substances can be found in many Canadian products. Read the Guide

The BPA Pocket Guide
BPA can be found not just in food cans, but also in many other consumer goods. Learn how you and your loved ones can lower the risk of exposure to BPA with our handy pocket guide. Read the Guide

The Problem With Bottled Water
Bottled water is a big business in Canada. But its cost on the environment and your wallet is even bigger. Here’s the real price of bottled water: Read the Guide

10 Ways You Can Help Keep Our Waters Clean
About the Guide: Simply by going about your daily routines, you might be unknowingly contributing to the pollution of our waterways. Here’s a tip sheet that you can use to help keep Canada’s waters healthy and clean! Read the Guide

Action Checklist
Recommendations to fix Ontario’s Greenbelt and Growth Plans Read the Checklist

Mid Term Report Card – Proposed amendments to Ontario’s Greenbelt and Growth Plans
A panel led by David Crombie reviewed Ontario’s Greenbelt and Growth Plans.Read the Report