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

Yours To Recover: A Progress Report on Ontario’s Climate Change Actions

Ontario's Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks recently outlined his government’s progress on its Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, and claimed to be lowering greenhouse gas emissions ... Read More

Plastic Pollution in Canada

The world is facing a plastic pollution crisis and Canada is a significant contributor to the problem. Read the report ... Read More

2020 Annual Report

Together, we're making a healthier environment and a better world. This past year, because of your generous support, we accomplished so much. Read our 2020 ... Read More

Big Oil Reality Check: Assessing oil and gas company climate plans

Increasingly, oil and gas companies claim to be part of the solution to the climate crisis—but the reality is very different. This analysis of the ... Read More

Building Highway 413 the Best Option for Moving People & Goods in the GTA West Region?

Highway 413 should be cancelled. It will cause significant environmental impacts, do little to ease congestion and consume billions of dollars that can be better ... Read More

Briefing: Export Development Canada’s role in bailing out the oil and gas sector

Canada’s export bank, Export Development Canada (EDC), already provides on average nearly fourteen billion dollars in support to oil and gas companies each year. Now ... Read More

The Logging Loophole: How The Logging Industry’s Unregulated Carbon Emissions Undermine Canada’s Climate Goals

Canada's boreal forest stores twice as much carbon as the world’s oil reserves. Despite this climate value, more than 400,000 hectares of the forest is ... Read More

Not Just A Canadian Phenomenon

In Canada, various protests against pipelines and other oil and gas infrastructure projects is well documented. Some Canadians may feel like the country’s oil and ... Read More

Green Strings: Principles and conditions for a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada

To ensure a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, clear guidelines are needed. The following seven “green strings” should be attached to COVID-19 recovery measures ... Read More

Clearing The Air

Find out how electric vehicles and cleaner trucks can reduce pollution, improve health and save lives in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area ... Read More

Policy Brief: A New Canadian Climate Accountability Act

This policy brief proposes a framework for a new Canadian Climate Accountability Act that would enshrine Canada's ambitious commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 – ... Read More

Still Digging: G20 Governments Continue to Finance the Climate Crisis

Since the Paris Agreement was made, G20 countries have acted directly counter to it by providing at least USD 77 billion a year in finance ... Read More

Who Benefits?

Most (70%) oil sands production is owned by foreign companies and shareholders, who enjoy the majority of record profits, especially when oil prices are low ... Read More

No Time To Waste

The world is facing a plastic pollution crisis. Plastic pollution has been found practically everywhere scientists look— in the high arctic and the deep sea, ... Read More

Canada’s Federal Fossil Fuel Subsidies in 2020

Despite a long-standing commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, in 2019, federal subsides to the oil and gas sector reached at least $600 million, ... Read More

Our Guides

Reject Teck’s Frontier Mine

The federal government is facing an important test of its resolve on climate action: whether to approve or reject what would be Canada’s largest open-pit ... Read More

Toxic Ten: Skincare Guide

From washing your face to applying serum for a youthful complexion, our daily skincare routine may involve using as many as 16 personal care products ... Read More

Our Submissions

Open Letter from 53 Organizations on Updating Export Development Canada’s Climate Target

In a time of climate crisis, Crown corporation Export Development Canada is providing oil and gas companies with an average of over CAD 13 billion ... Read More