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

Full Disclosure: The case for stronger household product labelling
To enable consumers to reduce their exposure, Canada needs better labelling rules that fully inform about harmful ingredients in cleaning and personal care products. Read the Report

Ontario’s Electricity System
This backgrounder on Ontario’s electricity prices clears up some misconceptions about hydro costs in Ontario and shows that renewable energy accounts for a relatively small part of residential electricity bills. Read the Report

The Climate Test: Aligning Energy Project Assessment with Climate Policy
Canada needs a “climate test” that ensures major energy projects—like tar sands pipelines— fit within Canada’s climate commitments and make economic sense in a low-carbon world. Read the Report

Building an Ontario Green Jobs Strategy
Ontario’s plan to retrofit buildings to make them more energy efficient will create nearly 33,000 jobs. But will these jobs be well-paying and go to people who need them most? Find out how the province can create good green jobs as part of its efforts to fight climate change. Read the Report

Canada’s Methane Gas Problem: Why strong regulations can reduce pollution, protect health and save money
Find out why methane leaks from oil and gas operations are a serious problem in Canada and what federal regulations are needed to end pollution from methane gas emissions. Read the Report

Protecting and Restoring the Ecological Health of Our Waters
In 2015, Ontario passed the Great Lakes Protection Act. In an effort to embolden the legislation, we along with nine other organizations outline our expectations for implementation of the Act. Read the Report

Application Incomplete: TransCanada fails to say how the Energy East pipeline would cross major Canadian rivers
TransCanada’s application to build Energy East is missing critical details about how the proposed pipeline would cross the Ottawa, Saint Lawrence and Assiniboine Rivers. Without this crucial information, the National Energy Board’s review of the Energy East pipeline review should not begin. Read the Report

Tailings ponds are a toxic brew of water, sand, silt and petrochemical waste products. Their volume is more than 1.18 trillion litres and growing and the clean-up costs are $44.5 billion and rising. Find out more about this poisonous problem and what must be done to fix it. Read the report. Read the Report

Environmental Defence’s made a submission to the CEC on whether the Canadian government is failing to enforce the Fisheries Act with leaking tar sands tailings ponds. Download the Submission. Download the appendices.

Media Backgrounder: Grow The Greenbelt
Backgrounder on why the province needs to expand protection of vulnerable water supplies in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region 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