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

Ontario Climate Change Plan Report Card

The Ontario government’s new plan to address climate change has finally arrived. Does the plan have what it takes to do Ontario’s fair share to ... Read More

Risking It All: How Export Development Canada’s For Fossil Fuels Drives Climate Change

Canada’s official export credit agency, Export Development Canada (EDC), provides billions of dollars in support for oil and gas companies every year. Unlike independent commercial ... Read More

Pollution Solutions

Taking action on climate change means cleaner air, faster commute times, more comfortable homes, smarter communities, better buildings, and healthier people. Ontarians need a strong ... Read More

Media Backgrounder: Monsanto Papers

Did Health Canada rely on manipulated science by Monsanto when assessing the safety of glyphosate? This backgrounder explains the "Monsanto Papers." Download the backgrounder (English) ... Read More

Talking Trash

Plastic pollution is literally piling up around us. Canada only recycles 11 per cent of its plastic waste, letting the rest accumulate in landfills or ... Read More

Public Cash for Oil and Gas: Mapping Federal Fiscal Support for Fossil Fuels

Despite a longstanding promise, Canada is still the largest provider of subsidies to oil and gas production in the G7 per unit of GDP. This ... Read More

Incineration is not recycling

Backgrounder on why incineration is not the answer to Canada’s plastic pollution problem. Download the report (English) (Adobe Reader is required to read this pdf ... Read More

What’s in your lunch?

Every day, Canadians are exposed to many chemicals that are linked to adverse health conditions such as cancer, asthma, diabetes and behavioural problems like ADHD ... Read More

Less is More: The benefits to Canadians mount as emissions of oil and gas methane decline

Canada is poised to realize benefits of almost $9 billion from implementing its regulations to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. But ... Read More

Smart Growth Toolkit

This report suggests opportunities and tools for public engagement in the planning process. It is the outcome of a workshop session with ratepayers groups, NGOs, ... Read More

#StopFundingFossils: New poll shows Canadians want to end public subsidies for oil and gas companies

New polling shows that Canadians are strongly opposed to federal and provincial governments using public dollars to subsidize oil and gas companies. Despite this significant ... Read More

Canada’s Climate Change Commitments: Deep Enough?

Canada has pledged to significantly reduce greenhouse gases under the Paris Agreement on climate change. However, our current national action plan won’t get us to ... Read More

Our Guides

Mid Term Report Card – Proposed amendments to Ontario’s Greenbelt and Growth Plans

Environmental Defence evaluated Ontario's proposed amendments to the Greenbelt and Growth Plans and issued the report card below. Check out the report card that highlights ... Read More

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

Ontario’s Greenbelt and Growth Plans need some major fixes if the provincial government is serious about protecting the Greenbelt and enabling smarter growth in the ... Read More

10 ways You Can Help Keep Our Waters Clean

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

The Toxic Ten Pocket Guide

Canadians are exposed to toxic chemicals every day, but you can reduce your exposure if you know where they lurk. Cancer-causing, hormone-disrupting, and allergy-inducing substances ... Read More

Our Submissions

CCME Draft Framework for Zero Plastic Waste

Our comments on the Draft Framework for Zero Plastic Waste, created by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME). Download the submission (English) ... Read More

Comments on Bill C-69

Our comments on Bill C-69 to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. Download the submission (English) (Adobe Reader ... Read More

Protecting our Water for Future Generations

We support the provincial initiative to expand the Greenbelt to include significant and sensitive hydrological areas throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe. This is essential to ... Read More

Regulatory Proposal under Ontario’s Condominium Act, 1998

A joint submission by The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) and Environmental Defence (ED). TAF and ED were encouraged to see Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer ... Read More