Place Royale et le Funiculaire (au fond), Québec, QC, Canada. August 2010. Attribution: SaphirQC - Odette Tremblay

Canada community action[edit | edit source]

Sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Local sustainability initiatives[edit source]

Please see our Local communities in Canada pages, where of course you can share any more information you may have about local sustainability initiatives.

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

  • Every One Every Day Kjipuktuk/Halifax, added 15:16, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Participatory Canada, added 15:18, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Strong Towns "supports thousands of people across the United States and Canada who are advocating for a radically new way of thinking about the way we build our world. Strong Towns is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our work is performed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Please share with others to use for good." added 16:00, 30 November 2020 (UTC)

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Cool It
Author: Raffi Foundation for Child Honouring, Nov 28, 2018

Energy Action Coalition, coalition of 50 youth-led environmental and social justice groups coordinating on state, regional, and national levels in the United States and Canada. Wikipedia category: Climate change in Canada

Canada People’s Climate Plan

Climate change in Canada has had large impacts on the country's environment and landscapes. The number of climate change-related events, such as the 2013 Alberta Floods, and an increase in the number of forest fires has become an increasing concern over time. Canada's annual average temperature over land has warmed by 1.7 degrees Celsius since 1948. The rate of warming is even higher in Canada's north, the Prairies, and northern British Columbia. The country's precipitation has increased in recent years and extreme weather events have become more common.

Canada is currently the world's 7th largest greenhouse gas emitter, and has a long history of producing industrial emissions going back to the late 19th century. In 2019 transport and oil and gas extraction together emitted over half of the total. Canada's fossil fuel extraction industry has increased its greenhouse gas emissions by 21.6% since 1990.

Canada is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 under the Paris Agreement. Several climate change mitigation policies have been implemented in the country, such as carbon pricing, emissions trading and climate change funding programs. In 2019, the House of Commons voted to declare a national climate emergency in Canada.

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Naturewatch: A Canadian Phenology project

Community currencies activism[edit | edit source]

Commons Currency Project, Imagining a Great Lakes Commons Currency

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Delivering Community Power, Canadian Union of Postal Workers plan to turn every post office in Canada into a hub for a just green transition. [1]

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Canada Bikes, the national voice for commuter, touring and recreational cycling - Critical Mass bicycle rides in Canada

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

FixMyStreet Canada

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]

The Buy Nothing Day site through the Adbusters Media Foundation - Fairtrade settlements in Canada

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Face Your Farmer on pinterest - Open Food Network, Canada - Solar cooking resources in Canada - Wikipedia category: Food markets in Canada

Hunters' and Trappers' Committee in Aklavik, Northwest Territories[edit | edit source]

For thousands of years, Inuit communities in far northern Canada lived seminomadically, surviving off of whatever wild game they could hunt. But starting in the mid-20th century, climate change, colonialism, and economic changes had a devastating impact on people in places like Aklavik. Caribou herds shrank and migration patterns changed. The Inuit were forcibly resettled in prefabricated towns and their sled dogs culled by authorities. As demand for seal and fox furs fell and resettlement accelerated, hunters were forced into employment or into nine-to-five jobs, reducing both time and money for hunting.

With fewer hunters, food had to be flown in at exorbitant prices — as much as $38 for a bag of grapes that would cost only a few dollars in the south. As a result, the Aklavik Hunters' and Trappers' Committee and several other groups across the Arctic have established community fridges, where hunters or people who have been fishing drop off surplus meat. The hunters are reimbursed for certain fees and the food is distributed to people in need, following a centuries-old Inuit tradition of delivering one's surplus catch to the elderly and isolated. Canada's largest Inuit advocacy group, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, has launched a food security mapping project to track similar initiatives across the Arctic. [2] Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee – Community Harvesters,

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]


Sharing[edit | edit source]

Halifax Tool Library[edit | edit source]

Halifax Tool Library (HTL), is a tool lending library based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Members pay an annual subscription and may borrow specialized tools for home repair, maintenance, building projects, community projects, gardening and landscaping. The HTL is a Non Profit community organization. The HTL offers standard, Student/Low-Income option, and organizational memberships to non-profits and small businesses. The HTL is supported by Dalhousie University student union, Ecology Action Centre, Parker Street food & furniture bank, Forest Friend, Bike Again, North Brewing Company, Catalyst, Fusion HFX, Deiter's tool and Saw. W

Other links[edit | edit source]

Canadian Cohousing Network - Canadian Senior Cohousing

Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]

8-80 Cities, Canadian based non-profit organization with an international outlook, promote walking and bicycling as activities and urban parks, trails and other public spaces as great places for ALL.

Depave Paradise

RAIN, urban stormwater program designed by Green Communities Canada to maximize community engagement and action.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Apps for sustainability[edit | edit source]

Apps for Climate Action Contest winners, September 16, 2010

Commons[edit | edit source]

Great Lakes Commons, a grassroots effort to establish the Great Lakes as a thriving, living commons — shared and sacred waters that we all protect in perpetuity.

Legal resources[edit | edit source]

Ecojustice Canada, Canadian non-profit environmental law organization that provides funding to lawyers to use litigation to defend and protect the environment. W

Video[edit | edit source]

News and comment[edit | edit source]


Land-use planning in Canada: whose land is it anyway? Richard Shearmur, Jun 30 [3]

Canada weather: Heatwave hits record 46.6C as US north-west also frazzles, Jun 28 [4]


Property Rights / Property Wrongs: Micro-Treaties with the Earth by @DarkMatter_Labs, Sep 14 [5]

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Tomorrow Today Streets, Creating essential micro-infrastructure for post Covid 19 neighbourhoods, TessyBritton [6] The article includes news of projects in Canada (Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton). May 30 ...Barking and Dagenham

Canada’s libraries step up to help vulnerable people during pandemic [7] Apr 22


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Climate change talks lead to heightened pledge to cut emissions. [8] EU, Canada, New Zealand and developing countries to keep global warming below 1.5C. Dec 12 ...Climate news 2018

Empowering Canada's Indigenous communities through coworking, Nov 12 [9]


A Toolkit for Establishing a Great Lakes Commons, Sep 18 [10]

7 Inspiring Ways Canadians Are Sharing to Tackle Food Insecurity, Jun 28 [11]

This beer kills pipelines, Jun 7 [12]

Meet the First Nation Above the Arctic Circle That Just Went Solar, Mar 28 [13]

A How-To Manual For Growing A Community, Mar 20 [14]


Health Canada proposes ban on pesticide linked to bee deaths, Nov 24 [15]

Plastic microbeads will be banned in Canada, effective mid-2018, Nov 4 [16]

Canada's National Parks will be free to all visitors in 2017, January 11 [17]


Canada shocks COP21 with big new climate goal, December 7 [18]

The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Caring for the Earth and One Another, September 15 [19]


High-volume fracking to be banned in Nova Scotia, September 3 [20]

Canada should be doing more to fight income inequality, March 17 [21]

Events[edit | edit source]


June 7 100in1day, transform your city (Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax)

May 26 Bike Day in Canada is about bringing together the public, cycling organizations and members of all three levels of government across Canada, to ride on the same day. The day is dedicated to highlighting the importance of cycling in Canada as a healthy, affordable and environmentally friendly form of physical activity, transportation and tourism. [22]

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

Local communities in Canada[edit | edit source]

Alberta - British Columbia - Manitoba - Ontario - Quebec - Saskatchewan - Montreal - Toronto - Vancouver


External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia categories: Environment of Canada, Environmental issues in Canada‎

References[edit | edit source]