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CELA is a non-profit specialty legal aid clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. We work to protect human health and our environment by seeking justice for those harmed by pollution and by working to change policies to prevent such problems in the first place. We provide free legal services to people and groups across Ontario that qualify for legal aid.

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The CELA Foundation supports CELA’s research and educational work on environmental law and justice issues through extensive resources available to the public and in support of the environmental law and policy community. The Foundation also helps CELA mentor and train the next generation of environmental lawyers.

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CELA counsel represent Ontario residents and community groups who qualify for legal aid. Representation occurs in the courts and before tribunals on matters of environmental law. CELA’s lawyers have achieved some of the most important environmental law victories and precedent-setting cases in Canada.

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Submission on Ministerial Zoning Order under O Reg 568/21

CELA recommends that consultation cease on a proposed regulation under O Reg 568/21 and that no decision be made, until such time as additional detail (including a draft regulation) and an adequate comment period are provided to allow the public to meaningfully participate in the decision‐making, pursuant to the intent of Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993.

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August 2021 Bulletin

Get the Lead Out of Drinking Water We’ve known for a long time that exposure to even very low levels of lead can have serious health consequences, especially for fetuses and young children. Although there is widespread recognition of the

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Media Release: Coalition of Specialty Community Legal Clinics Granted Intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada in case about Public Interest Standing and Access to Justice

The Coalition of Speciality Community Legal Clinics (made up of Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH), the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), Chinese Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC), HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), and South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO)) is pleased to share that it has been granted intervener status at the Supreme Court of Canada in an appeal raising important issues about the legal test for public interest standing.

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Casework: Judicial Review of Bill 197 - COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020​

On behalf of several environmental organizations and individuals, CELA sought a judicial review in Divisional Court of the statutory decision by two Ontario Cabinet Ministers that denied our clients and other members of the public their legal right to be notified and consulted on environmentally significant legislative amendments contained in Bill 197 (COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020) before they were enacted by the Ontario Legislature on July 21, 2020. These amendments include changes to the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA), the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) and the Planning Act.

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