Law Reform: Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerable Communities

The climate crisis is also a public health and equity crisis.

The impacts of climate change are deeply unfair. Low-income people in Canada are least responsible for the devastating impacts of climate change but most impacted by them.

The resources on this page touch on equity, health, and climate change. Several reports discuss one specific topic and approach the issue with an equity lens. Others contain a model by-law for municipalities to adopt.

On this page, you can also find: (1) a brief that discusses the broad jurisdiction of municipalities to enact by-laws to tackle environmental concerns, (2) a briefing note on heat-related death tracking, and (3) a response to Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy.