On April 7, 2022, the Government of Canada released the budget for 2022-2023, “A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable.” The budget contains several proposals and updates on federal freshwater programs. Highlights include: clean drinking water for First Nations communities, freshwater protections, and monitoring of plastic waste in water systems.
CELA along with over 52 other groups across Canada signed on to a letter demanding that the federal government eliminate unnecessary single-use plastics by the end of the decade along with eliminating the use of harmful additives and toxic substances used in plastics and make refillable and reusable packaging and containers more affordable and accessible across the country as part of a comprehensive plastic strategy
Blog posted by Peter Hillson, Law intern, Canadian Environmental Law Association
On the eve of World Environment Day, CELA reflects on the status of a number of federal pieces of legislation that are critical to environmental justice in Canada
Today, Minister Yurek announced changes to Ontario’s Blue Box recycling program. Unfortunately, this long-awaited shift of responsibility for Blue Box recycling from municipalities to the businesses who make, use and sell packaging will do little to reduce plastic pollution. Known as “extended producer responsibility,” the announcement signals that the new rules are light on measures to reduce plastics that end up in landfills, incinerators and the natural environment.
Ten Canadian environmental organizations have written to Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson urging Canada to support a Global Plastics Agreement at the UN Environment Assembly in February, 2022.