For the past two years, people across Canada have been calling on the federal government to make good on its promise to limit and reduce the oil and gas industry’s greenhouse gas emissions. With record-breaking temperatures and growing threats to our health and environment, Canada’s climate ambition depends on a strong oil and gas emissions cap. 

In December, during COP28, the federal government released the framework on the oil and gas emissions cap.  The framework provided an overview on how the federal government aims to limit and reduce oil and gas pollution. While a positive step, the rules are still too weak.

We need to tell the federal government to make sure the emissions cap is timely, ambitious in its goals, and free of loopholes that oil and gas companies can exploit. Help strengthen this important policy and hold Big Oil accountable for its pollution. To ensure a strong emissions cap, we are calling for the regulation to:

  1. Not be delayed and to be in force by 2025. This means the federal government must release draft regulations this summer, at the latest. 
  2. Ramp up the ambition to reduce emissions with a goal that is in line with Canada’s ambition for the whole economy, which is at least a 40-45 % reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, from 2005 levels, by 2030. 
  3. Remove all loopholes allowing the oil and gas industry to bypass their responsibility to reduce pollution. The emissions cap must ensure real emissions reductions are coming from the fossil fuel industry.

Tell the federal government to get it right and draft an emissions cap regulation that limits and reduces oil and gas emissions at a scale needed to fight climate change.

Your message will be sent to Environment and Climate Change Canada, your local MP, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Environment and Climate Change,  Hon. Steven Guilbeault, and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson.


Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian environmental advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

Sign your name to demand action now for a greener tomorrow. 

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