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Canada: Real climate action means no more missed emissions reduction targets!

Despite Canada’s reputation as a leader in the fight against climate change, we’ve missed every climate target ever set. And instead of decreasing over time, Canada’s emissions have only grown. With less than a decade left to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we can’t afford to keep underperforming on our climate commitments.

Thankfully, the federal government recently tabled the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act (Bill C-12) — which would hold governments accountable for failing to deliver on emissions reductions. But there are key elements missing from the legislation, and without them, Bill C-12 will fail to do the important job it’s meant to.

To be effective, Bill C-12 needs improvements that:

  • Set strong, science-based, legally-binding targets starting in 2025 that hold federal governments accountable in both the short and long-term
  • Ensure that the targets reflect Canada’s fair contribution to fighting climate change, as one of the world’s wealthiest nations and top greenhouse gas emitter
  • Make sure that government works with provinces, industry, and First Nations to develop and implement the plans that will achieve climate targets
  • Put scientific advice at the centre of target-setting, planning, and the evaluation of the government’s progress on reaching climate targets

The climate crisis is looming, and we can’t afford to let weak legislation pass.

Tell the federal government to strengthen Bill C-12.

Your letter will be sent to: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Official Leaders of the Opposition, and your local MP. 


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.


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