Oil and gas companies are lobbying the government for your tax money

Oil and gas companies are wealthy, multi-billion dollar businesses with big lobbying power. And despite big earnings, they use their influence to extract tax breaks and handouts from the Canadian government. These payouts are called fossil fuel subsidies, and they make it less expensive for industry to pollute, and leave less money for public goods like education, health care, and clean drinking water. In fact, in our latest report, we were able to track nearly $18 billion in subsidies and support in 2020.

But it doesn’t end there. Crown corporations like Export Development Canada are also financing destructive projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and the Coastal Gaslink pipeline - which means our tax dollars are on the line for projects that violate the treaty rights of Indigenous Peoples, risk toxic spills, and threaten endangered species habitat.

Spending public money to prop up oil and gas companies also leads to increased emissions, distracts from our need to invest in renewable energy sources, and goes against Canada’s promise to fight climate change.  

There’s no two ways about it: the Canadian government has to stand up to the oil and gas industry and end fossil fuel subsidies. Take action today and tell the federal government to stop using our tax dollars to finance pollution, environmental destruction, and injustice.

Your message will be sent to Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate change, Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resource, François-Philippe Champagne Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, 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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