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Reports, Case Studies and Backgrounders
May 16, 2024
Importing goods made with forced labour has been prohibited under Canadian law since 2020. However, customs authorities have only once taken enforcement action under this prohibition. In this report we examine flaws in Canada’s enforcement framework and needed reforms, based on analysis from Goldblatt Partners LLP.
April 9, 2024
The Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise is investigating several companies over their alleged ties to the forced labour system reportedly being imposed on ethnic minorities in northwest China. Yet the office still lacks the powers needed to investigate effectively.
April 8, 2024
“You cannot have public money anywhere near this industry anymore.” This was the message delivered to lawmakers by an expert panel examining how Canada is backing relentless expansion of the oil and gas industry, at an event last month on Parliament Hill.
March 7, 2024
Canadian company ReconAfrica is set to ramp up its exploratory drilling in Namibia despite fervent local opposition and parliamentary findings of legal violations. Meanwhile recently released government documents are raising troubling questions about support the company may be receiving from Ottawa.
January 31, 2024
Above Ground, the RRSE and CISO join the growing chorus of voices calling on Ottawa to halt its military exports to Israel. This should be an urgent priority given the scale of the humanitarian emergency in Gaza and serious questions being raised as to whether Israel is committing war crimes.
Reports, Case Studies and Backgrounders
January 22, 2024
This publication provides an overview of claims filed in Canadian courts containing allegations of environmental or human rights abuse overseas linked to the operations of Canadian extractive companies or companies within their corporate group. We examine the outcomes and implications of each case, and the challenges inherent in transnational litigation of this nature.
December 19, 2023
Export Development Canada has joined other export banks in co-founding the Net-Zero Export Credit Agency Alliance. With this, EDC commits to aligning its business with “pathways to net-zero,” but its steadfast support for fossil fuels calls into question the seriousness of its commitment.
November 29, 2023
Above Ground supported a delegation of Indigenous land defenders who visited Ottawa recently to speak with decision makers and the public about their experiences fighting TC Energy pipeline projects in their communities.
November 10, 2023
New investigations are highlighting once again the rampant use of forced labour globally. We’re working with civil society partners to urge immediate action by countries like Canada to halt and prevent this abuse.

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Above Ground strives to ensure that companies based in Canada or supported by the Canadian state respect human rights worldwide. We shed light on companies’ impacts abroad, and we advance solutions for accountability and access to justice in Canada.

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