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Transnational Lawsuits in Canada against Extractive Companies

January 22, 2024
This publication provides an overview of claims filed in Canadian courts containing allegations of environmental or human rights abuse overseas related to the operations of Canadian extractive companies or companies within their corporate group. We examine the outcomes and implications of each case, as well as the challenges inherent in transnational litigation of this nature.
July 25, 2023
Amidst increasing awareness of Canadian ties to forced labour overseas, Ottawa is being urged to make better use of legal tools to attack the problem. In this brief, we take stock of Canada's existing legislation and policies related to forced labour in international supply chains, and how they are — or aren't — being enforced.
November 3, 2021
In an ecologically fragile region of southern Africa, Calgary-based company Reconnaissance Africa Energy is exploring for oil. The project has sparked alarm around the globe, as environmental groups and community leaders warn of possible threats to critical food and water supplies, local livelihoods and endangered wildlife.
June 21, 2021
Close to 25 million women, men and children are trapped in forced labour around the globe, working under abusive conditions in the factories, fields, and other sites where much of the world’s — and Canada’s — goods are produced.
June 15, 2020
Canada has become the second-largest public financier of fossil fuels in the G20 due to the business carried out by its export bank. New research commissioned by Above Ground and Oil Change International identifies policy and legal reforms needed to reverse the trend and redirect the bank's resources into low-carbon solutions.
February 6, 2020
It’s time to make Canada’s export credit agency transparent and accountable for its impacts on people and the planet.
May 14, 2019
An expert report commissioned by Above Ground confirms that locals near the Morro do Ouro mine are exposed to dangerous concentrations of environmental arsenic.
April 16, 2018
In this report, we examine reforms needed to raise Export Development Canada’s anti-corruption client screening to a more robust standard. The recommendations are informed by leading anti-corruption policies and guidance documents from other export credit agencies, international financial organizations and the private sector.
December 11, 2017
This report by Above Ground and Justiça Global documents human rights abuse tied to the expansion of the Morro do Ouro mine in Brazil by a subsidiary of Kinross Gold, a Canadian company financed by the government of Canada.

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