Communities devastated by the Hidroituango dam in Colombia continue to seek accountability from the Canadian government, which financed the project in 2016 through its export bank. In this letter to Canada's international trade minister, Above Ground and Amnesty International call on the government to ensure that the bank makes appropriate reparations and no longer supports such damaging projects.
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.
Eight claims containing allegations of environmental or human rights abuse related to the overseas operations of Canadian extractive companies have been filed in Canadian courts. This document provides a summary of these eight lawsuits, their implications, and the challenges presented by transnational lawsuits of this nature.
Academics and researchers including Above Ground staff urge the prime minister to abandon plans to bail out oil and gas firms, and instead align Canada's economic recovery with its climate commitments.
While other public institutions pull out of fossil fuels, Canada's export credit agency continues to heavily support oil companies vying to expand production in one of the world's most emissions-intensive oil fields.
Warnings of corruption and social and environmental harm accompanied the Hidroituango venture from its earliest days. Yet Canada’s export credit agency helped make the project happen, with a $466-million loan to EPM, the company developing the dam.