With the trade minister currently preparing her annual statement outlining Ottawa's policy expectations for Export Development Canada, Above Ground has sent her the following letter urging the government to place the highest priority on making this Crown corporation accountable for its global climate impacts.
Letters and Submissions
Canada is the largest public financier of fossil fuels in the G20, funnelling billions of dollars in support every year into an industry that must be wound down to avert severe climate breakdown. In this submission to a parliamentary committee, we call for an immediate, legally binding end to all public financial support for fossil fuels.
Above Ground joins nearly 250 civil society groups from around the world in calling on governments to immediately end all public finance for fossil fuels, including that provided by export credit agencies like Export Development Canada.
In this letter to The Hill Times, Above Ground's director Karen Hamilton argues that Canadian lawmakers should build on global best practice in supply chain legislation and adopt a mandatory human rights due diligence law—and not ineffective reporting legislation such as the proposed Modern Slavery Act.
With Export Development Canada set to announce its new climate targets any day, Above Ground and over one hundred civil society organizations are calling on Ottawa to follow the example set by the United Kingdom and immediately order EDC to align its business with Canada’s climate obligations.
Canada's human rights performance is up for review by the UN Human Rights Committee. The committee should ask Canada to explain how it squares its duty to protect the right to life with its policies favouring expanded fossil fuel production in a world wracked by climate change, we argue in a submission with the Center for International Environmental Law.