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February 8, 2024
Everyone should have a healthy, clean, and sustainable environment. For the first time ever, the Government of Canada recognizes that every individual in Canada has a right to a healthy environment under the modernized Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).
Today, the Government of Canada begins its public consultation on the development of a right to a healthy environment implementation framework under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The Government is also engaging Canadians on environmental justice and racism to address the fact that certain communities have been disproportionately affected by environmental hazards, like pollution, toxic waste, landfills, and dumps.
These initiatives will explore various aspects of environmental equity, including:
The public is invited to visit the Advancing Environmental Equity online platform to learn more and to take part in these initiatives. Comments on the right to a healthy environment will be accepted until April 8. The input received will inform the development of a right to a healthy environment implementation framework under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to be published by June 2025, and the development of a national strategy to assess, prevent, and address environmental racism and to advance environmental justice.
“Environmental protection should not change depending on who you are or where you live—we should ensure the health of all communities. Decision-making should ensure equal opportunity to all and avoid discriminating underrepresented groups. This national engagement will help us meaningfully and collectively reflect on environmental justice and racism. I am looking forward to advancing together toward a healthy, clean, and sustainable environment, for the well-being of Canadians and of future generations.”
– The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“Developing a framework to set out how the right to a healthy environment for all people in Canada will be considered under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act will have great impacts on generations to come. Launching consultations is a crucial step to build a framework that will incorporate important feedback from people with diverse perspectives and experiences. Health Canada looks forward to continuing to prioritize actions to promote a healthy environment.”
– The Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health
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