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CEPA needs a 21st-century makeover now

Urge the federal government to table reforms - including legal recognition of your right to a healthy environment - to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) as soon as possible.

CEPA is Canada’s cornerstone environmental law. It keeps us safe from toxic substances and regulates the release of pollution and the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products – a primary source of Canadians’ daily exposure to toxics.

But it’s been more than 20 years since this law was last updated, and it is showing its age. It is no longer up to the task of protecting Canadians from toxic substances and pollution, especially those in vulnerable situations who have faced the worst impacts of COVID-19. Toxic substances can also impact the effectiveness of vaccines.

We need a 21st-century law to keep us, our families, and our communities safe from 21st-century threats.  

The federal government has recommitted to modernizing the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), but we need them to act with urgency. Updating the law that protects public health from environmental pollution must be a priority as Canada continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and begins to roll out a vaccine. 

Call on the federal government to introduce a modernized CEPA that recognizes your right to a healthy environment as soon as possible. 


The UN Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes recently published a report that highlights Canada’s ongoing failure to protect Indigenous and racialized communities — some of the same communities that have been most impacted by COVID-19 — from the worst effects of pollution. The report explicitly calls for Canada to legislate the right to a healthy environment.


Call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and key ministers to modernize CEPA as soon as possible.

Please send your letter today.

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