No more big polluter handouts -- Canada needs a Green Recovery!

  • by: Environmental Defence
  • recipient: Minister of Finance; Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs; Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry

The federal government is about to give the Canadian economy a multi- billion-dollar kick-start in an effort to recover from the COVID-19 health crisis. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to invest in a Green Recovery - a sustainable stimulus package focused on increasing employment and helping Canada transition to a cleaner and more equitable economy. 

But some of Canada's biggest polluters, like oil, gas and petrochemical companies, are pushing hard for the federal government to funnel recovery spending into their pockets instead. The proof? In the last two months, the oil and gas lobby has had more meetings with government officials than any other industry. 

Oil, gas and petrochemical companies are powerful, and they will try everything they can to dominate recovery spending. But the health crisis has taught us a valuable lesson - when we act together, we can overcome even the largest of obstacles. 

This is urgent. Tell the federal government that you do not want billions and billions of dollars handed over to big polluters that will compromise our environment and accelerate climate change. Instead, demand that they invest in a Green Recovery, capable of shifting Canada towards a stronger, equitable, and more sustainable society.

To whom it may concern: 

As we prepare for a post-covid future, we know that returning to normal is not an option. More is needed to ensure a safe, equitable, and sustainable future for Canadians. 


We can't allow this crisis to make us blind to other massive challenges that we faced before this crisis began and will still exist after it's over: fighting climate change, ending plastic pollution, keeping our water clean, and removing toxic chemicals from the products we use. As your planning turns to long-term recovery and resilience, I urge you to consider investing in a green recovery for Canada. 


A green recovery for Canada means above all, investing in a society that places people's health and the well-being of natural ecosystems that sustain all species, above corporate profits. That means that any investments made cannot set environmental progress back, undermine environmental justice, or be incompatible with Canada's environmental commitments. 




A green recovery for Canada means investing in:





  • A just transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy

  • The protection and restoration of land, freshwater, and ocean ecosystems along with the wildlife that call these places home

  • An end to the use of single-use plastics, and the growth of a circular economy

  • The replacement of toxic chemicals used in agricultural, consumer goods and manufacturing with safer alternatives 

  • The development of accessible, affordable and healthy communities and transportation networks

  • A future that prioritizes social and racial justice, economic equity and well-being, built in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and the communities most exposed to environmental harm


Investments in the Canadian economy cannot be at odds with our collective commitment to tackle climate change, fight plastic pollution, and protect clean water and nature. With the right investments, we can build an economy and society that are stronger and more resilient than before the crisis began.

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