Programs

Sierra Club Canada Foundation operates programs that reflect the ongoing concerns and priorities of our members and supporters.

This Bill Cannot Stand. Rescue The New Impact Assessment Act Before It's Too Late.

In spite of what has been referred to as a "flood" of evidence from fishing organizations, indigenous leaders, and environmental groups, the Senate has voted down an amendment to fix the new Impact Assessment Act, Bill C-69.

The amendment proposed by Senator Cordy in response to overwhelming criticism of the Bill from Atlantic Canadians, would have prevented offshore boards from chairing assessment panels that will determine where, when, and if oil drilling will go ahead in Canada's Atlantic waters.

Join Ethan Hawke - Help Save Right Whales and Save Our Gulf!

The sound of whales singing is magical – but it is being drowned out by seismic blasting in the search for oil and gas. This can be devastating because whales use sound the way we use sight. Drowning out their sound is like blinding humans with light.

With only an estimated 411 right whales left, this is an environmental emergency.

That's why we are so pleased to have Ethan Hawke add his voice for whales and the precious Gulf of St. Lawrence.

McKenna Committs To Tougher Climate Targets - Let's Keep Them To Their Word - COP24

Your message is getting through!

After this fall's devastating IPPC report, which showed that unprecedented climate action is needed for a liveable planet, you called on the federal government to up its game on climate change.

Today, on her way to UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna committed to tougher climate targets for Canada as part of Canada's Paris Agreement pledge, which comes into effect in 2020.

Oil Spill off Newfoundland Needs Arms-length Investigation

Four days after the largest oil spill in Newfoundland's offshore oil industry, there is still no way for regulators or industry to contain the spill. It took three days for it to be safe to launch an undersea device to estimate its impacts. We need to do better. 

The spill occurred one day after record-breaking waves shook the coast of Newfoundland. Despite the high seas, Husky Energy attempted to start-up drilling, even though waves measured seven metres high or 22 feet.

Take Action Today - Demand Rapid Phase Out Of Harmful Pesticides

Sierra Club Canada Foundation welcomed Health Canada’s ban of two dangerous neonicotinoid pesticides, announced in August 2018, but we seek a process that allows for a more rapid phase-out than the proposed three to five-year timeline.

After years of research and policy discussion, Health Canada is still allowing use of these pesticides outdoors for another 3 to 5 years. Meanwhile, bee species are in rapid decline.

Charities Law - Take Action!

freedom of speechLast month the government announced, to our disappointment, that it would be appealing the Superior Court of Justice’s decision in Canada Without Poverty v Canada. This decision had declared the restrictions on non-partisan political activities of charities to be a violation of free expression contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.