A Climate Accountability Law for a Safe and Brighter Future

Climate accountability, climate change, Canadian climate accountability
West Coast Environmental Law Association
Climate Action Network Canada

Brief to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on how to strengthen Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act

In November 2020, the federal government introduced new legislation to help ensure that Canada meets its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. While Bill C-12 is a tentative step in the right direction, the legislation as initially drafted is too weak to ensure Canada achieves its climate goals.

Drawing upon our earlier report, A New Canadian Climate Accountability Act, this brief identifies the key elements of climate accountability laws and suggests how they can be met within the structures and approach taken by Bill C-12. In each case we explain why the element is important and what amendments are required to achieve accountability.

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