Who we are
Ecojustice is a national charitable organization dedicated to defending Canadians' right to a healthy environment. Our lawyers and scientists set legal precedents and strengthen environmental laws that protect and restore the environment, both today and for the future.
We are an independent organization and 100 percent of our funding is provided by our generous donors. Standing together with thousands of dedicated supporters, Ecojustice is winning victories that make a lasting difference for our communities and our environment.
We come from a variety of backgrounds, yet share one common goal: To ensure the long-term protection and health of our rich and diverse environment.
What we do
Ecojustice provides legal services free-of-charge to charities and citizens on the front lines of the environmental movement, helping ensure equitable access to environmental justice nationwide. We advocate for effective laws, use the courts to make sure they are implemented and enforced, and give a voice to Canadians in decisions that affect the air, water and land we all depend on.
Ecojustice holds governments and corporations accountable to nature. Going to court is never a sure thing. It is expensive, time-consuming and the outcome uncertain. Litigation is a final and powerful option when all other alternatives have been exhausted.
Our work also extends outside the courtroom. For more than two decades, Ecojustice outreach campaigns, workshops, investigations and reports have strengthened the work of conservationists in Canada and abroad.
Founded in 1990 as Sierra Legal Defence Fund, Ecojustice has grown from a team of two in Vancouver to a national force that now includes staff lawyers and scientists in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary.
This growth has been fueled by a proven record of success: Landmark court victories and policy advocacy that informs and influences all levels of governments – municipal, provincial, federal and international.
After nearly 17 years of fighting for environmental justice, Sierra Legal officially changed its name to Ecojustice Canada in September 2007.
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