From coast to coast, Canadians rely upon the federal government to safeguard our health and the environment by enforcing its own laws.

Our livelihoods, communities, and well-being are sustained by the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we inhabit. Whether it is monitoring toxic contamination, preventing oil spills, sustaining fisheries’ resources, or protecting ecosystems and species from extinction, the federal government is responsible for promoting healthy environments and people.

Getting Tough On Environmental Crime?, co-authored by William Amos, Director of the Ecojustice Clinic at the University of Ottawa, is the first comprehensive Ecojustice report to evaluate the federal government’s record on the enforcement of its own environmental laws. Looking back over the past decade, it gives an overview of enforce­ment trends based on publicly accessible information and statistics. The report also provides an analysis of the deficiencies in available enforcement information, breaks down complex data through detailed charts, and makes recommendations as to how the govern­ment can better fulfill its obligation to crack down on environmental violations.