The Law Foundation of British Columbia

We gratefully acknowledge the Law Foundation of British Columbia’s generous support for the Ecojustice BC Litigation Program through the Foundation’s continuing program grant of $190,000 per year. The purpose of our BC Litigation Program is to use strategic litigation and law reform to enforce and strengthen BC’s environmental laws and regulations (and Canada’s, when the environmental and legal issues raised are strategically important and have national implications that include BC).

Thirty BC Litigation Program initiatives were pursued by Ecojustice lawyers and scientists with the Law Foundation’s financial support in the past fiscal year (November 1, 2018 – October 31, 2019): 23 litigation cases and 7 law reform projects. Of those 23 litigation cases, seven were completed, four are in progress, seven are in development, and court or review panel decisions are pending in three others. On the law reform front, two projects were completed (revitalization of the BC Environmental Assessment Act and passage of BC’s anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuits against public participation) law, the Protection of Public Participation Act), and four are in progress.

The Law Foundation’s annual continuing program grant bolsters our organization’s financial stability, and our ability to execute Ecojustice’s mission: to defend nature, combat climate change, and fight for a healthy environment for all.”

Established in 1969, the Law Foundation of BC was Canada’s (and North America’s) first law foundation. From 1971 to 1986, law foundations were formed in all other Canadian jurisdictions, all by statute, all with significant support from the legal profession. The principal source of law foundations’ revenue is interest earned on lawyers’ pooled trust accounts. Over $1 billion ($400 million in BC) has been granted by Canadian law foundations since their inception in their mandated areas of legal aid, legal education, legal research, law reform and law libraries.

Read more about the Law Foundation of BC on their website.

Last updated: December 17, 2019

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