Ecojustice Canada BC

Ecojustice is Canada's leading non-profit organization of lawyers and scientists devoted to protecting the environment. Founded in 1990 (as Sierra Legal Defence Fund), it has grown from a team of two to a national organization with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary. Its current areas of focus include water quality and quantity; climate change and air quality; biodiversity; and land use issues.

Ecojustice Canada has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2000.

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Ecojustice has worked to protect pristine places, like Maligne Lake, from commercial development. Photo courtesy of JD Hascup.

Canada's federal Species at Risk Act makes it easier for Ecojustice to protect wildlife by focusing on preserving ecosystems and protecting critical habitat rather than preserving species in isolation. Photo courtesy of Robb Lasdowne.

Ecojustice Canada Grant history


$100,000 - A two-year grant for general support to strengthen legal efforts in British Columbia and Canada. Conservation policy


$100,000 - To build a junior lawyer training program, provide staff management training, conduct strategic planning, and pursue its conservation law efforts. Conservation policy


$40,000 - To enhance litigation expertise and communications outreach. Conservation capacity


$65,000 - A two-year grant to cover organizational development expenses associated with implementing a new strategic planning and some communications and marketing needs. Conservation capacity


$98,000 - A two-year grant to strengthen and enforce existing environmental laws in British Columbia and Canada. Conservation policy


$25,000 - To conduct a communications program review and an organizational re-design process. Conservation capacity


$15,000 - To support strategic planning. Conservation capacity


$50,000 - To protect British Columbia's forest ecosystems and to address the impact of oil and gas production on Northeast British Columbia. Place-based conservation


$15,000 - To conduct a legal analysis of provincial regulation of oil and gas development in B.C. and to investigate oil and gas exploration and drilling activities in northeastern B.C. Place-based conservation


$30,000 - To protect British Columbia's forests through comprehensive legal, scientific and educational strategies, and through the development of Forest Watch of British Columbia, a soon-to-be independent organization focused on grassroots advocacy of sustainable forest management. Place-based conservation


$271,000 - To implement a major gift program. Conservation capacity


$20,000 - To protect the Taku River Tlingit First Nation's recent successful legal challenge to the provincial mining permit for the Tulsequah Chief mine and haul road. Place-based conservation

Ecojustice Canada Successes

Canadian court revokes approval of Trans Mountain Pipeline for Orcas.

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Canadian court revokes approval of Trans Mountain Pipeline for Orcas.

Canada's National Energy Board had approved expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, claiming the acknowledged likely negative impact on critically endangered southern-resident killer whales was beyond it's scope. The national Court of Appeals disagrees, revoking approval of the project, a ruling hailed on both sides of the border by First Nations, U.S. tribes, environmental advocates.

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Northern Gateway oil pipeline project rejected by court

Northern Gateway oil pipeline project rejected by court

The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal has overturned approval of Enbridge's controversial Northern Gateway project after finding that Ottawa failed to properly consult the First Nations affected by the pipeline. This is considered by many to be the final nail in the coffin for Northern Gateway, as it faces increasing on-the-ground opposition and a federal government promise to keep B.C.'s North Coast tanker free.

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Jumbo Glacier Resort in sensitive habitat hits game-changing setback

Jumbo Glacier Resort in sensitive habitat hits game-changing setback

In the Crown of the Continent, after a 24-year struggle, Glacier Resorts' certificate to build a 6,300-bed ski resort in the heart of the Purcells at Jumbo Creek Valley was deemed expired. Longtime Brainerd grantee Wildsight, supported by Ecojustice, worked tirelessly to protect this critical landscape from irresponsible development. (Photo courtesy of Wildsight.)

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