Who We Are

Our Mission

The mission of the Green Budget Coalition is to present an analysis of the most pressing issues regarding environmental sustainability in Canada and to make a consolidated annual set of recommendations to the federal government regarding strategic fiscal and budgetary opportunities.

Our Vision

The Government of Canada contributes to securing and maintaining the environmental sustainability of Canada through appropriate investments in environmental programs and through the adoption of appropriate policies related to taxation, pricing and subsidies.


  • To bring together the collective expertise of leading Canadian organizations regarding the important environmental issues facing Canada;
  • To prepare and promote prioritized recommendations annually to the federal government on policies, actions and programs whose implementation would advance environmental sustainability and which could be reflected in the federal budget; and
  • To monitor federal budget decisions and spending estimates and to track GBC recommendations with a view to assessing the likely effect of budgetary and fiscal decisions on the environment and to evaluating the GBC’s impact on fiscal policy and budgetary actions.

The GBC makes its decisions on a consensus basis.

Nature Canada hosts the Green Budget Coalition. The Green Budget Coalition’s current Chair is Jessica McIlroy, Manager, Buildings, Pembina Institute.

The Green Budget Coalition sincerely thanks the below foundations for their generous financial support.

Green Budget Coalition Members

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Alliance of Canadian Land Trusts

The Alliance of Canadian Land Trusts (ACLT)’s vision is protecting nature through the stewardship and conservation of our most vital landscapes in communities across Canada. ACLT supports and empowers land trusts across Canada to be vibrant, unified and effective in advancing land conservation.

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Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is a charitable organization that works to better human health by protecting the planet. We seek to better understand how the environment affects human health and communicate this information to our members and supporters, the public, and policymakers in order to effect change. We support and guide physicians and other healthcare professionals to advocate for healthier environments and ecosystems.

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Canadian Environmental Law Association

Canadian Environmental Law Association (“CELA”) is a public interest law clinic dedicated to environmental equity, justice, and health. Founded in 1970, CELA is one of the oldest advocates for environmental protection in the country. With funding from Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), CELA provides free legal services relating to environmental justice in Ontario, including representing qualifying low-income and vulnerable or disadvantaged communities in litigation. CELA also works on environmental legal education and reform initiatives.

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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only charity dedicated to the protection of public land, freshwater and ocean with a strong national and regional presence across the country. Our vision is that at least half of land, freshwater and ocean in Canada is permanently protected to sustain nature and people for current and future generations.

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Canadian Wildlife Federation

The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s mission is to conserve and inspire the conservation of Canada’s wildlife and habitats for the use and enjoyment of all. CWF engages over 575,000 people and reaches over 2.5 million each year who join us in working from coast to coast to maintain something very important — a bright future for Canada’s wildlife.

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David Suzuki Foundation

The David Suzuki Foundation collaborates with Canadians from all walks of life, including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.

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Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada conserves, restores and manages wetlands and grasslands to benefit waterfowl, wildlife and people. Our goal is to ensure abundant wetlands and waterfowl for generations to come while improving Canadian lives.

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At Ecojustice, we go to court to tackle Canada’s toughest environmental challenges. We achieve legal precedents that keep harmful substances out of the environment, protect wilderness and wildlife and take aim at climate change.

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Ecology Action Centre

The EAC is an environmental charity based in Nova Scotia. We take leadership on critical environmental issues from biodiversity protection to climate change to environmental justice. We catalyze change through policy advocacy, community development and building awareness.

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Équiterre offers concrete solutions to accelerate the transition towards a society in which individuals, organizations and governments make ecological choices that are both healthy and equitable.

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Friends of the Earth Canada

Friends of the Earth Canada (FoE) has grown from a small group of volunteers in 1978 to one of the country’s most important voices speaking out on environmental issues. FoE is a voice for the environment, nationally and internationally, working with others to inspire the renewal of our communities and the earth, through research, education and advocacy.

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Greenpeace Canada

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.

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International Conservation Fund of Canada

ICFC conserves nature in the tropics and other priority areas in 27 countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. ICFC partners with experienced local conservation organizations and communities to protect natural ecosystems and reduce threats.

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IISD’s mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability through innovative research, communication and partnerships. The institute has offices in Canada, Switzerland and the United States, and operates in over 70 countries around the world.

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Nature Canada

Nature Canada is the oldest national nature conservation charity in Canada. Over the past 75 years, Nature Canada has helped protect over 63 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and countless species that depend on this habitat.

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Nature Conservancy Canada

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) protects areas of natural diversity for their intrinsic value and for the benefit of our children and those after them.

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The Pembina Institute

The Pembina Institute is working to solve today’s greatest energy challenges — reducing the harmful impacts of fossil fuels while supporting the transition to an energy system that is clean, safe and sustains a high quality of life. We provide our expertise to industry and government leaders, and we advocate for a strong, science-based approach to policy, regulation, environmental protection and energy development.

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Pollution Probe

Pollution Probe is a Canadian charitable environmental organization founded in September 1969 by University of Toronto students and professors. Over the past 5 decades, Pollution Probe has been at the forefront of progress on a range of environmental issues. Progress on many of these issues took decades of hard work to achieve. We pursue environmental gains by working productively with governments, industry and the public, with a steadfast commitment to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthy Planet. We engage people to nurture and act on areas of consensus. Our niche in the environmental movement lies in our systems approach, which embraces three principal drivers for progress: Technology and Innovation, Rulemaking and Behavioural Change.

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West Coast Environmental Law

West Coast Environmental Law is BC’s legal champion for the environment. Through legal advice, education and advocacy, West Coast provides citizens and organizations with the knowledge, tools and innovative solutions needed to protect our environment and build sustainability locally, nationally and internationally.

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Wildlife Habitat Canada

Wildlife Habitat Canada works to conserve, restore and enhance wildlife habitat in Canada. We fund habitat conservation projects, promote conservation action and foster coordination among conservation groups.

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World Wildlife Fund

For half a century, WWF has worked to protect the future of nature. World Wildlife Fund is Canada’s largest international conservation organization with the active support of more than 150,000 Canadians. Our Mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.


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