Who We Are
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.
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 GBC’s co-chairs are Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director of the Canadian Environmental Law Association, and James (Jim) Brennan, Director of Government Affairs for Ducks Unlimited Canada.
ALUS Canada is a national charitable organization that supports the delivery of the ALUS program across the country. ALUS was originally an acronym for “Alternative Land Use Services,” reflecting the concept that farmers and ranchers can use their land in an alternative way to produce ecosystem services that benefit Canadians.
Birds Canada is our country’s leading science-based bird conservation organization. Our mission is to conserve wild birds of Canada through sound science, on-the-ground actions, innovative partnerships, public engagement, and science-based advocacy.
Canadian Environmental Law Association
The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) is a non-profit, public interest organization established in 1970 to use existing laws to protect the environment and to advocate environmental law reforms.
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the protection of our public land and water, and ensuring our parks are managed to protect the nature within them. Our vision is to protect at least half of our public land and water so that future generations can experience Canada’s irreplaceable wilderness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.
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.
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.
Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.
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.
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.
MiningWatch Canada is a pan-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Indigenous and labour organisations from across the country. It addresses the urgent need for a co-ordinated public interest response to the threats to public health, water and air quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and community interests posed by irresponsible mineral policies and practices in Canada and around the world.
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.
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.
Nature United creates solutions for people and nature by building diverse partnerships to protect lands and waters and ensure nature is the foundation of healthy communities, economies and future opportunities.
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.
SeedChange is a non-profit founded in 1945 and rooted in the notions of human dignity and equality. Today, we work with farmers around the world, including Canada, to shift the way we grow our food. By harnessing the power of good seeds, farmer leadership and global solidarity, we help communities thrive.
Sierra Club Canada Foundation
The mission of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation is to be a voice for the earth. We work to protect and preserve the natural environment and to empower people to be stewards of the earth in their communities.
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.
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.
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.
The Green Budget Coalition wishes to acknowledge the generous support of:
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation