CELA works to protect human health and our environment by seeking justice for those harmed by pollution and by working to change policies to prevent such problems in the first place. For 40 years, CELA has used legal tools to increase environmental protection and safeguard communities. As a Legal Aid Clinic, our top priority is to represent low income individuals and communities and to speak out for those with less influence and who receive less of a say in decision-making.
Through landmark legal cases CELA has helped shape government and industry approaches to pollution and other environmental threats and has forced polluters to clean up their act. CELA has also been part of shaping innovative collaborations to improve sustainability and human health including the Low Income Energy Network, the Renewable is Doable group, the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment, the Water Guardians Network, and many more.
Please see the Our Services page for more information about whether your case meets our Legal Aid criteria or alternative sources of assistance. Currently, our policy change work is focused on five areas:
$900 Million from Ontario's Cap and Trade Program to Help with Energy Retrofits and Energy Efficiency
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RT @jm_schneider: Great piece about water bottling companies in Ontario, w/ map and search table. t.co/88SewaXW1X
RT @OttawaCitizen: A cleaner river struggles still with threats to its health t.co/N6DPjUaooU #ottnews t.co/PubrdPY1ng
RT @sosgreatlakes: Strong comments were submitted by groups like @CanEnvLawAssn, @GwichinSelfgovt, and @WCELaw, among others. t.co/…
If there are any scientists in the country we want to hear from publicly it's these ones: t.co/DA8s9XvS6t #cnsc #nuclearsafety
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