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).
Eighteen 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, 2019 – October 31, 2020): 12 litigation cases and 6 law reform projects. Of those 12 cases, four were completed, one is in progress, five are in development, one has been discontinued and one is on hold. On the law reform front, five projects are in progress, including pursuit of a new federal Aquaculture Act, a new Endangered Species Act for BC, protection of endangered Pacific salmon under the federal Species at Risk Act, and the banning of single-use plastic products—and plastics containing toxic chemicals like polyvinyl chloride (PVC)—under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
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.
North America’s first law foundation, the Law Foundation of BC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. Starting with a $5,000 grant supporting a single organization, the Law Foundation now supports more than 100 groups in over 50 communities around BC, and has issued grants totaling more than $600 million since 1969—across five mandate areas (legal education, legal research, legal aid, law reform and law libraries). Looking forward to its next 50 years, the Foundation continues to focus on its core vision of “a society where access to justice is protected and advanced.”
Read more about the Law Foundation of BC on their website.
Last updated: November 30, 2020