Apply now for the 2020-2021 GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment!
UPDATE: The application deadline has been extended to midnight (EST) on April 15, 2020
The GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment, with support from the Sustainability Network, offers young leaders (aged 18-30) the chance to gain invaluable training and experience from Canada’s top environmental champions on Parliament Hill. The program runs from September 2020-June 2021 and includes a monthly stipend totalling $25,000.
Federal Election 2019
We’re excited to reveal our much-anticipated list of federal election 2019 endorsements - the candidates running for office from Canada’s major political parties with track records of bold environmental leadership and a real shot at winning their riding.
This list comes after months of outreach and consultation with political parties, supporters, environmental organizations, sustainability experts, members of the public and a wide range of other groups. Let’s work together to help these environmental champions win. Find the candidate that shares your values using our Candidate Matching Tool and learn how you can help get them elected. Or you can check out the full list of endorsed candidates here.
100 Debates on the Environment
Save the date: On October 3rd we're holding non-partisan all-candidates debates in 100 ridings across Canada. From Charlottetown to Penticton to Yellowknife, we’re working with local organizations to host debates in their communities, putting candidates face-to-face with thousands of voters across Canada who want bold, urgent action on the environment. For more information on 100 Debates on the Environment, check out www.100debates.ca.
"Doing the right thing for the environment shouldn’t be a partisan issue. GreenPAC will help to support good people who support conservation in all political parties."
Former Mayor of Toronto and President & CEO of the World Wildlife Fund – Canada
"Canadians want to see our country as an environmental leader. But too often, our elected leaders aren't getting the message. GreenPAC amplifies the voice of the environmental community and ensures that governments act on the environmental values that Canadians broadly share."
BA MES LLD (honoris causa) Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
"In these highly partisan times it is easy to forget that many people of all political persuasions care passionately about the environment. GreenPAC will help those people translate that caring into informed political choices."
Former President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada
"The Canadian public is way ahead of our governments when it comes to environmental protection. GreenPAC is essential to closing this democratic deficit—and forging a sustainable, prosperous future for Canada."
Law professor and Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Ottawa and founder of EcoJustice
"I personally believe that there are good people who care deeply about the environment inhabiting all parts of the political spectrum. GreenPAC, which will help them come forward and run for political office, is long overdue."
President Emeritus, World Wildlife Fund Canada
"Human degradation of nature is this century’s number one challenge yet it barely registers as an electoral issue. By supporting green candidates in all political parties, GreenPAC is a brilliant approach to finally make nature conservation and sustainability relevant in elections."
Executive Director (Interim), Nature Canada
"GreenPAC is helping to overcome the wedge politics that surround green issues in Canada. It promises to open a new chapter in democratic governance, one in which scientific evidence, sound economics and our deeply rooted values in environmental protection converge."
President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development and Canada’s former Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
"Taking on tough environmental challenges like climate change and sustainable energy requires leadership. GreenPAC brings Canadians together to recruit and support that leadership."
one of Canada’s leading lawyers on energy, climate change and clean-tech.
"GreenPAC helps address the pressing need to attract and support candidates, from all parties in Canada, who are committed to tackling our most significant environmental challenges, while building a prosperous economy."
President & CEO, BluEarth Renewables Inc.
"The future of our communities, our cultures and our economies depends on how well we protect our environment. But all too often, political leaders allow themselves to be driven by short-term priorities. GreenPAC helps ensure that leaders who are focused on our long-term future are putting in place the solutions we need."
Forester and Specialist in Ecosystem Planning and Aboriginal Issues
"Canada has an abundance of environmental solutions that create jobs and economic opportunities, but too often, there is a lack of political will to implement them. GreenPAC is what opens up the space for these solutions to see the light of day."
Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada
"Canada needs solutions that are bold, practical and effective enough to address the challenge of climate change while creating prosperity in a rapidly changing economy. Unfortunately, the implementation of these clean energy solutions is often hindered by political considerations. GreenPAC is building political will across the spectrum to accelerate change."
Executive Director, Pembina Institute
"I've always been inspired by EMILY's List — the US organization that backs progressive women running for office. EMILY, refers to the shorthand tip for political success: Early Money is Like Yeast — it makes the dough rise. Along comes GreenPAC making it possible for those with a sense of urgency and commitment to environmental solutions to lead from Parliament. It's about time."
Executive Director, Greenpeace Canada
"Canadians from coast to coast care deeply about protecting our environment. It is crucial that our elected officials are guided by our collective resolve to reduce our carbon impact in the fight against climate change. GreenPAC provides a mechanism to make that happen."
President, Earth Day Canada
"Our country faces a critical choice: We can move toward the global emerging clean-energy economy, or we can choose a status-quo energy system that puts our global environment at risk. Renewable energy is already affordable and market-ready, so which path we choose will depend on one thing: Leadership. GreenPAC is our best opportunity to fill the leadership gap in Canada."
President & CEO – Canadian Solar Industries Association