The Clearwater River in Canada's Boreal Forest, looking north to Saskatchewan.
Gord McKenna

Unparalleled national treasures stretch across the distant reaches of Canada, from the Boreal Forest (which covers half of the country's lands) to the Yukon (where you'll find more moose than people). Yet Canada also produces the dirtiest fuel on earth, and tar sands extraction threatens the habitat for as many as 160 million migratory birds.

The country's energy and land-use decisions have major implications for its future, as well as for its neighbors in the United States and the climate of the entire planet. Which is why for more than two decades, NRDC has helped protect Canada's landscapes and shape its conservation choices, from Quebec’s James Bay to British Columbia’s Clayoquot Sound.

Some of our accomplishments:

  • NRDC experts have gained a reputation for credible research that has earned us a place in the federal regulatory process, shaping decisions on issues such as oil pipeline proposals and deep-sea drilling. We have established trusted partnerships with many First Nations, community groups, and government agencies, making us one of the few environmental organizations that can convene key stakeholders on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border.
  • As one of the first organizations to call international attention to the destructive power of Alberta’s tar sands, NRDC has led a coalition that opposed the Northern Gateway pipeline that would run from Alberta to British Columbia and urged the White House to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • We're working to expand trade in clean energy and take advantage of Canada's enormous potential; identify ways that Canada's provinces can provide states with the clean energy supplies needed to meet carbon-reduction targets; and make the air cleaner and healthier on both sides of the border.