About EnviroVote Canada

What is EnviroVote.ca?

Climate change and biodiversity loss are two issues – like healthcare or the economy – that affect all Canadians. For the 2019 election we needed a place where the platforms of each party in the Federal election could be easily compared side-by-side to see where they stood on environmental issues, and help voters make an informed choice, whatever their political leanings.


In this post-election phase, we have transitioned to become an accountability platform. We have summarized the environment policy promises of the Trudeau government and will keep track of their progress in meeting these promises on our Home page.


We have tried to make EnviroVote.ca a straightforward, unbiased, and factual resource to help provide this information. If you see an error or an environmental issue that needs updating, please email us at info@envirovote.ca.


Why are you prioritizing the environment?

How important environmental issues are is up to every individual voter. We won’t tell you how to vote. Resources already exist where political stances on the economy and other issues can be easily compared. We have made this website to provide information to fill the gap on the environment.


Where is the Bloc Québécois ?

In making this website, we included federal Parties with at least one seat in Parliament and that run candidates across the country.

What are the sources?

The EnviroVote Canada questions were selected to address the two largest environmental issues: climate change and biodiversity loss. Specifically, the list of questions was compiled based on the authors’ expertise as scientists and from questions posed by a group of Canadian environmental NGOs.

For the accountability page, we used the platform and promises made by the Liberal government.


For the election platforms page, the platforms of the political parties were the sources used by EnviroVote Canada to determine the environmental policies of each party. The only additional source beyond political platforms was the work of Mark Jaccard, a member of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and professor at Simon Fraser University.

Prof. Jaccard's work was used in order to determine whether the proposed climate change plans of each party would meet the Paris targets.


Who is behind EnviroVote.ca?

Isabelle Hurley is a Research Associate in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University.

Derek Tittensor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University.


Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and professor of political science at Texas Tech University.

Ava Sergio is a student in the Department of Marine Biology at Dalhousie University and a Research Assistant in the FOME lab run by Derek. 

Follow us on Twitter at @enviro_vote_ca and Instagram at @enviro_vote_ca.

Photo credits

Climate change - Karsten Würth (@karsten.wuerth) | Oil & Gas - Chris Liverani | Paris Agreement - Felipe Dolce | Climate change governance - Christopher Austin | Carbon pricing - Jordan Whitfield | Transportation - Austin Park | Infrastructure - Silas Baisch | Biodiversity - Abben S | Protected areas - Johny Goerend | Species at risk - Frank Busch | Plastic - Ishan @seefromthesky | All on Unsplash.