Canadian Environment Week

May 31 - June 6, 2015

Below are some key events that are celebrated on or around Canadian Environment Week:

  • May


    International Day for Biological Diversity
    The United Nations proclaimed May 22 to be the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

  • June

    May 31 - June 6

    Commuter Challenge
    The Commuter Challenge is a nation-wide event that promotes friendly competition among organizations and cities to see who can get the highest percentage of employees out of single occupancy vehicles and into healthier and cleaner modes of commuting such as walking, cycling, transit, carpooling, vanpooling and teleworking.

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    For more information on Government of Canada environmental initiatives, visit our ecoACTION website at:

  • June


    Clean Air Day
    Clean Air Day raises awareness and encourages action on clean air and climate change issues. Canadians can show their commitment by participating in activities that contribute to cleaner air, healthier communities and a better quality of life for all.

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    The transportation sector is a major contributor of air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. For Clean Air Day, why not renew or begin a commitment to sustainable transportation? When you use public transit, cycle, walk and rollerblade, you can reduce your personal emissions, save money used on fuel, contribute to your personal health and much more.

    Before you leave home on Clean Air Day and every other day, monitor your local air quality with the Air Quality Health index (AQHI)!

    Learn about how Environment Canada is a world leader in clean air science research. This important work is part of our mission to better understand air pollution, its levels, causes and sources, to keep Canadians informed about the air we breathe every day.

  • June


    World Environment Day
    Canadian Environment Week is held during the first week of June to coincide with World Environment Day. This special day was designated by the United Nations in 1972 to stimulate action on the environment and empower people from every corner of the globe to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development.

  • June


    World Oceans Day
    World Oceans Day is a time to remember the critical role of oceans worldwide. This international celebration has grown from a ripple into a tidal wave of awareness about the importance of our oceans.

  • June


    Rivers to Oceans Week
    Rivers to Oceans Week is an opportunity to work together to create an understanding of Canada's watersheds, our connection to fresh- and salt-water environments and what everyone can do to protect and keep watersheds healthy for people and wildlife.

Did You Know?

  • What are the origins of Canadian Environment Week?

    Tom Goode, a Member of Parliament from British Columbia, introduced a bill to designate a week dedicated to the environment. The bill was passed and given Royal Assent in March 1971 with the name "Canadian National Environment Week" being chosen.

  • When boating, what areas of water should be avoided?

    Shallow areas are critical habitats for spawning fish, aquatic plants and aquatic invertebrates. Boating stirs up bottom sediment with propellers. It is best to keep personal watercrafts out of shallow water.

  • What ingredient in every day cleaning products pollutes our precious bodies of water?

    When household cleaners containing phosphates get into rivers and lakes, they cause algae blooms on the surface, robbing the water of oxygen and ultimately killing aquatic life.

  • Why use cedar chips instead of moth balls?

    There are chemicals in mothballs that can harm animals, our environment and us if used incorrectly. Use cedar chips instead. They give off a more pleasing scent, are natural and are better for the environment.

  • Why use a non-electric lawn mower instead of a gas powered one?

    Running your gas powered lawnmower for 1 hour is equal to driving a new car between 320 and 480 kilometres.

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