Written by Preetika Preetika, Staff Writer
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) Enforcement Branch is responsible for Canada’s environmental and wildlife legislation. In 2023, ECCC implemented enforcement actions, leading to significant fines and penalties for a range of environmental infractions. Below is an overview of the most significant federal environmental fines and penalties in 2023, focusing on the five greatest fines and the provinces where these violations took place.
Top 5 Federal Environmental Fines in 2023
|Canadian Kraft Paper Industries Limited
|Unlawful deposit of effluent
|Peace River Hydro Partners
|Contaminated drainage water
|Arctic Pearl Ice and Cold Storage Ltd.
|Plastique Royal inc.
|Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.
|Fisheries Act violation
The severity of environmental violations is reflected in the fines and penalties imposed in 2023, which demonstrate the government’s dedication to the protection of species and the preservation of ecosystems. Prominent instances, including the penalties levied against Peace River Hydro Partners and Canadian Kraft Paper Industries Limited for effluent discharge and contaminated drainage water, respectively, serve as illustrations of the government’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
Provinces with Top Environmental Offenses in 2023
|NUMBER OF OFFENSES
The federal government enforcement actions are implemented with a twofold objective: firstly, to deter subsequent violations; and secondly, to cultivate an environment that promotes responsibility and accountability among both individuals and organizations. The financial resources derived from fines and penalties are of critical importance in backing up environmental conservation endeavors, underscoring the significance of adhering to environmental legislation and conducting oneself ethically across Canada.