Youth vs Canada

ENvironnement JEUnesse is suing the Canadian government on behalf of young people and a safe climate

On 6 June 2019, ENvironnement JEUnesse presents a climate lawsuit against the Canadian government at the Superior Court of Quebec on behalf of Quebeckers aged 35 and under. ENvironnement JEUnesse is represented pro bono by the firm Trudel Johnston & Lespérance.

A Lawsuit to Protect the Rights of An Entire Generation

On November 26th, 2018, ENvironnement JEUnesse applied to bring a class action against the Canadian government before the Superior Court of Québec. We allege that the Canadian government is infringing on a generation’s fundamental rights because its greenhouse gas reduction targets are not ambitious enough to avoid dangerous climate change and it doesn’t even have a plan that would allow it to reach this inadequate target.

What Do We Want?

ENvironnement JEUnesse is asking the Court to order the Government of Canada to implement a target and the measures necessary to respect the fundamental rights of Québec young people, and to pay an amount equivalent to $100 per member of the class action. In total, the fund would invest $340 million in the implementation of measures to address the climate crisis.

Overview

  • 26 November 2018: Filing of an application for authorization to bring a class action against the Canadian government
  • 6 June 2019: Hearing before the Superior Court of Québec to present ENvironnement JEUnesse’s application for authorization
  • Next: Decision from Superior Court of Québec’s Judge Gary D.D. Morrison

A Global Movement

Several similar proceedings have been started around the world, notably in the Netherlands, where the government was forced to adopt a concrete plan to reach its climate target. The Dutch government is legally bound to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020 compared to 1990 levels.

Similar legal actions are ongoing in the United States, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland and Colombia.