Statement in support of health workers acting to stop the Trans Mountain Expansion

TORONTO, July 28, 2021 – Today, physicians in Victoria, Vancouver, and Seattle, WA, are making it clear that the Trans Mountain Expansion project cannot move forward in the context of a healthy future.

As an organization aligned with health, science, and justice, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is unequivocal about the need for a phase out of fossil fuels. Greenhouse gas emissions must decrease globally and Canada, a high-emitting country, needs to rapidly reduce its emissions. The World Health Organization has declared climate change the greatest health threat of the 21st century; as a physician-directed organization, we are called to urgent action.

In recent weeks, we have seen the impact of an already-changed climate. Wildfire smoke blankets the continent. The heat dome in Western Canada contributed to the deaths of more than 800 people and illness and suffering for many thousands more. This summer has already been a stark example of the risks the climate crisis poses to our health.

“Stubbornly tying ourselves to the Trans Mountain Expansion, destined to be a stranded asset, does not benefit people in Canada. The government would be better focused on the adaptation, emissions reductions, and worker transitions needed to enable everyone to thrive in the coming years,” says Dr. Anjali Helferty, CAPE Executive Director.

As people in Canada are evacuated from their homes and others struggle to breathe, government funds continue to be used every day to build this pipeline. While CAPE does not participate in non-violent direct action, we welcome the actions of physicians drawing attention to the need for immediate cancellation of the Trans Mountain Expansion.


For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

Pamela Daoust

National Communications Director, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

514-267-2589 |