What We Do

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) works to protect human health by protecting the planet. We do research, education and advocacy on a number of issues including climate change, air quality, agricultural pesticides (such as neonics and glyphosate), cosmetic pesticides (used on lawns and gardens), active transportation, and green healthcare.

  • We helped win bans for lawn care pesticides in Ontario, Quebec, the Atlantic Provinces and Manitoba.
  • We supported the phase-out of coal-fired power plants in Ontario; the last of which closed in 2014.
  • We helped to win new regulations in Ontario (July 2015) that will dramatically reduce the use of neonic pesticides on soya and corn crops in Ontario; an action that will protect bees, other species in the ecosystem, and food production that is essential to humans.
  • Working through the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), our physician board members won major commitments to take action on climate change. The CMA has divested from fossil fuels and MD Financial Management now offers a fossil-free investment portfolio to CMA members. CMA members have voted to promote the health benefits of carbon pricing, to support an accelerated timeline for phasing out coal-fired power plants across Canada, and to produce educational materials on climate change and health.
  • Working in collaboration with several partners, CAPE has pressed for the phase-out of coal-fired power plants in Alberta; an action which could cut Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 6%, while improving the health of Albertans who live downwind of those plants.
  • We are working with partners in Quebec to gain improvements in pesticides legislation in that province.


Learn more about CAPE’s campaigns:

Lawn Pesticides
Agricultural Pesticides
Electricity (Coal, Renewables, Nuclear)
Oil and Gas Extraction
Climate Change and Health
Transit & Active Transportation
Nature and Health
Green Health Care


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