Canadian Environment Week

June 1-7, 2014

Protecting Canada's natural environment reaps a world of benefits for Canadians, from strengthening the economy to enhancing health and quality of life. Canadian Environment Week is the perfect time to celebrate our achievements and initiatives.

International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22)

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

World Environment Day (June 5)

Canadian Environment Week is held during the first week of June to coincide with World Environment Day (June 5). 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.

Clean Air Day (June 4)

Clean Air Day (June 4) 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.

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.

World Oceans Day (June 8)

World Oceans Day (June 8) 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.

Rivers to Oceans Week (June 8-14)

Rivers to Oceans Week (June 8-14) 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.

Commuter Challenge (June 1-7)

The Commuter Challenge (June 1-7) 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.

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