Outreach is central to Sustainable Canada Dialogues. Apart from the use of traditional and social media, we engage outside of our universities in two ways: sharing the knowledge synthesized by experts; and becoming an actor in the important debate on Canada's future development.

Full list of SCD publications available here.

Full list of SCD media coverage available here.

Quick Access to Subsections

1) Federal Election 2019: Op-Ed in The Conversation

2) Open Letters to Decision-Makers 

3) A Closer Look: Documents used to build Re-Energizing Canada: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Future 

4) 2016 Federal Progress Report

5) e-Dialogues: The Climate Imperative Series

6) Alternatives Journal: Canada's Map to Sustainability

7) Federal Elections Campaign Political Platform Assessment 

8) Visioning Sessions

9) Other Climate Action Plans 


Jason MacLean and Catherine Potvin, along with 49 signatories from Sustainable Canada Dialogues, wrote an op-ed in The Conversation on the 2019 Federal Election. The scholars argue for three climate policy priorities: (1) understanding costs, including pricing carbon, eliminating fossil fuel subsidies and investing in the zero-carbon transition, (2) a just transition that doesn't exacerbate existing disadvantages or create new inequalities, and (3) co-benefits of acting on climate change, including to our health and safety. In making their choice on election day, Canadians should vote for the party most likely to invest in innovative and inclusive climate policies in the days after the polls close.

Signatories: Sally Aitken (University of British Columbia); François Anctil (Université Laval); Nathalie Bleau (Ouranos); Benoit Boulet (McGill University); Steven Bernstein (University of Toronto); Sarah Burch (University of Waterloo); James Byrne (University of Lethbridge); John Calvert (Simon Fraser University); Irena Creed (University of Saskatchewan); Ann Dale (Royal Roads University); Bruno Dyck (University of Manitoba); Martin Entz (University of Manitoba); Jose Etcheverry (York University); Adam Fenech (University of Prince Edward Island); Lauchlan Fraser (Thompson Rivers University); Matthew Hoffman (University of Toronto); Christina Hoicka (York University); Gordon Huang (University of Regina); Maya Jegen (l'Université du Québec à Montréal); Sébastien Jodoin (McGill University); Alison Kemper (Ryerson University); Stephen Larter (University of Calgary); Jean Leclair (Université de Montréal); Marc Lucotte (l'Université du Québec à Montréal); Roxane Maranger (Université de Montréal); Liat Margolis (University of Toronto); Damon Matthews (Concordia University); Patrick McCurdy (University of Ottawa); Christian Messier (l'Université du Québec à Montréal); Martin Mkandawire (Cape Breton University); Catherine Morency (Polytechnique Montréal); Val Napoleon (University of Victoria); Ken Oakes (Cape Breton University); Sarah Otto (University of British Columbia); Taysha Palmer; Dominique Paquin (Ouranos); André Potvin (Université Laval); Howard Ramos (Dalhousie University); Nicholas Rivers (University of Ottawa); John Robinson (University of Toronto); Perry Sadorsky (York University); Stephen Sheppard (University of British Columbia); Suzanne Simard (University of British Columbia); Brent Sinclair (Western University); Mark Stoddart (Memorial University); Hugo Tremblay (Université de Montréal); Claude Villeneuve (l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi); Yvonne Vizina (Sustainability and Education Policy Network); Bradley Walters (Mount Allison University); and Tarah Wright (Dalhousie University).

  • As the federal government will develop a stimulus package post-COVID-pandemic, our scholars pen an open letter to PM Trudeau on key principles to guide investments that can future-proof our economies against climate catastrophe.

        Read the Open Letter to PM Trudeau on a Post-COVID Stimulus Package

  • Sustainable Canada Dialogues scholars submitted a response to the 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

           Read the Response to the 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

  • Sustainable Canada Dialogues scholars in Quebec submitted a brief to the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement about the Energy East Project. The scholars oppose the project due to the major risks to the environment, health and sustainable development it represents in the context of climate change.

           Read the Energy East Project Brief submitted to Quebec's BAPE

  • Sustainable Canada Dialogues scholars wrote an open letter to the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, the Premiers of the Provinces, Indigenous Leaders and the People of Canada, in advance of the First Ministers' Meeting to discuss a climate action plan on March 3, 2016. The scholars call for a plan that limits investment in pipelines and oil extraction and invests instead in clean technologies.

           Read the Letter to Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Premiers, Indigenous Leaders and People of Canada

  • Sustainable Canada Dialogues scholars penned an open letter to the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, with recommendations for Canada's way forward to the Paris 2015 Climate Conference.
         Read the Letter to Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau 
  • The scholars wrote to the Premiers in advance of the Premiers' Summit on Climate Change in Quebec in April 2015. 
         Read the Letter to the Premiers 
  • In April 2015, the Ontario-based scholars wrote to Premier Kathleen Wynne of Ontario, in response to the province's introduction of carbon pricing. 
         Read the Letter to Premier Wynne 
  • Expanding on the conclusions coming out of a workshop initiated by Sustainable Canada Dialogues, scholars from New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Quebec and Ontario produced a white paper identifying key goals and priorities for action on energy from the perspective of Eastern Canada.

         Read the White Paper 

           "Opinion: The time is ripe for a common Eastern Canadian energy strategy" by Normand Mousseau

3) A Closer Look: Documents we used to build Re-Energizing Canada: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Future 

In addition to the following documents, scholarly articles were also used in the production of Re-Energizing Canada. 

Low-Carbon Energy Pathway Modeling Studies

Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Canada Project 2015

Council of Canadian Academies 2015. Technology and Policy Options for a Low-Emission Energy System in Canada

Trottier Energy Futures Project 2016. Canada’s Challenge & Opportunity: Transformations for Major Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Energy & Materials Research Group 2016. Is win-win possible? Can Canada’s government achieve its Paris commitment... and get re-elected?

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s 2016.  Mid-Century Long-Term Low-Greenhouse Gas Development Strategy

Government Reports

Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change 2016

National Inventory Report 1990-2014: Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks in Canada

Energy Markets Fact Book 2016–2017

Office of Energy Efficiency 2016. Energy Efficiency Trends in Canada 1990–2013

Canadian Energy Strategy 2015

Provincial Energy Plans 

Alberta Business Plan 2016–2019: Energy

The BC Energy Plan 2007

Manitoba’s Clean Energy Strategy 2012

The New Brunswick Energy Blueprint 2011

Newfoundland and Labrador Energy Plan 2007

Newfoundland and Labrador Energy Plan Progress Report 2015

Northwest Territories Energy Action Plan 2013

Nova Scotia’s Electricity Plan 2015–2040

IKUMMATIIT: The Government of Nunavut Energy Strategy 2007

Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan 2013

Prince Edward Island 2016 Provincial Energy Strategy Second Draft

Quebec: The 2030 Energy Policy

Energy Strategy For Yukon 2009


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014 Summary for Policymakers

International Energy Agency World Energy Outlook 2016

International Energy Agency 2015. Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Canada 

National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy 2011. Paying the price: The economic impacts of climate change in Canada

Bataille, C. 2016. Review of Canadian Deep GHG Emission Reduction Studies: Some Near-Term Lessons for Stakeholders and Policy Makers


Canada Energy Systems Analysis Research 

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Sustainable Canada Dialogues produced a progress report on Canada’s climate actions over 2016. The scholars analysed climate decisions made in Ottawa in 2016 in relation to the 10 policy orientations that they proposed in our position paper, Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars. Learn more here


The Climate Imperative e-Dialogues series brings together Sustainable Canada Dialogues scholars to delve deeper into the solutions for moving toward a low-carbon economy. We have tackled four critical questions; read the full transcripts of our scholars' e-Dialogues below: 

Canada Votes, Oct 30th  

Canadian Voices, June 9th 

The Provincial Context, May 26th 

The Art of the Possible, May 19th  


Published March 2015

"Canada is on the cusp of embracing and implementing sustainability, and this issue is our map to getting there. In the most important issue that A\J has published in our 44-year history, we team up with leading Canadian scholars to chart our country’s path toward a sustainable future. This special issue of A\J is a collaboration with Sustainable Canada Dialogues/Dialogues pour un Canada vert (SCD), a group of over 60 scholars who have identified sustainable solutions in each of their specialized fields." 

Canada's Map to Sustainability  

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Sustainable Canada Dialogues examined each of the party platforms from the point of view of the 10 key policy orientations we proposed last spring in our consensus paper, Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars.

This analysis is a “snapshot in time.” It is based solely on information publically available on each of the official party websites, including news and backgrounders, up to October 5th, 2015. It shows which of our climate policy orientations or actions have already caught the parties' attention and identify others still needing advocacy. We acknowledge that parties may present valuable measures that fell outside the scope of this exercise.

Click the links below to view the assessment, and its associated op-ed and background sources. 

Platform assessment


Background sources

Liberal Party Response and Further Readings Supplied  
The NDP released its full platform on October 11th, 2015. It may contain additional information on climate change. 


Through the use of visioning techniques, SCD encourages discourse with a wide range of stakeholders in Canada, helping them to articulate their hopes for the future, and to verify that our proposed solutions to sustainability coincide with the desires of Canadians. We conducted daylong visioning sessions with stakeholders in Canmore (Alberta), Goose Bay (Labrador), Kamloops (BC), Montreal (QC) and Prince George (BC) between May and November 2014.


Read the provincial and other national Climate Action Plans

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Artist Marie-Louise Gay created this piece of artwork for the Sustainable Canada Dialogues to illustrate the future within our reach if we act on climate change.