British Columbia


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  Last Updated:  

August 1, 2020

Current majority government:

Premier: John Horgan, New Democratic Party

Number of Members of Legislative Assembly in BC: 87 

  • New Democratic Party: 57 

  • Liberal: 28 

  • Green Party: 2 

Find your Member of the Legislative Assembly here: (2)

Environmental stance of majority party:

The B.C. NDP is focused on reducing climate pollution while simultaneously creating more jobs and economic opportunities for people, businesses and communities. Their main goals are to move towards clean energy and low carbon solutions. (4)

Percentage of 2020/2021 budget estimated to be allocated to the environment:

Total budget: $60.1 billion 

Total allocated to the Environment: $245 million 

Percentage: 0.408% (5)

Main provincial-level legislation for environment protection:

Climate Change Accountability Act (CCAA) (2007):

  • Legislated targets to reduce GHG emissions, accountability framework and requirements for the public sector (Carbon Neutral Government Program).

Carbon Tax Act (2008): 

  • Provides incentive for choosing sustainable alternatives that produce fewer emissions by putting a price on GHG emissions. 

Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act (2016): 

  • Requires industry members to report their GHG emissions, provides regulations to control their emissions, and provides penalties for those who display non-compliance with the act. 

Clean Energy Act (2010): 

  • Sets energy objectives for the province and mechanisms for clean and renewable energy, GHG reductions and switching fuel to lower-carbon-intensity energy. 

Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements) Act (2008): 

  • Sets requirements for the use of renewable energy in transportation fuel and displays B.C.’s commitment to adopt a low-carbon fuel standard. 

Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Emissions Standards) Statutes Amendment Act (2008): 

  • Focuses on reducing GHG emissions from particular industrial operations, and increasing opportunities in the bioenergy sector. 

Local Government (Green Communities) Statutes Amendment Act (2008): 

  • Supports local governments in reducing GHG emissions, conserving energy and building sustainable, compact communities. 

Utilities Commission Amendment Act (2008): 

  • Urges public utilities to reduce GHG emissions and generate and acquire electricity from clean or renewable sources. 

Energy Efficiency Act (1996): 

  • Sets energy standards for devices that use, control or affect the use of energy (e.g. appliances, heating/cooling systems, lighting, industrial equipment). 

Building Code Amendments and Regulations (2014):

  • Requirements for energy efficiency for houses and small buildings. (6)

Specific government-based environmental programs:

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program: 

  • Provides funding to local governments equal to the carbon taxes they pay directly to support local government operations (encourages investment in climate action). (7)

First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund: 

  • Encourages Indigenous community participation in the clean energy sector within their traditional territories and treaty areas. (8)

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (CleanBC Communities Fund): 

  • Up to $63 million allocated to support infrastructure projects in communities across B.C. focused on management of renewable energy, access to clean-energy transportation and improved building energy efficiency. (9)

Next election date:

On or before October 16, 2021. (10)

Extra information:

Premier John Horgan vowed during the 2017 election to challenge the federal government and stop the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Premier John Horgan stood before both the B.C. Court of Appeal (May 2019) and the Supreme Court of Canada (January 2020), both unsuccessful. (11)

What makes this province different?

B.C. holds 2 of 3 Green Party seats in all of Canada following the 2019 federal election. (12)

  Quick facts:  

The B.C. COVID-19 Action Plan includes increasing and expanding the B.C. Climate Action Credit in July 2020. (13)

As temperature rises, at a rate of 1.4○C per century in British Columbia, the length of the winter tourism season will decrease. (14)

Climate change increases the frequency of dry summers which contributes to forest fire severity. (15)

Glacial retreat impacts drinking water quantity and quality, agriculture, and winter tourism: all glaciers in B.C have retreated since 1985. (16)

Who We Are

Shake Up The Establishment is a youth-led, registered (#1190975-4) national non-partisan non-profit organization that operates within the geographical confines of what is currently known as "Canada", but what is referred to by its First Peoples, as Turtle Island. Indigenous peoples have inhabited Turtle Island for over 10,000 years, and were the sole inhabitants less than 500 years ago. We acknowledge that our address resides on Treaty 3 land, and is the traditional territory of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas Peoples. Turtle Island is still home to many Indigenous peoples and we at SUTE are thankful to be able to live, learn and work on this territory, whilst continuing to create meaningful change for the climate justice movement. We are aware that our actions as an organization and the work we put out have an impact on our land, and on all that inhabit it. We are humbled to be able to follow the lead of centuries long Indigenous-led efforts towards the protection and stewardship of this land and the people that inhabit it. We are committed to continually evaluating & decolonizing our practices, and we do our best to incorporate the lived experiences of the land defenders and protectors within our work. We also want to honour the voices of Black, and non-Black people of colour within our work, and continually recognize their resiliency in the face of years of systemic oppression as imposed by the Canadian state.


Our enterprise is inclusive of all folx who call the geographical confines of what is currently known as Canada, home, and we celebrate the horizontal learning that comes from our diverse identities. As an organization, we will try our utmost best to ensure that only individuals with lived experiences are speaking on behalf of their communities, while still recognizing that Black, Indigenous and communities of colour as well as the LGBTQ2S+ community, are not a monolith. We firmly believe in accountability, and commit to being as transparent as possible in our activism space; to research our topics well, support and centre community care, and minimize any harm, no matter the intent. We have strict policies and procedures to uphold these tenets, and update these on a yearly (or as-needed) basis.

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