Newfoundland and Labrador


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  Last Updated:  

August 1, 2020

Current majority government:

Premier: Andrew Furey, Liberal Party 

Number of Members of Legislative Assembly in NL: 40 

  • Liberal: 19 

  • Progressive Conservative: 15 

  • NDP: 3 

  • Independent: 3  

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

Environmental stance of majority party:

The Liberal Provincial Government has acknowledged the importance of addressing climate change and has launched a climate change action plan: 

The Way Forward on Climate Change (3)  outlines a 5 year plan that includes: 

  • Implementation of a province specific approach to carbon pricing -Initiatives to achieve clean economic growth. 

  • Implementation of policies that aim to reduce GHG emissions in the transportation sector.

  • Reduction of GHG emissions from agriculture and forestry operations -Increase in energy efficiency and reduction of GHG emissions from homes and buildings.

  • Build capacity to enhance integration of climate change tools for infrastructure development. 

  • Integration of climate change considerations into provincial health initiatives (4) (5) 

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

Total budget: $8.65 billion 

Total allocated to the Environment: $28.97 million 

Percentage: 0.334% (5)

Main provincial-level legislation for environment protection:

Forest Protection Act (1990): 

  • Develop and maintain forest conservation.

Aquaculture Act (1991): 

  • Govern the conduct of aquaculture in order to promote the prudent and orderly development of the aquaculture industry.

Environmental Protection Act (2002): 

  • Protect the environment and quality of life of the province’s people and facilitate the management of the province’s natural resources.

Sustainable Development Act (2007): 

  • To respect the sustainable development of natural resources in the province.

Management of Greenhouse Gas Act (2016): 

  • Regulate the greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities in the province. (6)

Specific government-based environmental programs:

Climate Change Challenge Fund: 

  • Supports projects that result in material greenhouse gas reductions in the province.

Freight Transportation Fuel Efficiency Program: 

  • Provides rebates for retrofitting existing heavy-duty trucks to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy Efficiency in Oil Heated Homes Program:

  • Insulation and thermostat rebates for households reliant on fuel-oil for heating.

Expansion of the Home Energy Savings Program: 

  • Assist low-income households in energy efficiency upgrades in electrically heated homes. (7)

Next election date:

On or before October 10th 2023. (9)

Extra information:

The Government of NL has a public awareness campaign on climate change and energy efficiency called “Turn Back The Tide.” (10)

What makes this province different?

NL federally approved provincial specific approach to carbon pricing was implemented on January 1st 2019. The Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Municipal Affairs and the Environment at the time, stated that the plan takes into account “principles of maintaining competitiveness for taxation and trade, minimizing the impact on consumers and vulnerable groups, recognizing the considerable cost we are already paying for the Muskrat Falls Project to decarbonize electricity, and delivering meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.” (11)

  Quick facts:  

In the last century the frequency of hurricanes and post-hurricane tropical storms has doubled. (12)

Higher water temperatures around Newfoundland and Labrador over the past two decades seems to be negatively impacting the abundance of snow crab and shrimp. (13)

Established invasive species in the province such as European green crab, Vase Tunicate, Violet Tunicate, and Golden Star Tunicate may become more larger ecosystem threats as water temperatures continue to increase. (14)

Winter sea ice that creates access to traditional foods, wood, and other coastal communities is decreasing as a result of higher sea surface temperatures. (15)

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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