• Meagan Parmassar

Bill C-12: The Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act Explained

The federal government has announced Bill C-12: the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. The purpose of this bill is to reiterate their commitment to meeting the net-zero emissions goal for 2050. It provides a legally-binding process for the federal government to set national targets and bring forward climate action plans every 5 years on a rolling basis from 2030 to 2050.

Under the act, it is required that:

  • Climate action plans presented by the federal government be independently reviewed by the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development in order to provide third-party critique of climate action plans to Canadians

  • A report to be tabled in parliament detailing reasons and corrective actions to be taken for targets that are not met

  • A report to be published annually by the federal government detailing how departments and Crown Corporations are considering financial risks and opportunities of climate change in all of their decision-making

The planning and reporting required under this act is intended to ensure that accountability is taken by the federal government moving forward for their plans to meet the 2050 net-zero emissions goal, provide transparency for Canadians with regards to these plans and their implications, and ensure better decision-making in terms of climate action moving forward. This bill is at its first reading in the House of Commons as of November 19.


1. https://parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/43-2/bill/C-12/first-reading

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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