Legacy Fund for the Environment

About

The mission of the Legacy Fund for the Environment is to identify and finance lawsuits undertaken by citizens’ groups in defense of Canada’s environment, to promote public knowledge and awareness of environmental laws and the legal recourses available to citizens, and to raise funds to support these activities. The Fund was incorporated in June 2015 and obtained charitable status in July 2018.

Principle Ten of the Rio Declaration adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in November 1992 states that citizens have the responsibility and the right to care for their environment.

When this involves legal action, private citizens are usually at a severe disadvantage.  By raising funds for citizen-initiated court actions, the Legacy Fund will be leveling the playing field.

Our Impact

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Here is a selection of some of our activities with our citizen partners:

  • Sauvons l’Anse-à-l’Orme: Funded three injunctions, two biodiversity studies and a fiscal analysis in defense of l’Anse-à-l’Orme in Montreal’s west island.  Montreal announced the creation of the Grand Parc de l’Ouest.

  • Les Amis des milieux naturels de Laval: Funded legal research for this group. The Municipal Council of Laval has put a two-year reserve on twelve hectares of ecologically valuable land to create a park.

  • Rosemère vert: With our assistance, this citizens’ group presented to their citizens and Town Council a financial analysis which shows that development on the Rosemère Golf Course (which they want green) would result in higher taxes.

  • Nature Hudson: A study we co-funded found twenty-nine endangered species on the Sandy Beach site in Hudson, where the developer reported one. Our report was sent to the Environment Ministry. We funded legal procedures in defense of the Willowbrook area which contains wetlands, forests and an important archeological site, the Ottawa Glass Works. The new municipal council has halted development for now.

  • Green Coalition: Funded an injunction, undertaken by the Green Coalition to preserve the Technoparc wetlands and forests in Montreal. Ongoing.

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A unique approach to preservation.

As distinct from other environmental law organizations, we finance legal recourses and related biodiversity and other studies undertaken by Citizens’ Groups in their quest to preserve their natural environment. We are there to assist Citizens’ Groups with our experience, help them to incorporate if necessary, and suggest lawyers and other experts to help them with their case. We stay involved throughout.

How does the funding work?

Our funding arrangements are flexible and depend on individual circumstances, but the Legacy Fund usually matches, dollar for dollar, any sums raised by the Citizens’ Group up to an agreed upon amount. We cover all GST and PST costs. At the same time any funds raised by the Citizens’ Group, when donated through the Legacy Fund, are eligible for tax deductions, as we are a registered charity.

Consider what a $100 dollar donation to the Legacy Fund means to the Citizens’ Group under our matching-grant program. This donation results in a net cost to the donor of between $501 to $65 because of the tax deduction, while the Citizens’ Group receives $230 to finance their legal recourses and related studies (including GST and PST).

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