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Contemporary Canadian Govt. & Politics: A Research Guide: Climate Change Policy

Climate Change Policy: Introduction

Global climate change is affecting the planet to the point of endangering human life on earth. Despite the scientific knowledge and observations publicized for decades, government policy and political action on dealing with the climate crisis in Canada has been extremely slow to develop. Some factors have contributed to the slow start: Responsibility for environmental policy and energy policy in Canada is shared between the federal, provincial and territorial governments, with Indigenous peoples, local governments, and international institutions also playing a role. Fossil fuel production was also a  major contributor to the country's economy for a long time, making the transition to renewable energy more difficult.

The following are selected sources relevant to Canada's climate change policy in post-WWII Canadian government and politics.

NOTE: The general sources for contemporary Canadian Government and Politics covered in the main portion of this guide should also be used for this topic. The more specialized sources listed here provide additional information. 


Clarification and Direction: Finding the Facts

  • Definitions 
  • Facts & Figures (General, Dates, People, Statistics)
  • Overview and Background Information (Encyclopedias, Annual Reviews, Textbooks, Parliamentary and Legislative Research Papers)


Finding and Evaluating Sources

  • Finding Sources (Core Journals, Indexes, Books and other Academic Work, Current Events/News, Government Information, Political Party Information, Research Organizations, Videos)
  • Evaluating Sources

Primary Source Material

  • Selected Key Resources (What Was Said, What Was Written, Personal Papers, Recorded Images, What is Happening Now)