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Environmental Legal Aid

Map of Summary Advice Recipients

We have developed an interactive map that displays the recipients of summary advice from our staff lawyers. You may also view the map in a larger window by clicking on the link below.  Due to lawyer-client privilege all addresses are approximate. Note that 2011 clients are indicated by the colour green, 2010 clients by blue, 2009 by red and 2008 by yellow.

Map of EDRF Recipients

We have developed an interactive map that displays the recipients of our Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund. Please click on the push pins to view information on each recipient. You may also view the map in a larger window by clicking on the link below. Note that 2011 clients are indicated by the colour green, 2010 by blue, 2009 by red and 2008 by yellow.

EDRF Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions:

For applicants

About Stage 2 applications


For Applicants

How can I find a lawyer?/Can I hire a West Coast Environmental Law lawyer?

About the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund

For 25 years the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) has supported community groups – from hunting and fishing groups to ratepayers associations to First Nations – in getting legal help to defend the health of their environment and build a more sustainable British Columbia.  (For information on what we grant, see our Applying from the EDRF page). 

Applying to the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund

If you are working in your community to protect BC’s natural environment, and you need legal assistance, then the EDRF can help. We want to fund groups that are building their community’s environmental voice and will work in partnership with their lawyer to win an environmental victory. 

The History of Our Work

In 1989, West Coast Environmental Law submitted an application to the Law Foundation of British Columbia requesting $60,000 for West Coast to provide a new type of legal aid to British Columbians. Bill Andrews, then the Executive Director of West Coast, recalls:

EDRF's 20th Anniversary - The History of Our Work

In 1989, West Coast Environmental Law submitted an application to the Law Foundation of British Columbia requesting $60,000 for West Coast to provide a new type of legal aid to British Columbians. Bill Andrews, then the Executive Director of West Coast, recalls:

"[West Coast] discussed how we could expand our delivery of legal services, get out of Vancouver and meet regional needs … [and] expand the public interest environmental bar in BC … It all came together with the idea of a fund that could pay for environmental help around the province."

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