West Coast Environmental Law is made up of three provincially incorporated societies: the West Coast Environmental Law Association, the West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation and the Environmental Law Dispute Resolution Fund Society.
West Coast Environmental Law Association provides legal services to individuals and organisations who have concerns regarding the environment. In addition, the Association advocates for legislative reforms to protect the environment and ensure public participation in environmental decision making. The Association publishes West Coast’s Environmental Law Alert blog and our Legal e-Brief e-newsletter.
The Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund is administered by the Association and is West Coast’s environmental legal aid fund. For 20 years, the fund has allowed individuals and community groups to hire lawyers to help them protect the environment in negotiations, mediation, in court or before government tribunals. Each year the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund puts $200,000 in the hands of individuals and community groups to hire lawyers and experts to help them fight for environmental justice.
The West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation has a long tradition of producing well reasoned and in-depth legal research to develop laws, regulations, standards and objectives that will promote the maintenance of environmental quality; educating the public about environmental law issues; and advocating on behalf of individuals and communities to prevent legal violations and improve existing environmental laws and regulations. Highlights of the Research Foundation’s programmatic work and achievements are summarized in the Our Work section alongside that of the Association. You may access Research Foundation publications from our site, or make a donation to support the Research Foundation, which is a registered charity.