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About us

Équiterre seeks to make the necessary collective transitions towards an equitable and environmentally sound future more tangible, accessible and inspiring.

Équiterre has been a reliable, credible and unifying voice on environmental issues since our creation in 1993. We encourage Canadians to rethink the systems in which we live.

Through research, support, education, mobilization and awareness building initiatives, Équiterre contributes to the emergence of solutions, the transformation of social norms and the adoption of public policies. This progress is helping to establish new principles for how we feed ourselves, how we get around and how we produce and consume, that are designed for our communities, respectful of our ecosystems, in line with social justice and of course, low in carbon.

Over 30 years of environmental activism

Our beginning

Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, 1992: Activists from around the world gathered to discuss solidarity and respect for the environment.

Several Quebec participants decided to create a citizens' group to propose concrete solutions to such problems as pollution, large scale industrialization, and the exploitation of workers in the South.

This is how Équiterre was born in 1993.

Over 30 years of progress

Through research, support, education, mobilization and awareness building initiatives, Équiterre has been working for over 30 years to create favourable conditions in which systemic change is possible.


Beginning of Équiterre

Équiterre is founded by 6 youth: Steven Guilbeault, Patrick Henn, Elizabeth Hunter, François Meloche, Sidney Ribaux and Laure Waridel.


The start of our "Libre comme l’air" bike trips

Carbon neutral events that brought together hundreds of cyclists on different routes in Quebec to discover inspiring local initiatives in organic agriculture, sustainable mobility and regional environmental issues.


The beginning of our Family Farmers Network

Based on the principles of community supported agriculture (CSA), Équiterre developped the organic basket model in Quebec to encourage local and organic food.

Équiterre starts to work on fair trade

A vast awareness-building effort to encourage fair trade products in Quebec.


The start of our work to encourage local organic food among youth organizations

Montreal gets a bike share system


We begin our awareness work on the “Cocktail transport”

Creation of the Quebec pesticides management code


The Kyoto Protocol comes into effect


Équiterre begins working on pesticides


We begin our work promoting actions to reduce our environmental footprint : Changer le monde, un geste à la fois


Équiterre contributes to Défi Climat, to educate and mobilize on the fight against climate change


Quebec adopts North America’s most ambitious GHG reduction target


We begin our work helping hospitals and other institutions in sourcing local organic food for their food services

Équiterre starts working on environmentally responsible events and activities

Inauguration of the Maison du développement durable (MDD)

Our demonstration project on how to build sustainable buildings, in cooperation with a number of groups


Quebec unveils its strategy to position Quebec food in the institutional market

Quebec’s carbon market is established


We begin our work to promote electric transportation


Quebec issues a policy on transportation electrification

The Paris Agreement is signed


Canada adopts its first Canadian climate plan

Funding is secured for the Route Verte, to save Quebec’s network of bike paths


Quebec is the first province to adopt a zero emission vehicle (ZEV) standard

The Energy East oil pipeline project is abandoned

The government of Canada adopts a national clean fuel standard

Canada adopts a plan to implement a pan-Canadian framework buildings strategy


We begin working on stopping fossil fuel subsidies

We begin our mobilization efforts around elections

We begin working on product durability and repairability

Adoption of Quebec’s first policy on sustainable mobility

Start of the federal carbon pricing system


Équiterre starts working on soil health

We begin our work to raise awareness about “natural” gas

The government of Quebec announces the modernization of our deposit refund system


Canada and Quebec commit to net zero emissions targets by 2050

Quebec adopts a climate governance framework

The Teck Frontier oil sands mine project is abandoned

A new Natural Climate Solutions Fund is created for Canadian agriculture

A new Quebec strategy to steer public institutions toward local food supply chains is established

Quebec’s Plan for a Green Economy (PEV) is unveiled


Canada announces that the sale of new gas-powered vehicles will be banned as of 2035

Quebec pledges to end oil and gas exploration and development on its territory

The Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act is adopted

The Vista coal mine expansion project is abandoned

The GNL Quebec gas project is abandoned

The project to expand the Quebec City Port is abandoned


Montreal adopts new rules that prohibit the delivery of marketing flyers to homes without explicit consent

Funding for Quebec agro-environmental programs

Canada adopts a new Emissions Reduction Plan for 2030

Canada commits to publishing a standard on zero emission vehicles (ZEV)


The 3rd Link highway project between Lévis and Quebec City is abandoned

Our work

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strong voice that carries far

+4,000 annual media mentions

+1,112,000 annual views on our website

+3,500 annual participants in our events and webinars

+50 annual political engagements (commissions, public consultations, meetings with elected officials, etc.)

A committed community

Expertise and passion

82 employees

6 spokespeople

6 interns

10 volunteers