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Vire au vert

Quebec general election 2022

The issues

Quebec general election 2022

It is increasingly urgent to address the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity. Political parties must do more. They must act coherently, rapidly and in an inclusive manner.

Making the right decisions today, means preparing Quebec for the challenges that we are already facing, and working towards a greener, safer, healthier and more resilient living environment.

Campaign Results

More than 17,000 Quebecers called for a leaders' debate exclusively on the environment. Thousands of committed citizens called on their candidates and political parties to make concrete commitments to address the climate and biodiversity crises. More than a hundred dedicated activists organized debates and interviews on the environment all across Quebec to help voters better understand their candidates' vision of the climate crisis.

The environment had a central role in the election campaign because of Équiterre and Vire au vert's efforts:

  • 3 leaders pledged to put the environment at the heart of all their decisions at our "green carpet" event.

  • The environment was the opening theme at both the Radio-Canada and TVA debates, garnering several extra minutes of discussion: 18 minutes at TVA and 22 minutes at Radio-Canada, up from zero and 16 minutes respectively in the provincial debates four years ago.

  • 125 candidates presented their visions on the climate and biodiversity crises to their constituents during Vire au vert interviews and debates.

  • 3,051 citizens contacted political parties and candidates
  • 17,000 citizens called for a leaders' debate on the climate crisis
  • 33 debates and interviews on the environment were held
  • 3 leaders committed to putting the climate crisis at the heart of their decisions

Making the right decisions now means preparing Quebec to face the challenges ahead, in order to make our living environments more resilient, equitable and environmentally responsible.

Our work

Since 2018, the Vire au vert citizen mobilization initiative has been bringing environmental issues to the forefront during Quebec election campaigns. Powered by environmental organizations and citizens, it seeks to encourage political parties and candidates to make ambitious commitments with regards to the environment.

24 of Quebec’s most influential environmental and citizen groups have developed Vire au Vert’s 48 environmental recommendations, which we encourage the political parties to include in their electoral programs, and to discuss during the upcoming election campaign.

Alongside our allies, Équiterre provides the tools and mobilizes citizens to pressure our governments to do just that.


of Quebecers are worried about climate impacts on their health and on public health, on their personal finances and on public finances.

Source : Sondage Léger, May 2022.

Project history



On November 7, 2021, a breath of fresh air blew through Quebec! Many new mayors and city councilors who had made commitments to the environment were elected across the province. The environment, women and youth were the big winners in this municipal election. Talking about the environment is clearly no longer a risk: it's a win.

The environmental movement is reaching our city halls. And it's thanks to the thousands of citizens who mobilized and voted with the environment in mind and to the work of environmental organizations like Vire au vert! Municipalities play a crucial role in the implementation of the ecological transition.



In 2018, Vire au vert helped put the environment at the heart of the provincial election campaign in Quebec.

Our ultimate goal: that political parties make ambitious commitments with regards to the environment. We identified 23 environmental priorities that we wanted to see included in the electoral platforms of each of the political parties in Quebec. We also mobilized, equipped and supported citizens to express their environmental concerns to political parties and their candidates, their entourage and the public.

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