Our process helps Canada achieve sustainable development solutions that integrate environmental and economic considerations to ensure the lasting prosperity and well-being of our nation.


We rigorously research and conduct high quality analysis on issues of sustainable development. Our thinking is original and thought provoking.


We convene opinion leaders and experts from across Canada around our table to share their knowledge and diverse perspectives. We stimulate debate and integrate polarities. We create a context for possibilities to emerge.


We generate ideas and provide realistic solutions to advise governments, Parliament and Canadians. We proceed with resolve and optimism to bring Canada’s economy and environment closer together.

Message from the Vice-Chair

Reality Check: The State of Climate Progress in Canada

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In 2011, the Minister of the Environment asked the NRT to conduct a comprehensive assessment of provincial/territorial climate change plans and how they will contribute to meeting the federal government’s 2020 target to reduce emissions. The minister stated the NRT was “uniquely positioned” to carry out this charge on his behalf. This report is the result of our work.

As an independent policy advisory agency on sustainable development, the NRT is providing original analysis, assessment, and advice to the Government of Canada and all provincial/territorial governments. This is the first such assessment of all the data and all the trends of government climate change policies to show progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meet our international climate change target.

The NRT believes it is essential that governments and policy makers in this field read what we found and consider our advice to move ahead. Canada will not make the progress it needs without this frank assessment of what we can really expect from climate policies now or soon to be underway. Nor will Canada achieve its climate goals without considering a better way to unify governments in a more coordinated approach with shared understanding that all must contribute.


R.W. Slater, CM, PH.D.
NRT Vice-Chair