Access to Environmental Justice: Costs and scientific uncertainty raise barriers to protecting communities   For Access to Justice week in Alberta ( the ELC looks...

Substantive environmental rights are not overly common and there are no rights to environmental quality in Alberta or Canada for that matter. This environmental rights module canvasses some of key questions related to substantive environmental rights and identifies some approaches taken elsewhere.

In this paper, we look at what is a right to a healthy environment and why is it important. We examine what environmental rights look like, and look at procedural and substantive environmental rights. A review of procedural rights in Alberta, including land use regulation under ALSA and environmental rights, procedures and gaps by sector (Oil and Gas, Electricity generation, Agriculture, Recreation, Forestry, water management & prescribed mining projects, and Municipal) is provided.