New Mining Counsellor Set Up to Fail

Media release TORONTO, 3 March 2015 – The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) is concerned that International Trade Minister Ed Fast is wasting public funds with this week’s appointment of a new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counsellor. “The mandate of the CSR Counsellor has been flawed from the start. Regardless of who gets appointed, [...]

Recommendations on establishing a human rights Ombudsman for Canada’s international extractive sector

This briefing note outlines recommendations for the Canadian government on how to establish a human rights Ombudsman for Canada’s international extractive sector.  An Ombudsman should be mandated to receive complaints regarding the international extractive sector (e.g. mining, oil and gas) operations of Canadian companies; conduct independent investigations to evaluate compliance with corporate accountability standards; offer [...]

Government fails to create an extractive-sector Ombudsman, despite broad public support

Media release (OTTAWA) November 14, 2014 – The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) is deeply disappointed that the federal government is not establishing an independent Ombudsman to investigate human rights complaints involving corporate activity abroad, as part of the five-year review of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy announced today. Over 95,000 Canadians wrote [...]

Washington, D.C. hearing spotlights the Canadian government’s failure to prevent harm and ensure justice for mining-affected communities abroad

The Canadian government is failing to meet its international obligations to prevent and to provide recourse for harms related to Canadian mining operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a new report by the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) presented on October 28, 2014, to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington D.C.

Mining oversight bill defeated by government, despite widespread public support

The CNCA is very disappointed that the Extractive Sector Ombudsman bill, Bill C-584, did not pass second reading in the House of Commons yesterday. More than 90,000 Canadians voiced their support for such an Ombudsman through the CNCA’s Open for Justice campaign.