The Climate-Aligned Finance Act (CAFA) was introduced in March 2022 and has since been endorsed by 120 organizations from coast to coast and MPs from four out of the five parties in the House of Commons.
As sponsor of Bill S-243, An Act to enact the Climate-Aligned Finance Act and to make related amendments to other Acts, Senator Galvez shares the following research resources to provide context for the public and parliamentarians and better inform its legislative process.
Text of Bill S-243
An Act to enact the Climate-Aligned Finance Act and to make related amendments to other Acts.
Articles and Interviews
ESG Investor (June 21, 2023): CAFA to Catapult Canada to Climate Leader
The Hill Times (June 12, 2023): Here come the climate-aligned finance firefighters
La Presse (June 7, 2023): Greenpeace réclame une réglementation
Green Central Banking (May 30, 2023): Canadian MPs back proposal to align finance with Paris goals
The Energy Mix (May 30, 2023): House of Commons Motion, Senate Bill Urge New Climate Rules for Financial Institutions
National Observer (May 30, 2023): Regulators urged to consider 'unrivalled' bank concentration over RBC's bid to buy HSBC Canada
The Globe and Mail (May 25, 2023): Senator on a mission to make finance industry prioritize climate objectives
Toronto Star (May 19, 2023): Federal lawmakers back call to force banks, insurers and pension funds to follow climate-friendly investment rules
L'Actualité (May 18, 2023): Climat: des députés de quatre partis veulent forcer la main des banques
Toronto Star (May 14, 2023): Canada’s financial sector needs to step up its climate change game. Here’s how my legislation would help
The Hill Times (May 3, 2023): It's time to stop stalling and advance the Climate-Aligned Finance Act
Policy Options (April 21, 2023): The banking meltdown is an omen for an even bigger risk: climate chaos
iPolitics (April 6, 2023): Senate environment committee chair hopes her bill will make financial sector more climate-conscious
Toronto Star (March 28, 2023): Sun Life's fossil fuel investments could put customers' health at risk, new shareholder proposal claims
Le Devoir (March 9, 2023): Il faut une Caisse de dépôt à la hauteur de l'urgence environnementale
The Narwhal (March 10, 2023): 5 takeaways from the new climate rules for Canada's big banks
Corporate Knights (February 15, 2023): Canada falling behind other countries on ESG investing rules: Report
National Observer (February 14, 2023): Canada's financial sector urged to 'take off the blinders' and prioritize climate change
The Conversation (November 6, 2022): A Canadian senator aims to end the widespread financial backing of fossil fuels
National Observer (November 1, 2022): Do bank directors have a legal obligation to get real on climate?
The Hamilton Spectator (August 8, 2022): Sen. Rosa Galvez is crafting policy for transparency in financial sector
Canada Climate Law Initiative (June 9, 2022): Canada's financial sector could face climate trouble, unless we implement a policy solution
National Observer (May 6, 2022): 'Deep entanglement' between fossil fuel companies and pension funds cause for concern
What on Earth, CBC Radio One (May 1, 2022): Interview with Laura Lynch on the Climate-Aligned Finance Act (starts at 43:22)
La Presse (April 13, 2022): Les banques doivent passer de la parole aux actes
National Observer (April 6, 2022): Government risks disaster by barely mentioning financial sector in climate plan
National Observer (April 5, 2022): Canada is once again shown up on climate finance
Le Devoir (March 31, 2022): Les grandes banques canadiennes ont augmenté leur aide aux énergies fossiles de 70% en 2021
Green Central Banking (March 28, 2022): Canadian bill would require climate capital requirements
The Energy Mix (March 25, 2022): New Senate Bill Targets Financial Institutions that ‘Fuel Climate Risk’
Le Devoir (March 25, 2022): Dépôt d’un projet de loi pour aligner la finance sur les engagements climatiques du Canada
Corporate Knights (March 24, 2022): ‘Any delay means risk’: Senator looks to speed up banks’ net-zero journey
Op-ed in Research Money (July 5, 2023): Investing in a climate-resilient future: The economic case for climate-aligned finance
Op-ed in iPolitics (March 31, 2022): Government must own its role in an orderly climate transition
Op-ed in Le Soleil (March 26, 2022): Pour un secteur financier aligné sur le climat
Op-ed in the Hill Times (February 16, 2022): Aligning finances to the new climate reality: fix finance, fix the climate
Op-ed in iPolitics (June 30, 2021): Ready, set, go net zero! Now begins the race of our lives
Parliamentarians Call for Climate-Aligned Financial System (May 18, 2023)
Briefings and Supporting Documents
White Paper: Aligning Canadian Finance with Climate Commitments
Comprehensive overview of the intersection between climate and finance in Canada and international best practices along with a set of recommendations for aligning Canada's financial sector with climate commitments.
What We Heard: Consultations on Aligning Canadian Finance with Climate Commitments
Synthesis of the expert feedback provided by over 40 experts during several consultation sessions held between December 2021 and January 2022.
Organizations List: Who does CAFA apply to?
Table of organizations covered by CAFA with examples for each category.
CAFA Overview Presentation
A presentation explaining the rationale behind and key features of the Climate-Aligned Finance Act.
This project has been a collaboration with the following groups:
And with special thanks to Karine Péloffy, Nick Zrinyi, Stéphane Laviolette, and Jérôme Lussier
The contents of these documents are for information purposes only. Nothing in these documents should be construed as legal or professional advice and you may not rely on the contents of these documents as such.