Nature and the Outdoors

You can learn about the laws and policies which protect the environment and animals.

The resources on this page were hand-picked by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's staff as a good place to start.

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Alberta Resources

The Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Alberta SPCA) is a provincially-incorporated nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. They encourage the humane treatment of animals through enforcement of animal protection legislation and through education programs throughout Alberta. They will investigate reports from the general public of animal cruelty or neglect.

Related legal topic(s): Animal Welfare

The Environmental Law Centre (Alberta) Society ("ELC") is a registered charitable organization incorporated in Alberta in 1982 to provide Albertans with an objective source of information about environmental and natural resources law. The ELC website includes fact sheets, downloadable publications and a frequently asked questions section. The ELC library is accessible to the public; the catalogue can be accessed on their website. As well, any person can contact the ELC and receive information on environmental law.

Related legal topic(s): Environmental protection and conservation, Law libraries

The University of Calgary,  Faculty of Law's Public Interest Law Clinic  will provide pro bono legal services to clients, facilitating access to justice and providing law students with experiential learning opportunities. Law students will work in the clinic on precedent-setting cases affecting Alberta's vulnerable communities and the environment, allowing them to learn public interest advocacy and litigation skills. The Clinics focus is on provide access to justice for the province's vulnerable and voiceless communities, specifically in the areas of public health, human rights, equality and environmental law,"  Groups seeking access to justice on an issue affecting Albertans can reach the Public Interest Law Clinic by contacting Molly Naber-Sykes at (403) 220-4814 or by email for more information

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Charter of Rights, General health law and policy, Human rights, Legal research

The Public Interest Law Clinic (PLIC) at the University of Calgary facilitates access to justice, supports litigation on public interest legal issues, and advocates for law reform. The Public Interest Law Clinic is a legal clinic at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, created to advocate for systemic change that values and advances the well-being of the public and the environment. Second and third year law students who are taking the PILC clinical course (co-taught by the Executive Director and a law professor) provide services to the PILC’s clients. A practicing lawyer, who is licensed and insured by the Law Society of Alberta, supervises the clinic students.

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Environmental protection and conservation


Environment Canada is responsible for protecting the environment, conserving the country's natural heritage, and providing weather and meteorological information. The website provides information about programs and services related to air, water, nature, climate change, pollution and waste, sustainable development, environmental enforcement, environmental emergencies, science and technology and weather. One section deals with the numerous acts, regulations and agreements related to their mandate.

Related legal topic(s): Environmental protection and conservation

A project of the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, the purpose of this guide is to harness the citizens’ ability to prevent pollution. Citizens can prevent pollution through individual actions, consumer behaviour, and by applying pressure on industrial and commercial operations, and institutions (e.g., our governments) to practice the principles of pollution prevention. (PDF – 48 pages, 2005)

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Environmental protection and conservation