Our Shared Environment

Canadians and Americans breathe the same air, drink the same water, and share the same responsibility to ensure that future generations have a safe, clean and healthy continent. 

Stewardship of our shared environment is a key element of the Canada-U.S. relationship as our countries work together to fight climate change and address the environmental challenges we face.

Canada and the United States have at least 50 federal bilateral arrangements concerning the environment, and over 100 arrangements at the state and provincial level. In March 2016, Canada and the United States issued a Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership, in which they agreed to formally join the Paris Agreement in the global fight against climate change, and to take ambitious actions to reduce methane, hydroflurocarbon, and greenhouse gas emissions.