English Resources

What we do…

We lobby in support of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal by building friendly relationships with our federally elected representatives. We do so with respect, appreciation and gratitude for their service.

 We write letters to the editor and op-eds, and meet with editorial boards to gain their editorial endorsement.

 We facilitate presentations and table at events to promote CCL and introduce others to our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal.

 We support our volunteer chapters with monthly conference calls, and we support the leaders of those chapters with regular conference calls and a network of people to support them.

What we believe…

Politicians don’t create political will, they respond to it. We believe citizens who are well-trained, organized by Ridings and with a good system of support can more than influence the political process.

In respect for all viewpoints, even for those who would oppose us.

Based on what climate scientists and economists tell us, we believe that Carbon Fee and Dividend is the best first step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to mitigate the impacts of a changing climate.

All politics is local. Thus we build political will for a liveable world by building relationships locally with our politicians, community leaders and local media as well as educating our community. The resources below will help you get started:

Getting Started

Welcome to Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada! We educate and lobby for a predictable, incrementally increasing and fair price on carbon pollution policy called “The Carbon Fee and Dividend Act.”

Here’s some of the basic information about who we are and what we do. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.


Open Letter to the Government of Canada / Lettre ouverte au gouvernement du Canada

From Earth Day 2017 to Election 2019, Canadian CCLers are securing signatures for our open letter for businesses, cities and organizations that asks for Canada’s carbon price to go onward and upwards.

The impetus for this action comes from two sources:

  1. MPs have asked us to do this for them – get business support.
  2. Similar open letters have been helpful in generating political will for carbon pricing in other jurisdictions.

Please note we have been connecting with municipalities across Canada. If you want to ask your local city to sign on, you can get in touch with us for support and to coordinate efforts.

How to get signatures

Familiarize yourself with the open letter resources below, ask one or more local organizations to consider signing on, then file an “outreach” field report for those that sign on. To file a field report, register for CCL Community if you haven’t already and visit the field report page.

Successful approaches to getting signatories have been to:

  1. Talk to a family member, friend, or neighbor.
  2. Talk to the following types of businesses: clean technology, farms at farmer’s markets, coffee houses, and golf courses.
  3. Follow up with those you connect with. Patience, persistence, and hard work have been key.

Open letter resources: CCL Canada’s open letter, FAQ, and sample e-mail to send after speaking with someone.

Outreach and Tabling

These are materials that you can use when you attend, speak at, or table at events.

Write4Climate campaign


Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 2.52.53 PM General CCL trifold brochure in English and French in Word so you can add and subtract things.

NEW – a global trifold brochure (pdf) for when you go on vacations and meet people from all over the world and want to tell them about us.

Updated February 2018

FAQs Open letter for business_ONE PAGER_final (pdf)

Appeal to associations for_CCL open letter 2017 (Word)

Customizable CCL business card, 3.5x2in.Colour: PDF, PNG or JPG
Black/white: PDF, PNG or JPG
Greyscale: PDF, PNG or JPGDon’t forget to put your own contact information on the back, e.g.  black/white or colour
 everything is connected cathy orlando 2008  “Everything is connected” poster PDF (English) and French

Constituent-Letter-Form: Great for tabling

February 2018

New February 2018

If you wish to work with the image file, right-click on the image, choose save image as and save it onto your computer.

Display Materials

Parliamentary Petition Project

We’ve made a basic petition for Carbon Fee and dividend in English (PDF or Word doc) and French (PDF or Word) for you to use. You can check out the rules for parliamentary petitions on Parliament’s website.

In June 2017 we launched two new Petitions (pdf):

PURPOSE: We use petitions to educate parliament about the urgency of the climate crisis and our solution. Also, it will could possible empower your MP to be more supportive of Carbon Fee and Dividend if he/she sees local support for our solution.


  • Have people sign the petition at outreach events and/or carry a copy of it and ask friends and acquaintances to sign it.
  • Once you have obtained 30 signatures, call your MP’s office
  • Identify yourself as a constituent of his/her riding
  • Ask if your MP if he/she would be willing read our Parliamentary Petition on climate change in its entirety (excluding the signatories) in the House of Commons
  • Print the petition on legal (8.5 x 14) or letter-size (8.5 x 11) paper.
  • Make sure there are three lines for signatures on the first page.
  • Make sure there is a line at the top of every signature page thereafter indicating that it is a parliamentary petition and its topic.
  • Get at least 25 signatures on the petition – follow the instructions closely. We recommend getting 30 just to be safe.
  • Once completed, copy it for your files if you wish, then bring the original file to your MP’s office in to be read in Parliament.

Hand deliver or send the original copy of the petition to:

House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

No stamp is required for Parliament in Ottawa.

If your MP will not read the petition, we can send it to other MPs who will. Follow up by asking when it will be read in Parliament, how it was received and a big thank you via snail mail, email and social media. Please inform us in your monthly Citizens’ Climate Lobby field report if your petition has been read aloud in the House of Commons. It is considered to be outreach.  By informing the national office we can thank them on Twitter and Facebook.

Cabinet Ministers are not permitted to read petitions in the House of Commons as it would constitute a “conflict of interest”. Thus if your MP is a cabinet Minister you should inform him/her about the petition and ask if he or she could suggest another MP from your province who might read the petition instead.



On May 11, 2016 CCL Canada launched an e-petition (#e297)  for carbon fee and dividend.  Petition #297  is uniquely located on the Government of Canada’s website. Once an e-petition garners at least 500 signatures and is sponsored by an MP, it can be tabled in Parliament. That would require the government to provide a written response, posted online, within 45 days.

Toronto MP Nathaniel Erskine Smith (Liberal) is sponsored our petition.

Check out our e-petition #e297: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-297

PLEASE NO MORE NATIONAL ONLINE PETITIONS:  This is not our focus. We build political will locally. We might support a petition if there is a well-thought out work plan with timelines, job descriptions, a HUGE number of signees (10,000+++) and that you have buy-in on your plan from most of the CCL group leaders in groups in Canada.

This is complete alignment with CCL USA’s way. Even with over 100,000 people on their supporter list, they don’t do national petitions. National petitions are not one of our levers of creating political will. Creating political will the CCL-RESULTS-way is all about what happens in your riding.

We have precious time resources in organization. We need to use them wisely so we can all savour the planet – which must come first.


Lobbying Tool Kit

Important Resources from Canadians for Clean Prosperity:

Suggested visuals to bring when lobbying

For the super-wonky people:

Additional resources

Suggested books to give your MP:

Liz and Cathy with MP Michael Chong

Liz Armstrong, MP Michael Chong and Cathy Lacroix

The Five Levers of Political Will

Levers of Political Will

These are the five core activities that all Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapters leverage to bring citizens into the political process and to ensure their contribution is constructive and makes more good possible. We call these activities the “levers of political will.”

  1. Lobbying: We train citizens how to lobby in support of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal by building friendly relationships with our federally elected representatives.
  2. Media relations: We train citizens how to engage with and influence the media. We write letters to the editors and op-eds, meet with editorial boards and work to place stories in all forms of media.
  3. Grassroots outreach: We recruit and educate the public on climate solutions, citizen advocacy and how to participate with one’s government.
  4. Grasstops outreach: We seek to educate, build partnerships with and gain the support of community leaders and non-governmental organizations, both nationally and locally.
  5. Chapter development: It is through the growth and management of the local CCL group/chapter, that it becomes possible to push on the other four levers for building political will.

Note we are not “against” anything: we are for carbon fee and dividend. Carbon pricing policies in Canada will be assessed using the following criteria available in English and in French.