The Halifax Initiative is coalition of Canadian development, environment, faith-based, human rights and labour organizations focused on economic and social justice issues. Read more...

Tax revenues in both Northern and the Southern countries are being eroded largely due to tax evasion by multinational corporations. We promote improved financial transparency, reform of global tax rules, and tax compliance as corporate and government accountability issues. See also, our Tax Justice Resource List.

A Collaborative Symposium for Researchers, Students and Activists. June 18-20, 2014, McGill University, Montreal.  Until recently, tax policy was a technical speciality left to experts. Today, researchers, community groups and social justice activists are examining whether government tax policies lead to healthy communities and environments, support people in meeting their needs, and promote the achievement of basic human rights.   Read more ...
On Wednesday, December 11, the Halifax Initiative is collaborating with CCIC, Inter Pares and Canadians for Tax Fairn   Read more ...
The relationship between debt and capital flight is a vicious cycle. This is a reprint of a short article from Third World Quarterly about the relationship between debt and illicit financial flows.   Read more ...
In his April 6 article in the Ottawa Citizen, “Enough with the tax haven hysteria,” Bernard Shinder argued that recent media reports of the harmful role of tax havens are essentially much ado about nothing.  A Halifax Initiative Op Ed on April 12 responded.   Read more ...

The overseas operations of Canadian companies can generate significant harm to communities and environments. The victims of corporate abuse often lack access to impartial domestic courts and face tremendous hurdles accessing the Canadian judiciary. By working to improve foreign claimants’ access to Canadian courts, we seek to deter abusive corporate practice and to ensure that aggrieved parties are afforded remedy.

On November 3, the Halifax Initiative and Amnesty International convened a panel discussion entitled:   Read more ...
On October 28 representatives of the CNCA called on Canada to fulfill its international obligations by creating effec   Read more ...
On Monday November 3, the Halifax Initiative and Amnesty International will host a public session titled "Lawsuits ag   Read more ...
The Halifax Initiative co-hosts a public talk about civil suits in Canada regarding the overseas operations of Canadi   Read more ...
On Wednesday October 23rd 2013, 7-9 pm , the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability is holding a presentation on access to justice by people harmed by the Canadian extractive industry.   Read more ...

The Canadian government provides significant financing for the public and private sectors through domestic and international financial institutions. We seek the adoption of enhanced transparency and accountability measures regarding the operations of Export Development Canada and the World Bank.

A new report by ECA Watch entitled 'Export Credit and Human Rights: Failure to Protect' calls on states to fufill the   Read more ...
This year, a coalition of development and environment organizations commissioned an independent assessment of Canada’s Fast-Start Climate Finance program. Members of the coalition, including the Halifax Initiative, wanted to assess how Canada’s international “fast start” financial commitments were allocated. The assessment raises serious concerns about Canada’s willingness to support developing countries cope with the impacts of climate change.   Read more ...
In 2012, Export Development Canada provided Eldorado Gold with between $25 and $50 million in financing despite credible concerns regarding the serious environmental and social impacts of its operations in Greece.   Read more ...