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 ...

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.

Letter of support for Bill 52 (formerly Bill 83), currently before the Ontario legislature, which affords protections to public interest organizations threatened with SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) suits.   Read more ...
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 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 service to provide the private sector with intelligence on 'emerging and frontier' markets owned by The Christian Science Monitor quotes a case study produced by Halifax Initiative and Justiça nos Trilhos.   Read more ...
Information request to EDC regarding financing it provided to Petrobras and Brookfield Asset Management. Both companies are being investigated for corrupt practices in Brazil.   Read more ...
NEW PUBLICATION on export credit and human rights. The document features a case study on Export Development Canada and Brazilian mining company Vale.   Read more ...
This year, a coalition of development and environment organizations commissioned an independent assessment of Canada’s Fast-Start Climate Finance program. The assessment raises serious concerns about Canada’s willingness to support developing countries cope with the impacts of climate change.   Read more ...