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 ...
Peter Gillespie contributed a chapter on tax havens to the book "The Great Revenue Robbery," published by Between the Lines Press and Canadians for Tax Fairness.  The book is an excellent resource for people interested in tax as an economic justice issue.   Read more ...
British Prime Minister Cameron has announced that standards for multilateral information exchange, increasing transparency of the ownership of trusts and companies, and reform of global tax rules will be key items on the agenda of the G-8 meeting this June. These are policy positions that NGOs have promoted for many years. We have written to Prime Minister Harper to urge that Canada take a progressive position on these issues and help move them forward.   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.

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 ...
In March of this year, the former director of intelligence for the Brazilian mining company Vale lodged a complaint with public authorities regarding illegal spying activities allegedly carried out by the company in collaboration with the Brazilian intelligence agency.   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.

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 ...
Oyu Tolgoi is an enormous copper and gold deposit in Mongolia. The project is jointly owned by Canadian company Turquoise Hill Resources and a state owned enterprise. According to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), estimated project cost is $12 billion. Project proponents seek financing from Export Development Canada, the IFC, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, among others. In this document, CSOs argue that the project does not comply with the IFC Performance Standards and provide a series of recommendations.   Read more ...
The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights held its first forum on December 4 and 5 in Geneva. The Halifax Initiative spoke at the forum on a panel concerning public financial institutions and human rights. ECA-Watch, CIEL and BankTrack disseminated the attached document at the forum containing analysis and recommendations regarding financial institutons and human rights.   Read more ...
This month we examine 'odious investment' - Mongolia Undermined; (Mis)Investment in Agriculture; More than Bricks and Mortar; and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.   Read more ...
Presentation concerning the role of the private sector in international development with a focus on new CIDA programming in support of the extractive sector.   Read more ...