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Open for Justice


    Canada starts to close troubling human rights gap

    Human rights abuses at Canadian-owned mining and oil and gas sites around the world are widespread and well documented. Victims often have nowhere to turn to seek justice. The Canadian Government has taken steps to address this problem.

    On January 17, 2018, Canada's Minister of International Trade announced the creation of an independent human rights ombudsperson.  People harmed by Canadian mining, oil, gas and textile companies overseas will be able to bring their complaints forward to the new Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE). The ombudsperson will investigate complaints and make recommendations for redress.



    The creation of Canada's human rights ombudsperson is an important step toward ensuring accountability and remedy for corporate human rights abuses. However, for it be effective, it is crucial that the ombudsperson is equipped with the tools needed to compel corporate disclosure.

    1. WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT (A personalized letter is worth its weight in gold)


    Thank Canada's International Trade Minister for demonstrating global leadership in business and human rights. Remind him that in order to be effective, Canada's Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise must be able to compel corporate disclosure.

    Sample tweet: 

    Thank you @FP_Champagne for creating a #humanrights ombudsperson to help ensure corporate accountability and remedy for people harmed. Remember, the credibility of this office will depend on its ability to access relevant information. #open4justice #power2investigate









    1. LETTER TEMPLATE FOR MPs Write a letter to your MP using this letter template.
    2. TAKE ACTION SHEET Help make Canada Open for Justice using this one-page action sheet.
    3. MP CONTACT INFORMATION Find your MP's phone number, email address and mailing address here.
    4. OMBUDSPERSON INFOGRAPHIC A helpful visual that outlines the key aspects of our ombudsperson proposal.
    5. ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS A one-pager on the essential elements of an ombudsperson office.
    6. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF MODEL LEGISLATION You don't need to be a lawyer to read this.
    7. MODEL LEGISLATION Here is our detailed model legislation for the creation of an extractive sector ombudsperson.
    8. TALK IS NOT ENOUGH Why Canada needs an extractive sector ombudsperson (includes a chart comparing the Ombudsperson to Canada's CSR Counsellor and the OECD NCP).
    9. INJUSTICE INCORPORATED Download Amnesty International's book on Access to Remedy (2014).
    10. FLYER If you wish to promote the Open for Justice campaign at your event, please use our one-page flyer.
    11. YOUTH ACTION Encourage your child(ren) or students to take part in our Open for Justice campaign by participating in this "Lifesaver" action.
    12. CNCA BRIEFING NOTE Why Canada needs BOTH an extractive sector ombudsperson AND legislated access to Canadian courts.
    14. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Do you have questions about the Open for Justice campaign? See our Q&A sheet for common questions and answers.
    15. MP LOBBYING KIT We encourage you to phone or visit your MP to seek their support for this important issue. Here are some resources to help you prepare for your MP meeting:


    Video: Mi Tierra es mi Lucha:

    Written and Directed by Timo Schmidt.

    This short film explores the relationship between indigenous rights and mining operations around the world.




    Produced by Stephen Hunt. This short film explores the impact that Canadian transnational companies have on local communities as well as Canadian identity.






    UN tells Canada its time for action on Business and Human Rights. June 5, 2017.

    Federal Budget does not mention Human Rights Ombudsperson. March 22, 2017.

    New law would create Human Rights Ombudsperson to investigate violations associated with Canadian mining, oil and gas operations overseas. Nov 2, 2016.

    Support for an International Treaty on Business and Human Rights. June 18, 2015.

    Government fails to create an extractive-sector Ombudsman, despite broad public support (CNCA press release). November 14, 2014.

    Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources faces lawsuit over violence at Guatemala mine. June 18, 2014.

    Police set hundreds of homes ablaze near Porgera gold mine. June 10, 2014.

    Dow shields shareholders from toxic truth in Bhopal. May 14, 2014.

    Who does the law protect? New book by Amnesty International calls for radical change to ensure corporate accountability and the right to an effective remedy March 7, 2014

    Canada must be “Open for Justice” - organizations call for action for overseas victims of Canadian companies October 22, 2013



    Win a Prize for getting your MP's support! April 14, 2014.

    Financial power: Behind the lack of remedy for corporations’ human rights abuses April 9, 2014

    SUBMISSIONS: CNCA submission to the Canadian Government's CSR strategy review. Jan 8, 2014

    GET INVOLVED: Stage a performance of The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich. June 11, 2014.




    Open for Justice is a joint campaign organized by the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) and its 30 member organizations, including Amnesty International.