Measuring the Costs of Pollution in Canada
Pollution has consequences for individuals, society at large and the economy. Damages lead to higher costs for many things, including: medical care, raw materials, food and taxes.
As such, pollution threatens not only Canadians' current well-being, but also the prospects for sustaining that well-being into the future. Canadians do not, however, have an adequate understanding of the cost of pollution. While many studies have attempted to assess the individual costs of specific pollutants, no single report covers them all. What is more, no common framework exists to effectively communicate the costs of pollution to experts and non-experts alike.
With financial support from the Ivey Foundation, the International Institute for Sustainable Development reviewed and synthesized existing studies on the costs of pollution in an effort to improve the data available to Canadians. Our findings represent the most comprehensive assessment of pollution and its costs undertaken in Canada. This report shows that pollution costs Canadian families, businesses and governments a startling amount every year.
Cost of Pollution: Extreme WeatherDid you know that the cost of climate change-related heat waves in Canada is estimated to have been $1.6 billion in 2015? Read More
Cost of Pollution: Contaminated SitesDid you know that average annual cost of managing contaminated sites under federal jurisdiction in Canada was $283 million between 2005/06 and 2014/15? Read More
Cost of Pollution: Persistent Organic PollutantsDid you know that the cost of persistent organic pollutants to Canada is estimated to be in the billions, but we still don't know for sure? Read More
Cost of Pollution: SmogDid you know that smog cost Canada $36 billion in 2015? Read More
Costs of Pollution in Canada: Measuring the impacts on families, businesses and governmentsPollution costs Canadian families, businesses and governments a startling amount every year. These costs add up to tens of billions of dollars at least. These are our findings from a new report on the cost of pollution in Canada. Read More