The Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) facilitates cooperation and networking among non-profit, non-governmental environmental organisations across Canada and internationally. Since 1977, we have been enabling and enhancing our members' work of protecting, conserving, restoring and promoting a clean, healthy, sustainable environment.
With over 600 member groups from rural and urban communities across the country, the RCEN is made up of Canadians from the entire spectrum of career paths and interests. Our National Office is based in Ottawa, and Affiliate Networks can be found in each province and in the Yukon.
What We Do
The RCEN is an independent, non-partisan organisation. Our primary role is to support environmental NGOs (ENGO) by providing them with valuable networking, communication and coordination services.
We also provide opportunities for ENGO representatives to participate in federal government meetings, conferences, workshops and consultations on environmental policy issues through a transparent, bilingual and democratic delegate selection process.
The RCEN operates at the heart of the environmental movement in Canada, acting as a vital link between large and small groups from coast to coast to coast. By working together at consultations and workshops-or through various caucuses or committees-local, regional and national groups can share best practices and build strong relationships between each other and with various partners.
For the past 30 years, the RCEN has played a vital role in strengthening the relationship between the Government of Canada and the ENGO community. An increasing number of federal government departments favour the RCEN for bringing expert ENGO representatives to consultations through our proven selection process, which is supported by environmental organisations nationwide.
Government departments and agencies that are interested in ensuring a multi-stakeholder approach to national and international policy development and implementation are invited to contact us.
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