San Diego Law Review

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This Article provides potential foreign investors and general readers with a broad overview of the Canadian environmental legal regime. It attempts to inform investors in Canadian businesses of the relevant environmental laws in order for the investor to assure that the project in which he has invested significant time, energy, and money is in compliance with all applicable laws. The constitutional basis for environmental legislation in Canada is analyzed. Also, the principal pieces of federal and provincial legislation are canvassed in an attempt to show the wide variety of activities that are regulated. The authors also review the principal bases for commencing a civil environmental lawsuit in Canada. The authors conclude with recommendations for foreign investors, including the suggestion that they seek qualified environmental expertise before embarking on a business venture in Canada.