Canadian Environmental
Directories, Portals & Networks
Provided by the Ontario Environmental Directory and Ontario Environment Network

A guide to environmental directories, portals and networks in Ontario, Canada and beyond. A great starting point to find environmental groups, organizations, people, places, activities, news, information and opportunity.

(A) Environment Networks in Canada and Ontario
Environmental Directories & Portals in Canada
         Major | Special Purpose | Industry | More | Community Nets | Local & Regional
(C) Internet Directories & Search Engines
Environmental & Alternative Media

(A) Environment Networks – Canada & Ontario

The Canadian, Ontario and Other Provincial Environment Networks are comprehensive networks of nonprofit environmental organizations in Canada. Their websites, publications, networking and referral services offer an open door to the environmental community in Canada.

Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) – Canada's national network of environmental nonprofit organizations (ENGO's). RCEN is the "parent" of eleven regional/provincial networks. Many of these Provincial Networks have their own websites, directories and referral services. The RCEN itself publishes the Green List, a printed guide to Canadian environmental organizations and agencies. A weekly e-bulletin is available on their website. Members-only services include thematic caucuses and public consultations with government.

Youth Environmental Network (YEN) – "strives to connect Canadian youth environmental groups from coast to coast to coast". Links to youth environmental groups. Also: resources on starting a youth group, fundraising, communications. (see also: Environmental Search Guide – scroll down to Youth).

Ontario Environment Network (OEN) – Ontario's largest network serving Ontario's environmental non-profit, non-governmental community. Provides an online directory; environmental search guide; print directory and other publications; referrals; semi-annual conferences; caucuses; and many other services. The OEN can help you get in touch with the people, resources and information you need.


(B) Other Environmental Portals & Directories in Canada

The following portals and directories are offered by a variety of organizations in Canada and beyond.

Ontario Environmental Directory – the most comprehensive directory of environmental groups, organizations and agencies in Ontario, Canada. Hundreds of descriptive listings including contact information and links. Searchable by name, location, keyword, theme. Available on the web at:

Ontario Environmental Resource Book (ERB) – print directory of environmental groups, organizations and agencies in Ontario. Similar in content to the online Ontario Environmental Directory, above. More info / place an order:

Environmental Search Guide – thematic guide to searching with major Ontario and Canadian directories and portals:

People- & Planet-Friendly and GoodWork – human-edited directories and guides on major environmental themes: Jobs, Internships & Volunteering | Sustainable Living | Environmental Learning & Education | Resource Centres & Gathering Places | Books | Magazines | Eco-Retailers | Parks, Outdoors & Nature | Environmental Elections & Politics | Renewable Energy | Health & Environment | Faith | Organic & Sustainable Agriculture | Don't Pave It | Permaculture | Construction & Renovation | Transportation | Recreation | Free Trade or Fair Trade | Green Gifts | Questioning Business | What is the Commons | The Open Source Movement | War & Peace | Civil Rights (2) | Poverty & Social Justice | Environmental & Alternative Media | Create Community Anywhere | Calendar of Calendars | Specialized Calendars | More. Other services: Ontario Events | E-mail Newsletter | GoodWork Listings.

Special Purpose Environmental Directories & Portals

Sustainable Living Links – products, services, resources and ideas for home, work and school. Canada, USA and beyond. See also: Green Communities | Fair Trade | Green Gift Guide | Green Shopping Links | Ecologo |

Community Greening & Naturalization Projects – Learn about how people across Canada are making their schools, homes and communities greener; find volunteer opportunities in your community; share information about your project.

Nature Network – directory of nature groups across Ontario Map: (see also Parks, Outdoors & Nature links)

PollutionWatch – directory of polluters across Canada, searchable by first two or three letters of your postal code; provides list of facilities, pollutants and health effects. USA: Corpwatch:

Green Maps – printed and digital maps that identify, promote and link ecological and social resources: Green Maps Around the World | Green Maps of North American Cities, Towns & Regions | Toronto | Ottawa | Kingston | Guelph | Waterloo. Environmental, topographic and other maps: The State of Canada's Ecosystems | Maps & Satellite Photos of Ontario | Canadian Topographic Maps | Canadian Air Photo Library | Atlas of the Biosphere (downloadable) | National Geographic Maps | Maps in Canada | Maps and Mapping Links & Resources

Environmental Studies Programmes in Canada – a directory of undergraduate and graduate environmental studies programmes at universities across Canada. (click "resources") (see also Learning Centres & Places | Books | Bookstores | Magazines | Libraries | Environmental & Alternative Media)

Environmental Calendars Directory – directory of calendars of environmental events, courses, workshops and activities, broken down by location. Covers Ontario, Canada and North America. (See also the Ontario-wide P&PF Calendar).

Environmental Employment Directory – Directory of green employment, internship, apprenticeship and volunteering, mostly in Canada and the USA.

Resource Library for the Environment and the LawOver 23,000 titles, including 2,000 topical research files. The collection reflects the multidisciplinary nature of many environmental issues, including both environmental law and policy, as well as information on fields ranging from environmental science and technology to community education and participation. Areas of particular strength include environmental assessment, environmental law, forestry, Great Lakes, land use, pesticides, toxic substances, trade issues, environmental health, waste management and water quality. Located in the offices of the Canadian Environmental Law Association, 130 Spadina Avenue, Suite 301, Toronto. Homepage | Catalogue Search | Bibliographies (books, reports, articles)

Sustainability Network – helping environmental nonprofits become more effective and efficient. Services, events, workshops, publications, online info. (click "Capacity Building Tools" for many online and off-line resources and services).

PlanetVote election, politics and government portal with a focus on peace and environment. Includes a directory of resources, government, watchdog organizations, websites, media, discussion forum and e-mail list. Covers federal, Ontario provincial and municipal elections.

Ethno-Cultural Organizations and The Environment – Ontario survey and directory. Downloadable PDF document: (2). Ethnicity Links

Anti-Poverty Groups in Ontario (2) (3)

Environment Industry Directories

This section is primarily concerned with environmental industry – companies and government agencies that provide solutions for municipal, commercial and industrial systems (e.g. waste disposal, water treatment). For consumer and family-oriented businesses, products and services, see section (B) above (Sustainable Living, Eco-Retailers, Organics, Green Gifts); Green Communities; and the Local & Regional section, below.

Ontario Environment Business Directory – searchable online and downloadable as a PDF file. (See also the Ontario Environment Industry Association

Canadian Environmental Directory – "everything you need to access the Canadian environmental industry" – libraries and resource centres; trade shows & conferences; environmental law firms; provincial/federal acts and regulations; major Canadian companies with key environmental contacts. Available in print, CD-ROM or downloadable PDF format. Links page:
(See also the Canadian Environment Industry Association

Canadian Environmental Directory (CED) – published quarterly, includes "environmental consultants; eco-friendly companies; environmental lawyers; products and services; conservation organizations; environment media; recycling groups; government departments; manufacturers; policy and legislative analysis; associations and activists; website index. Easily accessed using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel." Annual subscription fee: $297 US.

Environmental Products & Services (mostly USA) (2)
Consumer & Family:

More Environmental Directories & Portals

Canadian Environmental Organizations
Healthy Communities Coalition
Green Communities Association
Stewardship Councils of Ontario
Stewardship Canada (click "stewardship directories")
Conservation Authorities in Ontario (or print guide)
Great Lakes Remedial Action Plans (see also)
Great Lakes Directory (2) (more)
Canadian Peace Alliance | Peace Links Society/Issues/Peace/ (2)
Youth Environmental Network
Charity Village

USA & International:
Sustainable Communities Network (print and searchable online edition)
US Environmental Directories

More: (Canada, USA & International)

Community Networks

"Realizing that communication and information are increasingly dependent on networked digital information, community activists all over the world – often in collaboration with government agencies, non-profits, or businesses – are developing community computer network systems. These projects, generally called community networks, are free or very inexpensive to use and, unlike commercial systems whose primary aim is to make a profit, the primary aim of community networks is to support the local community."

Web Networks (Canada) (community directory, news & events)
Toronto Free-Net (Toronto) (Ottawa) (community directory; mailing lists)
National Capital Freenet (Ottawa)
Other communities: directory of Community Networks & Freenets (USA, Canada, International)

Community Network Movement

Also related:
The Open Directory Project
"the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web; constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors." (2) (3)
The Open Source Movement (2)
Internet Activism (2)

Local & Regional Directories

Search by Location – Many of the directories and portals listed above can be searched by location. For example, the Ontario Environmental Directory includes a search form that lets you search by city/town, postal code, area code or region of Ontario. A quick keyword search achieves similar results. Or try these direct links to communities and regions of Ontario. Similarly, the P&PF Calendar can be searched by location. The Directory of Calendars is also broken down by location.

OEN Regional Networking – the Ontario Environment Network's new Regional Networking initiative: Eastern Ontario | Central Ontario | Southwestern Ontario | Golden Horseshoe / Niagara Penisula | Northeastern Ontario | Northwestern Ontario | Greater Toronto Area

Local Directories (within Ontario) – here are some direct links to local directories and resources. This is by no means a complete list, although it may grow with time:

Cities, Towns, Counties and Regions (Ontario and Canada) – These directories are from the Open Directory Project, the largest human-edited directory of the web. Some of the localities include local Science & Environment sections. Also related: local sections on Government, Society & Culture, Transportation, Education, Health and Business & Economy.


(C) Internet Directories & Search Engines - Environment

Open Directory Project - Environment – "the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web; constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors." Canada & Ontario:
Top/homepage: (serves as the basis for the Directory section of Google,, and others)

Google Directory - Environment Canada & Ontario:

Social Issues & Activism - Links & Directories (2) (2) (2)

More Internet Directories & Search Engines

[Editor's note: Google is a for-profit corporation. Its directory section is based on the Open Directory Project, "the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web, constructed and maintained by a vast global community of volunteer editors", which can be accessed directly at The creation and support of independent directories, portals and lists is important for freedom of speech and democracy. Public events, face-to-face networking, volunteering and activism are of equal or greater importance].


(D) Environmental & Alternative Media

Environmental & Alternative Media Guide

Environmental Book Publishers, Catalogues, Bookstores, Libraries

Environmental Magazines

Environmental Film & Video

Daily Environmental News
Daily Grist
EnviroLink News Service
Environmental News Network (ENN)
Lycos Environmental News Service (ENS)
Planet Ark (Reuters)
Environmental & Alternative Media Guide


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