EcoSchools Canada


Mission Statement

Our mission is to nurture environmental leaders, reduce the ecological impact of schools, and build environmentally responsible school communities.


Since 2002, EcoSchools Canada’s award-winning program has provided independent, third-party verification for schools and outdoor education centres. We are the largest bilingual, voluntary environmental certification program for K-12 schools in Canada.
In addition to school certification, we support all levels of the education sector through training workshops and webinars, annual conferenceseducational resources, and fundraising opportunities.
View our 2018-19 Annual Report for more information. 
EcoSchools Canada is the Canadian National Operator of the international EcoSchools program, overseen by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). FEE is endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and is closely aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As an Affiliate Member of FEE, EcoSchools Canada is part of a community of 67 other national EcoSchools programs around the globe.

Program Details

How EcoSchools certification works

K-12 schools apply for EcoSchools certification by demonstrating achievements in environmental learning and action. Actions such as walking to school, bringing in a waste-free lunch, and promoting water conservation can earn a school points towards certification. We assess each school based on a standard established over 10 years of benchmarking. The depth and extent of the environmental actions over the course of a school year will determine the school’s final certification level.
Becoming a certified EcoSchool represents environmental excellence for K-12 schools in Canada. Currently, EcoSchools certification is offered to schools in Ontario and selected pilot regions across Canada. Our goal is to open the certification to all schools across the country in 2022.
EcoSchools Canada also provides lesson plans, campaign kits, videos, webinars and much more. Learn more at
Primary Issue
Climate Change
360 Dufferin St Unit 102
Toronto, ON M6K1Z8
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