Canada

Nuclear-weapon endorser

Did not participate in TPNW negotiations

Has not yet joined TPNW

Canada supports the retention and potential use of nuclear weapons on its behalf, as indicated by its endorsement of various alliance statements of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), of which it is a member.

Canada has not yet signed or ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It did not participate in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and thus did not vote on its adoption. 

In a statement in Geneva in February 2018, the then-minister for foreign affairs of Canada, Chrystia Freeland, said that the “popularity” of the treaty “speaks to the desire of countries, activists, and communities to accelerate the work toward disarmament” and “reflects frustration and disappointment at the pace of global efforts so far”.

Canada’s New Democratic Party and Green Party have criticised the Liberal government for its failure to sign the treaty. The government voted against a parliamentary motion in 2017 urging it to sign the treaty.

Several Canadian cities, including Toronto and Vancouver, have urged the Canadian government to sign and ratify the treaty.

Setsuko Thurlow, a renowned disarmament campaigner and survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, who jointly accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in 2017, has repeatedly called on the Canadian government to change its stance.

Canada voted against a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019 that welcomed the adoption of the treaty and called upon “all states that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve, or accede to the treaty at the earliest possible date”.

In 2016, Canada voted against the UN General Assembly resolution that established the formal mandate for states to commence the negotiations in 2017 on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

In a “non-paper” sent to NATO members ahead of the vote, the United States “strongly encourage[d]” members, including Canada, to vote against the resolution, “not to merely abstain”. In addition, it said that, if the treaty negotiations do commence, allies and partners should "refrain from joining them”.

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  • Anglican Church of Canada

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  • Canadian Pugwash Group

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    Canadian Quakers 
  • Green Party of Canada

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  • Hamilton City Council

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  • Peace Watch Unitarians 
  • Physicians for Global Survival

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  • Project Ploughshares

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  • Powell River City Council

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  • Religious Society of Friends 
  • Rideau Institute / Ceasefire.ca

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  • Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation 

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  • Saskatchewan Medical Association

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  • Science for Peace

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  • Vision GRAM-International 

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  • Voice of Women Nova Scotia

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  • Canadian Voice of Women for Peace 

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  • Nonviolence International Canada

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  • Mines Action Canada 

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  • Sudbury noon Rotary Club 

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ICAN Cities Appeal

These are the cities and towns in this country speaking out in support of the TPNW:

Toronto

North Saanich, BC

Saanich, BC

Sooke, BC

Vancouver, BC

Victoria, BC

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

ICAN Parliamentary Pledge

These are the elected representatives in this country that support and promote the TPNW:

Daniel Blaikie MP
Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet MP
François Choquette MP
Don Davies MP
Linda Duncan MP
Cheryl Hardcastle MP
Carol Hughes MP
Gord Johns MP
Hélène Laverdière MP
Sheila Malcolmson MP*
Irene Mathyssen MP
Elizabeth May MP
Thomas Mulcair MP*
Randall Garrison MP
Paul Manly MP