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SHAPING THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

The Institute for Sustainable Finance is a multi-disciplinary network of research and professional development that brings together academia, the private sector, and government to shape Canada’s innovations in sustainable finance.

Our Mandate

The Institute is at the intersection of sustainability and finance. Our Mission is to align mainstream financial markets with Canada’s transition to a prosperous sustainable economy. Read more

Sustainable Investing

Find opportunity and manage risk

April 15-17, 2020
Toronto

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Mark Carney

“As long as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise and with them climate-related financial risks, central banks, supervisors, and financial institutions will continue to raise the bar to address these climate-related risks and to ‘green’ the financial system. We need collective leadership and action across countries and we need to be ambitious.”

Mark Carney
Governor, Bank of England

What is Sustainable Finance?

The Canadian Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance defines it as: capital flows, risk management activities, and financial processes that assimilate environmental and social factors as a means of promoting sustainable economic growth and the long-term sustainability of the financial system.

In its simplest form, this means aligning our financial systems and services to promote long-term environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. Learn more about Sustainable Finance through our Primer Series.

February 12, 2020

Canada's Ontario province prices C$500 mln green bond - finance ministry

"TORONTO — Ontario, one of the world’s largest sub-sovereign debtors, priced on Wednesday a C$500 million ($377 million) 7-year green bond, the finance ministry said, with strong demand helping the province to borrow at a better rate than for its regular bonds."

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February 12, 2020

BlackRock Drives ESG With New ETFs and Draws a $600 Million Investment

BlackRock announced the investment of $600 million by Ilmarinen, Finland’s largest pension insurance company, into a new ESG fund and the expansion of its iShares ESG lineup. The two announcements indicate the increased popularity of ESG, or environmental, social and governance, investing.

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