Forward Regulatory Plan 2018 to 2020, Environment and Climate Change Canada, chapter 4

Environmental Emergencies

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives

Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2018

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999


The existing Environmental Emergency Regulations will be repealed and replaced by the new Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2018. The new Regulations strengthen the existing regulations, by adding substances to the current list of 215 regulated substances, clarifying environmental emergency plan requirements, and introducing periodic reporting.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.


Environment and Climate Change Canada conducted preliminary consultations in 2013–2014 using a variety of means to inform and consult, including its website, electronic surveys and online meetings. Over 300 responses were received. A summary of the responses was posted on the Environmental Emergencies website.

The proposed regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part I on October 8, 2016 for a 60-day comment period. Over 60 written submissions received during the comment period are being considered in the development of the final Regulations. A summary of the response is targeted for publication on the Environmental Emergency website in late 2018/early 2019. The publication of the final regulation in the Canada Gazette, Part II, is targeted for 2019.


Tanya Bryant
Acting Director, Environmental Emergencies
Telephone: 819-938-4072
Fax: 819-420-7624

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