Forward Regulatory Plan 2021 to 2023, Environment and Climate Change Canada, chapter 2

Chemicals management

Regulations Amending the Concentration of Phosphorus in Certain Cleaning Products Regulations: Part 2

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The phosphorus limits in the existing Concentration of Phosphorus in Certain Cleaning Products Regulations do not apply to products used for metal cleaning or degreasing. The regulations will be amended to clarify that the limits do not apply to products used exclusively to clean metal or for degreasing.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative does not respond to an issue or concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is not associated with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulatory stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This initiative is a clarification of the existing regulatory requirements and linkages with other regulatory initiatives are not expected.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Potential impacts of this regulatory initiative will be addressed and evaluated as consultations progress.

Consultations

Environment and Climate Change Canada proposed an amendment to clarify that the phosphorus concentration limits in the regulations only apply to products used exclusively for metal cleaning and degreasing as part of a series of amendments that relate to WTO requirements and laboratory accreditation. Following stakeholder feedback, ECCC decided to defer the metal cleaner and degreaser amendment to allow for additional consultations on this issue.

A consultation document was published on January 10, 2017 for a 30-day public comment period.

The proposed amendment was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on March 31, 2018 for a 75-day public comment period. Further consultations with implicated stakeholders on the metal cleaner and degreaser amendment took place in 2019.

Publication of the final regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II is targeted for 2022.

Further information

Further information on this regulatory initiative can be obtained by emailing ec.produits.products.ec@canada.ca

ECCC contact

Alex Cavadias
Acting Director, Products Division
Telephone: 819-938-3705
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: alex.cavadias@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

2012-2014 Forward Regulatory Plan

Regulations Amending the Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing, and Reverse Etching Regulations – Phase 2

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed amendments will provide more flexibility to comply with the regulations, clarify regulatory requirements and modernize requirements.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative does not respond to an issue or concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is associated with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulatory stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

The proposed amendments will provide additional flexibility for regulatees, strengthen operational practices and testing requirements, and better align the requirements with those in place both provincially and in the U.S.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposed amendments will affect the metal finishing industry.

Amendments are expected to result in an annual net reduction in administrative burden to all regulatees.

Consultations

Environment and Climate Change Canada conducted an online public consultation concerning the proposed regulatory amendments in summer 2014. A second consultation was held in the fall of 2017.

The Department is targeting publication of the proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2021 for a 60-day public comment period.

Further information

For more information, refer to the current regulations or see the CEPA Registry webpage

ECCC contact

Nicole Folliet
Director, Chemical Production Division
Telephone: 819-420-7708
Fax: 819-938-4218
Email: nicole.folliet@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

2012-2014 Forward Regulatory Plan.

Regulations Amending the New Substances Notification Regulations (Organisms)

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

In order to keep pace with recent scientific advances, respond to transparency recommendations made by the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on strengthening CEPA, and to prepare for program priorities that are part of the Chemicals Management Plan Post 2020, the following amendments to the Regulations are being proposed:

  1. The addition of new information schedules for importers and manufacturers of higher organisms, so that the notification timelines and information requirements are tiered, based on the proposed use/exposure of the organism and that facilitate public comment as notifications are received;
  2. Based on 20+ years of experience, revamped requirements for micro-organisms to provide a better identification of metabolites of micro-organisms released from contained manufacture, better definitions and exemptions, dealing with consortia (a microbial community of unknown/incomplete taxonomic identification), and changed timelines to allow for public comment; and
  3. Amendments to the exclusions and information schedules will reduce, rationalize or remove regulatory requirements for organisms such as Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer cattle and swine clones and those used in biologic drugs (e.g. gene therapies and vaccines.)

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative does not respond to an issue or concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is associated with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulatory stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

Regulatory cooperation efforts were undertaken domestically with departments and agencies in Canada that are involved directly or indirectly in biotechnology. As well, international frameworks were considered aiming to align the proposed regulatory initiative with international practices.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposed initiative will provide better oversight for animate products of biotechnology and protect Canadians and the environment from potential risks. The proposed amendments will affect manufacturers and importers of new higher organisms and microorganisms not on the Domestic Substances List. Changes have the potential to benefit international trade or investment by reducing barriers that affect Canadian competitiveness. In addition, changes will enhance Canadians’ access to novel and life-saving biologic drugs, such as gene therapies, by removing unnecessary barriers to rapid regulatory approval of clinical trials.

Consultations

Consultations were held in 2006, 2007, 2009 and most recently June 1-2, 2016, by face-to-face and by webinar for the higher organisms amendments. Additional consultation related to transparency in the New Substances Program took place in May 2018 at the CMP multi-stakeholder workshop and was also part of the Post-2020 consultation process in 2020.

The proposed amendments are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2023 for a 60-day public comment period.

Further information

Should you need more information, please contact the New Substances Program at substances@canada.ca

Consultation document (of historical notes)

ECCC contact

Bratati Kar
Biotechnology Section
Telephone: 819-938-5808
Fax: 819-994-3121
Email: bratati.kar@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

2014-2016 Forward Regulatory Plan

Regulations Amending the Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

Under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) the federal government must be notified immediately upon the release or likely release of a regulated substance.

The Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations designate, for the regulated community and the public, the contact information of the organization providing 24‑hour emergency telephone service to which notifications are to be made on behalf of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The proposed amendments will not change how the regulations function, but reduce the need for future amendments, as well as update references to recently amended statutes and regulations. Related to: Regulations Amending the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative does not respond to an issue or concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is not associated with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulatory stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

The administrative changes also reflect updates to Transport Canada’s Pollutant Discharge Reporting Regulations, 1995 incorporated as Part 3 in the Pollutant Discharge Reporting – into the new Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, as they are referenced in our regulations.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

No impacts on Canadians or business as a result of proposed amendments to the regulations.

Consultations

The Department is targeting pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2021 for a 60-day public comment period.

Further information

Additional information may be obtained using the contact below.

ECCC contact

Tanya Bryant
Director, Environmental Emergencies Division
Telephone: 819-934-4072
Fax: 819-420-7624
Email: tanya.bryant@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

2016-2018 Forward Regulatory Plan Update

Regulations Prohibiting the Manufacture and Import of Lead Wheel Weights in Canada

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed regulations will prohibit the manufacture and import of wheel weights that contain more than 0.1% by weight of lead used in vehicles designed to operate on Canadian roads or those required to be registered under a province or territory in Canada.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative does not respond to an issue or concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is not associated with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulatory stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

There are no international or domestic agreements or cooperation initiatives related to lead in products. However, Canada like the rest of the world, has been phasing-out lead in all products since it is internationally recognized that even small quantities could have an impact on human health.

The proposed regulations will align Canada with existing regulations regarding the manufacture and import of lead wheel weights in the United States (California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Washington), the European Union, and Japan, which have already implemented prohibitions for lead wheel weights on vehicles.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposed regulations will directly impact one Canadian manufacturer and a number of importers/distributors, as most wheel weights used in Canada are imported. The incremental costs of replacement could range from $0.01 to $0.07 per wheel weight and it is estimated that 32 million wheel weights may need to be replaced annually. Some of these costs will be passed on to Canadian consumers.

Stakeholders indirectly affected by the regulations include downstream users, repair shops, car dealers, tire dealers, secondary lead smelters, scrap yards, recyclers, and scrap metal brokers. For example, this measure may impact facilities within the lead recycling sector by reducing their lead feedstock.

Impacts on international trade have not yet been evaluated.

Consultations

In 2014, ECCC held consultations on proposed risk management options to encourage the use of alternatives to lead wheel weights.

In spring 2017, ECCC consulted on a regulatory approach to prohibit the manufacture and import of lead wheel weights.

The Department is targeting publication of the proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2021 for a 60-day public comment period.

Further information

Additional information may be obtained using the contact below.

ECCC contact

Alex Cavadias
Acting Director, Products Division
Telephone: 819-938-3705
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: alex.cavadias@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

2017-2019 Forward Regulatory Plan

Orders Adding Substances to Schedule 1 to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

From time to time, the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health will recommend further orders under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA), which authorizes the Governor-in-Council to add substances concluded to be “toxic” to Schedule 1 of CEPA.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative does not respond to an issue or concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is not associated with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulatory stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

As part of the risk assessment process, Canada considers the approach and conclusion of other countries.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

As mandated by CEPA, risk assessments are published for a 60-day comment period before a substance is added to Schedule 1 of CEPA. The public and other stakeholders are consulted on the assessment of costs and benefits of any risk management proposals associated with risk assessments. Regulatory Impact Analysis Statements (RIAS) are published with Orders adding substances to Schedule 1 of CEPA.

Consultations

The proposed orders will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period. Timing and further details of proposed additions are to be determined.

Further information

List of published risk assessments

ECCC contact

Thomas Kruidenier
Acting Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
Telephone: 1-800-567-1999
Fax: 819-938-3231
Email: eccc.substances.eccc@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

2012-2014 Forward Regulatory Plan

Amendments to the Products Containing Mercury Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The Products Containing Mercury Regulations (the regulations) have been in effect since November 8, 2015. They prohibit the manufacture and import of products containing mercury or any of its compounds, with some exemptions.

Minor changes must be made to three product categories exempted from the regulations to fully align them with the requirements of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which entered into force on August 16, 2017.

Other amendments are proposed to align with recent industry standards and international regulatory initiatives for mercury-containing products, to improve certain administrative aspects of the regulations and to remove or add end dates for some exemptions in the regulations, such as compact fluorescent lamps.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative does not respond to an issue or concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is associated with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulatory stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This initiative aims to align Canada with the requirements of the Minamata Convention on Mercury for mercury-containing products, and other international initiatives where possible.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

This initiative will increase the environmental and health benefits of the regulations by further reducing mercury in products in Canada. This initiative will create a more level-playing field for companies by aligning further with international initiatives. Some importers and manufacturers of mercury-containing products that will be prohibited may be impacted. These impacts will be minimal, since mercury-free options are available.

Consultations

A consultation document outlining the regulatory proposal was published on February 1, 2018, for a 60-day comment period.

The Department is targeting publication of the proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2021 for a 75-day public comment period.

Further information

Further information is available through the CEPA Registry – Products Containing Mercury Regulations

ECCC contact

Alex Cavadias
Acting Director, Products Division
Telephone: 819-938-3705
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: alex.cavadias@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

2018-2020 Forward Regulatory Plan

Proposed Regulations Amending the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

This initiative would remove or provide time limits for exemptions for perfluorooctane sulfonate, its salts and precursors (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid, its salts and precursors (PFOA), long chain perfluorocarboxylic acids, their salts and precursors (LC-PFCAs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) to further restrict the manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale and import of these substances, and products that contain them. It would also prohibit the manufacture, import, use, sale and offer for sale of dechlorane plus (DP) and decabromodiphenyl ethane (DBDPE), and products that contain them.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative responds to an issue or concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is not associated with the department’s regulatory stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This initiative is aligned, to the extent applicable, with the objectives of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

For some of the substances, there may be business impacts affecting various sectors and supply chains, including plastic and rubber materials, electrical and electronic equipment, adhesives and sealants, automotive, aircraft, transportation, and recycling.

Consultations

A Notice of intent to amend the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on October 13, 2018, for a 30-day public comment period.

A consultation document describing the proposed regulatory approach was published on the CEPA Registry on December 20, 2018, for a 60-day public comment period.

The proposed amendments are targeted for publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in fall 2021 for a 75-day public comment period.

Further information

For additional information on this initiative, please visit: https://Canada.ca/prohibited-chemical-substances, or contact the ECCC contact identified below.

Webpage Let’s talk whales: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/whalereview-revuebaleine/index-eng.html

ECCC contact

Christina Paradiso
Executive Director, Chemicals Management Division
Telephone: 819-938-4590
Fax: 819-938-4340
Email: christina.paradiso@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

2019-2021 Forward Regulatory Plan

Amendments to the Export Control List in Schedule 3 to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

Amendments to the Export Control List (ECL) are proposed to add several substances for which the use is being prohibited or further restricted in Canada under the proposed amendments to the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012. One pesticide is also proposed to be added to the ECL pursuant to a regulatory action under the Pest Control Products Act, prohibiting its use in December 2021.

Other changes to the ECL are also proposed to reflect the outcomes of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (Rotterdam Convention) and to align the description of certain listings with domestic risk management instruments and international agreements.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative does not respond to an issue or concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is not associated with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulatory stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This initiative does not require regulatory cooperation efforts.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Potential impacts of this regulatory initiative will be addressed and evaluated as consultations progress.

The proposed amendments will ensure Canada’s continued compliance with international export obligations under multilateral environmental agreements such as the Rotterdam Convention.

Consultations

A consultation document describing the proposed regulatory approach was published on the CEPA Registry on March 12, 2020, for a 30-day public comment period which ended on May 22, 2020.

The proposed amendments are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I in 2021, for a 75-day comment period.

Further information

Further information is available through the CEPA Registry.

ECCC contact

Nicole Folliet
Director, Chemical Production Division
Telephone: 819-420-7708
Fax: 819-938-4218
Email: nicole.folliet@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

2020-2022 Forward Regulatory Plan

Regulations to ban harmful single-use plastics and establish performance requirements for plastic products

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed regulatory initiative will further the Government of Canada’s commitments towards zero plastic waste, including by banning single-use plastics that cause harm, where warranted and supported by scientific evidence, and establishing performance standards for plastic products to increase their environmental performance and stimulate demand for recycled products.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative does not respond to an issue or concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is not associated with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulatory stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

The proposed regulatory initiative will be undertaken to further the goals agreed to by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment in its Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste. Environment and Climate Change Canada is working closely with provinces and territories to implement the strategy in a collaborative manner. This will involve ensuring regulations enacted by jurisdictions are complementary and together support Canada’s move to a circular economy for plastics.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposed regulatory initiative will apply to businesses involved in the plastics value chain, such as production, sale, and value recovery. Stakeholder groups that may be affected include:

  • manufacturers of plastic products;
  • importers, distributors and sellers of plastic products; and
  • businesses that collect, transport, process or recover the value of end-of-life plastic products.

There is not an expectation of significant impacts on international trade or investment, though imports of plastic products may be affected. The extent of any effects on imports will be determined as regulatory instruments are developed.

Consultations

The input of stakeholders and other parties, including organizations throughout the plastic value chain, will be important in the development of regulatory instruments under this initiative. Stakeholders will be consulted through a variety of methods, as appropriate, such as webinars, written comments, and virtual or in person meetings as soon as possible.

In addition, formal consultation periods will be held upon publication of each proposed instrument in the Canada Gazette, Part I targeting 2021.

Further information

Further information is available on the Government of Canada’s website at canada.ca/zero-plastic-waste

ECCC contact

Tracey Spack
Director, Plastics and Waste Management Directorate
Telephone: 819-938-4209
Email: tracey.spack2@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

2020-2022 Forward Regulatory Plan

Regulations Amending the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations have been in effect since September, 2009. The regulations set maximum VOC concentration limits for 53 categories of architectural coatings.

Since the regulations were published, more stringent VOC concentration limits have been established across a range of coatings categories, in various jurisdictions in the U.S.

These amendments would update VOC concentration limits for a number of coating categories and help clarify the regulations. Some definitions and provisions will be revised, for example, anti-bundling language for the small container exemption will be added.

The stock review exercise initiated for these regulations will help identify any additional changes required to strengthen their effectiveness and performance.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative does not respond to an issue or concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is associated with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulatory stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

These regulatory amendments will further align the regulations with the Ozone Transport Commission requirements.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Given that VOC emissions are precursors to ground-level ozone and smog, continued action on the reduction of VOC emissions will generate environmental and health benefits that have positive economic impacts.

Changes to the regulations have the potential to impact Canadian architectural coating manufacturers and importers as the reformulation of certain products will be necessary to meet the reduced VOC concentration limits. Some of these costs could be passed on to Canadian consumers.

Consultations

A consultation document outlining the regulatory proposal will be published in spring 2021 for a 30-day public comment period.

The Department is targeting publication of the proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2022 for a 60-day public comment period.

Further information

Additional information may be obtained using the contact below.

ECCC contact

Alex Cavadias
Acting Director, Products Division
Telephone: 819-938-3705
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: alex.cavadias@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

2020-2022 Forward Regulatory Plan

Regulations Amending the PCB Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The Department has initiated stakeholder pre-consultation on potential amendments that would address compliance challenges related to radioactive PCB waste. Views have also been sought on restrictions related to the import and export of PCB waste.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative does not respond to an issue or concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is not associated with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulatory stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This initiative does not require regulatory cooperation efforts.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Impacts will be assessed during the regulatory development process.

Consultations

Stakeholder pre-consultation was initiated via a discussion document that was published on September 24, 2020 for a 60-day consultation period. Comments received are being considered in the development of draft amendments. The Department is targeting publication of proposed amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part I, by 2022 for a 60-day public comment period.

Further information

Additional information may be obtained at ec.bpc-pcb.ec@canada.ca.

ECCC contact

Nathalie Perron
Director, Waste Reduction and Management Division
Telephone: 819-938-4266
Fax: 819-938-4553
Email: nathalie.perron@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

2020-2022 Forward Regulatory Plan

Regulations Prohibiting the Manufacture and Import of Coal Tar Based Sealant and Coating Products

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The assessment of coal tar concluded in 2021 that the substance constitutes a risk to the environment and to human life or health and will be added to the List of Toxic Substances under CEPA. The risk management objective proposed for coal tar-based sealant products is to eliminate releases from coal tar-based sealant products to protect human health and the environment.

To achieve this risk management objective, a regulation to prohibit the import and manufacture of coal tar-based sealant products in Canada is being developed. This approach will eliminate further releases and exposure from refined coal tar-based sealant products.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative does not respond to an issue or concern raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is not associated with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s regulatory stock review plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This initiative does not require regulatory cooperation efforts.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The regulations are expected to protect human health and the environment by eliminating further releases and exposure from refined coal tar-based sealant products.

There may be some business impacts for the importers and manufacturers of these products. However, these impacts are expected to be minimal, since alternatives to coal tar products are widely available.

Consultations

A 30-day consultation is being planned for summer 2021 to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to provide input on the proposal.

The proposed regulations are targeted for publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I in early 2022 for a 75-day comment period.

Further information

Further information is available through the CEPA Registry.

ECCC contact

Alex Cavadias
Acting Director, Products Division
Telephone: 819-938-3705
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: alex.cavadias@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

2021-2023 Forward Regulatory Plan

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