Forward Regulatory Plan 2019 to 2021, Environment and Climate Change Canada, chapter 2

Chemicals management

Regulations Amending the Concentration of Phosphorus in Certain Cleaning Products Regulations: Part 1

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

Canada is bound by the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation, which modernizes and simplifies customs and border procedures for all WTO members. Legislative amendments were made to CEPA under Bill C-13 in December 2016 to enable Canada to ratify the Agreement. The proposed Regulations Amending the Concentration of Phosphorus in Certain Cleaning Products Regulations will ensure consistency with Canada’s international obligations under this Agreement by exempting cleaning products in transit through Canada. The amendments will also revise the provisions related to laboratory accreditation to be consistent with other regulations of the Department.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative responds to an issue related laboratory accreditation 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 amendments are being made to ensure Canada is consistent with the international obligations under the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

These amendments are not expected to have any impact on stakeholders.

Consultations

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. The publication of the final amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part II, is targeted for 2019.

Further information

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

ECCC Contact

Tracey Spack
Director, Products Division
Telephone: 819-938-4209
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: tracey.spack2@canada.ca

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

 2016-2018 Forward Regulatory Plan Update

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 the amendments targeted for publication in spring 2019 that relate to World Trade Organization (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 with the WTO requirement and lab accreditation amendments in the 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 will take place in 2019.

Further information

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

ECCC Contact

Tracey Spack
Director, Products Division
Telephone: 819-938-4209
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: tracey.spack2@canada.ca

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

2016-2018 Forward Regulatory Plan Update

Cross-Border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The Regulations will repeal and replace the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations, the Interprovincial Movement of Hazardous Waste Regulations and the PCB Waste Export Regulations, 1996. While maintaining the core permitting and movement tracking requirements of the former regulations, the Regulations will:

  • be consolidated and streamlined to ensure greater clarity and consistency of the regulatory requirements; 
  • provide the flexibility required to more efficiently implement the electronic movement tracking system under development; 
  • adjust the scope and harmonize the definitions of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material between international and interprovincial movements; and
  • improve the management of permits and the overall administration of the Regulations. 

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

The Regulations will also respond to issues raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations. These issues include English and French consistency in the Interprovincial Movement of Hazardous Waste Regulations and English and French consistency and outdated references in the PCB Waste Export Regulations, 1996.

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)

Cooperation with the U.S. will continue throughout the current regulatory development and implementation process. The proposed Regulations will contribute to further regulatory alignment with the U.S. by reducing regulatory differences and increasing regulatory compatibility. Efforts to increase linkages between systems and alleviate administrative burden for governments and industry on both sides of the border are also being made.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposed Regulations will reduce human and environmental exposure to hazardous goods, since the same waste and recyclable material will be considered hazardous under Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) when moving between provinces and territories and moving internationally. The proposed Regulations will result in a small incremental increase in compliance and administrative costs, mainly due to additional hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable materials controlled when moved between provinces and territories.

Consultations

Stakeholder consultations were undertaken in 2017 via a discussion document.  A Response to Stakeholder Comments was published in December 2018. 

The proposed Cross-border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Materials Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period on December 15, 2018. The Department is targeting publishing the final Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II, in 2020.

Further information

Further information is available through the CEPA Registry – Cross-Border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations.

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

2012-2014 Forward Regulatory Plan

Omnibus Regulation to Amend Laboratory Accreditation Provisions in Various Regulations 

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

This regulation will clarify and standardize the laboratory accreditation provision within the following regulations:

  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) Regulations;
  • 2-Butoxyethanol Regulations;
  • Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations;
  • Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

This initiative responds to a number of issues raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR). In May 2014 the SJCSR raised concern that the laboratory accreditation provisions in Regulations Amending the PCB Regulations and Repealing the Federal Mobile PCB Treatment and Destruction Regulations were unclear as to what bodies could be considered accrediting bodies. The SJCSR also noted an inconsistency between the French and English text which will be remedied by the proposed amendments.

Amendments to the Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations also responds to concerns raised by the SJCSR in February 2018 regarding consistency of terms with the Food and Drug Regulations, and redundancy in the definition of toiletries. 

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 amendments will bring the laboratory accreditation requirements into alignment with Canada’s commitment to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, which encourages the recognition of the conformity assessment procedures in other countries.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Except for the PCB regulations, the proposal will not result in any significant impact on regulatees. The proposal will reduce administrative costs for two Canadian firms which import colouring pigments containing PCBs by removing the requirement to determine the concentration and quantity of PCBs through a laboratory that is accredited by a Canadian accrediting body.

Consultations

For the amendments related to laboratory accreditation, the Department undertook extensive consultations with the Standards Council of Canada and with the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation. Both organizations are supportive of the proposed changes to the laboratory accreditation provisions. The remaining amendments to improve clarity and consistency of regulatory texts are minor in nature and therefore no consultations were held with stakeholders prior to prepublication.

The proposed regulations are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2019 for a 60-day public comment period.

Further information

Additional information may be obtained using the contact below.

ECCC Contact

Astrid Télasco
Director, Regulatory Innovation and Management Systems
Telephone: 819-938-4478
Fax: 819-938-4480
Email: astrid.telasco@canada.ca

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

2017-2019 Forward Regulatory Plan Update

Regulations Amending the Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing, and Reverse Etching Regulations – Phase 1

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed amendments will address issues raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR) on the Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing, and Reverse Etching Regulations. The Department will also propose amendments to the Regulations that will be administrative in nature.

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

In May 2018, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change committed to publish the proposed Regulations Amending the Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing and Reverse Etching Regulations by Fall 2018 and the final regulations by Spring 2020. To rapidly address the concerns raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR), the department split the amendments into two phases. Phase 1 of the proposed Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 15, 2018 and addressed the concerns raised by the SJCSR in 2012 and 2015, including inconsistencies between English and French versions of the Regulations and lack of clarity regarding laboratory accreditation requirements.

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 proposed Amendments are expected to result in a very minor reduction of compliance costs to businesses, including small businesses.

Consultations

The proposed amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 15, 2018 for a 60-day public comment period. 

Final publication in Canada Gazette, Part II is targeted for 2020.

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 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 and will clarify regulatory requirements.

The proposed amendments will affect the metal finishing industry.

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 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 the summer of 2014. A second consultation was held in the fall of 2017.

The Department is targeting publishing the proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2020 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, amendments to subsection 2(4) and section 4 of 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
  2. New Research and Development (R&D) exemption criteria, with mandatory reporting of all decisions made by a "qualified designated authority" that a new higher organism meets exemption criteria.

The proposed amendments will affect manufacturers and importers of new higher organisms, including those in the R&D sector working at universities, hospitals, other institutes and private companies.

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)

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 over research involving higher organisms derived from biotechnology and protect Canadians and the environment from potential risks. The proposed amendments will affect manufacturers and importers of new higher organisms, including those in the research and development sector working at universities, hospitals, other institutes and private companies. No significant impact is expected on international trade or investment. 

The changed requirements for research reporting will affect the research sector within hospitals, universities, and private companies conducting research using higher organisms (e.g. laboratory mice, rats and zebrafish, fruit flies, mosquitoes, livestock). ‘Designated authorities’ within these institutions will have to submit short reports to the Government prior to the commencement of the research.  Also, businesses will face longer assessment periods to accommodate the need for more time for public involvement. The changes in assessment periods are not expected to have significant impacts on international trade as most other G8 economies will still have assessment periods in excess of those in Canada. 

Consultations

Consultations were held in 2006, 2007, 2009 and most recently in June 1-2, 2016 by face-to-face and by webinar. Additional consultation related to transparency in the New Substances Program took place in May 2018 at the CMP multi-stakeholder workshop and will also be part of the Post-2020 consultation process in 2019.

The proposed amendments are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2020 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

Jim Louter
Manager, Biotechnology Section
Telephone: 819-938-5057
Fax: 819-994-3121
Email: jim.louter@canada.ca 

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

2014-2016 Forward Regulatory Plan

Regulations Repealing the Chlor-Alkali Mercury Release Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

This regulation is no longer required and is therefore being repealed. The last Canadian mercury cell plant closed in June 2008. It is unlikely that any new chlorine production facilities in Canada will use mercury cell technology, since there are now alternate mercury-free processes available, and Canada’s ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in 2013 requires a phase-out of mercury.

Consequential amendments are also being made to repeal item 2 of the Schedule to the Regulations Designating Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999).

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 Minamata Convention on Mercury requires that mercury cell processes used in chlor-alkali production be phased out by 2025. As such, these repealing regulations support Canada in complying with its international obligations under the Minamata Convention.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Since 2008 there have been no chlor-alkali facility using the mercury cell process in Canada, therefore these regulations are not expected to impact any industry stakeholders, international trade or investment, and they are not expected to introduce any administrative or compliance costs to businesses, Canadians, the federal government, or any other stakeholder.

Consultations

The proposed regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on April 28, 2018 for a 60-day public comment period. The publication of the final regulation in the Canada Gazette, Part II, is targeted for 2019. 

Further information

Additional information on the Minamata Convention on Mercury is available on the official website.

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

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 the Department of the Environment.

The proposed amendments to these regulations will not change how they function, but reduce the need for future amendments, as well as update references to recently revised Canadian 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 references in our Regulations.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

No impacts on Canadians or businesses expected as a result of proposed amendments to the Regulations.

Consultations

The proposed regulations are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2020 for a 60-day public comment period.

Further information

Additional information may be obtained using the contact below.

ECCC Contact

Tanya Bryant
Acting Director, Environmental Emergencies
Telephone: 819-938-4072
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 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 publishing the proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2020 for a 60-day public comment period.

Further information

Additional information may be obtained using the contact below.

ECCC Contact

Tracey Spack
Director, Products Division
Telephone: 819-938-4209
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: tracey.spack2@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 conclusions 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

Nicole Davidson
Acting 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 Regulation, 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 not 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 publishing the proposed regulations publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2020 for a 75-day public comment period.

Further information

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

ECCC Contact

Tracey Spack
Director, Products Division
Telephone: 819-938-4209
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: tracey.spack2@canada.ca

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

2018-2020 Forward Regulatory Plan

Regulations amending the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations (Miscellaneous Program)

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The amendments will clarify the regulatory text, while not changing the requirements of the Regulations.  Specifically, the amendments will clarify section 2.1 and references to the most recent version of a standard or the standard that is in effect at a particular point in time.  The amendments will also correct typographical errors. 

Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations

All these amendments address concerns raised by the Standing Joint Committee on the Scrutiny of Regulations in their letter of February 13, 2018.

Departmental regulatory stock review plan

This initiative is associated with the department’s regulatory stock review plan.

Consultations

The proposed amendments are targeting publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in 2019 for a 60-day public comment period

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

2018-2020 Forward Regulatory Plan Update

Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Product Regulations

The following regulatory initiative, under the purview of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, is administered jointly by Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). For further details, please visit the Health Canada Forward Regulatory Plan web page.

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  • further information on the department’s implementation of government-wide regulatory management initiatives

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