Regulatory stock review plan 2019 to 2029: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Introduction

This plan provides the list of regulations that Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) expects to review over time. ECCC’s regulatory stock will be reviewed over a 10-year period, between 2019 and 2029. New regulations that were made after 2019 will be reviewed either within this same 10-year period, or in the years after. The intent is for the review process to be ongoing and become part of the life cycle of all ECCC regulations.

Regulatory stock review plan from 2019 to 2029

This section provides a regulation-by-regulation status of ECCC’s stock review and links to more detailed information. It includes a target start date for each review, contact information and a link to the Forward Regulatory Plan (where applicable) for more information on planned amendments.

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Regulatory review Status Planned year of review Enabling act Information linked to the Forward Regulatory Plan Contact
Review of Benzene in Gasoline Regulations Review in progress 2019-2020 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca
Review of Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003 Review completed 2019-2020 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Nicole Folliet
Director, Chemical Production Division
819-420-7708
nicole.folliet@ec.gc.ca
Review of Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations Review completed 2019-2020 Fisheries Act The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca
Review of Secondary Lead Smelter Release Review completed 2019-2020 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Aimee Zweig
Executive Director, Mining and Processing Division
613-220-6896
aimee.zweig@ec.gc.ca
Review of Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations Review in progress 2019-2020 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Astrid Télasco
Director, Waste Reduction and Management Division
819-938-4478
astrid.telasco@ec.gc.ca
Review of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations Review in progress 2019-2020 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.Lebrun@ec.gc.ca
Review of Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing and Reverse Etching Regulations (HCV) Review completed 2020-2021 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Nicole Folliet
Director, Chemical Production Division
819-420-7708
nicole.folliet@ec.gc.ca
Review of Fuels Information Regulations, No. 1 Review in progress 2020-2021 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca
Review of Migratory Birds Regulations Review completed 2020-2021 Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs Division
613-297-1458
caroline.ladanowski@ec.gc.ca
Review of New Substances Notification Regulations (Organisms) Review completed 2020-2021 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Thomas Kruidenier
A/Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
819-938-5086
thomas.kruidenier@ec.gc.ca
Review of Wildlife Area Regulations Review completed 2020-2021 Canada Wildlife Act n/a Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs Division
613-297-1458
caroline.ladanowski@ec.gc.ca
Review of Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations Review in progress 2021-2022 Fisheries Act The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Tanya Bryant
Director, Environmental Emergencies Division
819-938-4072
tanya.bryant@ec.gc.ca
Review of Gasoline Regulations Review in progress 2021-2022 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca
Review of Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations Review in progress 2021-2022 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Tanya Bryant
Director, Environmental Emergencies Division
819-938-4072
tanya.bryant@ec.gc.ca
Review of Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations Review in progress 2021-2022 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca
Review of Sulphur in Gasoline Regulations Review in progress 2021-2022 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca
Review of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Automotive Refinishing Products Review in progress 2021-2022 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.Lebrun@ec.gc.ca
Review of Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations Review in progress 2021-2022 Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs Division
613-297-1458
caroline.ladanowski@ec.gc.ca
Review of Concentration of Phosphorus in Certain Cleaning Products Regulations Review planned 2022-2023 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.Lebrun@ec.gc.ca
Review of Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994) Regulations Review completed 2022-2023 Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 n/a Karina Kessaris
A/Executive Director, Wildlife Enforcement Division
819-743-8938
karina.kessaris@ec.gc.ca
Review of Experimental Lakes Area Research Activities Regulations Review planned 2022-2023 Fisheries Act n/a Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca
Review of Marine Spark-Ignition Engine, Vessel and Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Emission Regulations Review planned 2022-2023 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transport Division
819-420-8020
stephane.couroux@ec.gc.ca
Review of New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers) Review planned 2022-2023 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Thomas Kruidenier
A/Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
819-938-5086
thomas.kruidenier@ec.gc.ca
Review of Regulations Adding Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and Its Salts to the Virtual Elimination List Review planned 2022-2023 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Christina Paradiso
Executive Director, Chemicals Management Division
819-938-4506
christina.paradiso@ec.gc.ca
Review of Rules of Procedure for Boards of Review Review planned 2022-2023 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Ruta Fluxgold
Director, Regulatory Innovation and Management Systems
819-420-7274
ruta.fluxgold@ec.gc.ca
Review of Disposal at Sea Permit Fee Regulation Review planned 2023-2024 Financial Administration Act n/a Mona Sidarous
Regional Director, ATL Environmental Protection Operations
902-426-3593
mona.sidarous@ec.gc.ca
Review of Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations Review planned 2023-2024 Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Act n/a Hannah Rogers
Executive Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
613-222-0435
hannah.rogers@ec.gc.can
Review of Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations Review planned 2023-2024 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Nicole Folliet
Director, Chemical Production Division
819-420-7708
nicole.folliet@ec.gc.ca
Review of Masked Name Regulations Review planned 2023-2024 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Thomas Kruidenier
A/Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
819-938-5086
thomas.kruidenier@ec.gc.ca
Review of Meat and Poultry Products Plant Liquid Effluent Regulations Review planned 2023-2024 Fisheries Act n/a Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca
Review of Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations Review planned 2023-2024 Fisheries Act n/a Aimee Zweig
Executive Director, Mining and Processing Division
613-220-6896
aimee.zweig@ec.gc.ca
Review of Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations Review planned 2023-2024 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.Lebrun@ec.gc.ca
Review of Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canada Wildlife Act) Regulations Review planned 2024-2025 Canada Wildlife Act The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Karina Kessaris
A/Executive Director, Wildlife Enforcement Division
819-743-8938
karina.kessaris@ec.gc.ca
Review of Multi-sector Air Pollutants Regulations Review planned 2024-2025 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Jennifer Kerr
Director, Air Emissions Priorities Division
819-420-7758
jennifer.kerr2@ec.gc.ca
Review of New Substances Fees Regulations Review planned 2024-2025 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Thomas Kruidenier
A/Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
819-938-5086
thomas.kruidenier@ec.gc.ca
Review of On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations Review planned 2024-2025 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transport Division
819-420-8020
stephane.couroux@ec.gc.ca
Review of Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations Review planned 2024-2025 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transport Division
819-420-8020
stephane.couroux@ec.gc.ca
Review of Permits Authorizing an Activity Affecting Listed Wildlife Species Regulations Review planned 2024-2025 Species at Risk Act n/a Paula Brand
Director, Species at Risk Policy Division
613-355-9453
paula.brand@ec.gc.ca
Review of Petroleum Refinery Liquid Effluent Regulations Review planned 2024-2025 Fisheries Act n/a Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca
Review of Prohibition of Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos Regulations Review planned 2024-2025 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Christina Paradiso
Executive Director, Chemicals Management Division
819-938-4506
christina.paradiso@ec.gc.ca
Review of Regulations Designating Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999) Review planned 2024-2025 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Hannah Rogers
Executive Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
613-222-0435
hannah.rogers@ec.gc.ca
Review of Renewable Fuels Regulations (To be replaced by the Clean Fuel Regulations, targeted for 2024) Review planned 2024-2025 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca
Review of Contaminated Fuel Regulations Review planned 2025-2026 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca
Review of Disposal at Sea Permit Application Regulations Review planned 2025-2026 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Mona Sidarous
Regional Director, ATL Environmental Protection Operations
902-426-3593
mona.sidarous@ec.gc.ca
Review of Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations Review planned 2025-2026 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transport Division
819-420-8020
stephane.couroux@ec.gc.ca
Review of Potato Processing Plant Liquid Effluent Regulations Review planned 2025-2026 Fisheries Act n/a Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca
Review of Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Regulations Review planned 2025-2026 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Karl Abraham
A/Director, Electricity and Combustion Division
819-938-4272
karl.abraham@ec.gc.ca
Review of Regulations Prescribing Circumstances for Granting Waivers Pursuant to Section 147 of the Act Review planned 2025-2026 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca
Review of Scott Islands Protected Marine Area Regulations Review planned 2025-2026 Canada Wildlife Act n/a Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs Division
613-297-1458
caroline.ladanowski@ec.gc.ca
Review of Solvent Degreasing Regulations Review planned 2025-2026 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.Lebrun@ec.gc.ca
Review of Tributyltetradecylphosphonium Chloride (TTPC) Regulations Review planned 2025-2026 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Nicole Folliet
Director, Chemical Production Division
819-420-7708
nicole.folliet@ec.gc.ca
Review of 2-Butoxyethanol Regulations Review planned 2026-2027 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.Lebrun@ec.gc.ca
Review of Antarctic Environmental Protection Regulations Review planned 2026-2027 Antarctic Environmental Protection Act The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Mona Sidarous
Regional Director, ATL Environmental Protection Operations
902-426-3593
mona.sidarous@ec.gc.ca
Review of Asbestos Mines and Mills Release Regulations Review planned 2026-2027 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Aimee Zweig
Executive Director, Mining and Processing Division
613-220-6896
aimee.zweig@ec.gc.ca
Review of Gasoline and Gasoline Blend Dispensing Flow Rate Regulations Review planned 2026-2027 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transport Division
819-420-8020
stephane.couroux@ec.gc.ca
Review of Persistence and Bioaccumulation Regulations Review planned 2026-2027 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Thomas Kruidenier
A/Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
819-938-5086
thomas.kruidenier@ec.gc.ca
Review of Pulp and Paper Mill Defoamer and Wood Chip Regulations Review planned 2026-2027 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca
Review of Pulp and Paper Mill Effluent Chlorinated Dioxins and Furans Regulations Review planned 2026-2027 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca
Review of Regulations Limiting Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Natural Gas-fired Generation of Electricity Review planned 2026-2027 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Karl Abraham
A/Director, Electricity and Combustion Division
819-938-4272
karl.abraham@ec.gc.ca
Review of Virtual Elimination List Review planned 2026-2027 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Ruta Fluxgold
Director, Regulatory Innovation and Management Systems
819-420-7274
ruta.fluxgold@ec.gc.ca
Review of Cross-border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations Review planned 2027-2028 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Astrid Télasco
Director, Waste Reduction and Management Division
819-938-4478
astrid.telasco@ec.gc.ca
Review of International River Improvements Regulations Review planned 2027-2028 International River Improvements Act n/a Malcolm Conly
Acting Executive Director, National Hydrological Services
306-975-4833
malcolm.conly@ec.gc.ca
Review of Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations Review planned 2027-2028 Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs Division
613-297-1458
caroline.ladanowski@ec.gc.ca
Review of Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations Review planned 2027-2028 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Nicole Folliet
Director, Chemical Production Division
819-420-7708
nicole.folliet@ec.gc.ca
Review of PCB Regulations Review planned 2027-2028 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Astrid Télasco
Director, Waste Reduction and Management Division
819-938-4478
astrid.telasco@ec.gc.ca
Review of Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 Review planned 2027-2028 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Christina Paradiso
Executive Director, Chemicals Management Division
819-938-4506
christina.paradiso@ec.gc.ca
Review of Regulations Establishing Conditions for Making Regulations Under Subsection 36(5.2) of the Fisheries Act Review planned 2027-2028 Fisheries Act n/a Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca
Review of Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations Review planned 2027-2028 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.Lebrun@ec.gc.ca
Review of Disposal at Sea Regulations Review planned 2028-2029 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Mona Sidarous
Regional Director, ATL Environmental Protection Operations
902-426-3593
mona.sidarous@ec.gc.ca
Review of Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019 Review in progress 2023-2024 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Tanya Bryant
Director, Environmental Emergencies Division
819-938-4072
tanya.bryant@ec.gc.ca
Review of Heavy-duty Vehicle and Engine Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations Review planned 2028-2029 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transport Division
819-420-8020
stephane.couroux@ec.gc.ca
Review of Output-Based Pricing System Regulations Review planned 2028-2029 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Kate Teeple
Director, Industrial GHG Emissions Management
819-938-5721
Katherine.teeple@ec.gc.ca
Review of Products Containing Mercury Regulations Review planned 2028-2029 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 The regulations have a proposed initiative on the Forward Regulatory Plan. Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.Lebrun@ec.gc.ca
Review of Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector) Review planned 2028-2029 Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 n/a Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca
Review of Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations Review planned 2028-2029 Fisheries Act n/a Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca
Review of Weather Modification Information Regulations Review planned 2028-2029 Weather Modification Information Act n/a David Henry
Director General, Atmospheric Science and Technology
613-949-7571
david.henry@ec.gc.ca

Results from completed regulatory reviews

This section covers the regulations that ECCC has reviewed. For each regulation, it provides a summary of the results from the most recent review, including the outcome of the review, the key issues identified and a summary of the stakeholder feedback received.

Review of Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing and Reverse Etching Regulations

Regulation

Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing and Reverse Etching Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing and Reverse Etching Regulations came into force in 2009 to address air releases of hexavalent chromium from the chromium metal finishing industry.

In 2012, the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR) raised some concerns regarding the regulations. The department began reviewing the regulations in 2015 to address those concerns and look at other ways of improving them.

The review led to a two-phase amendment process:

  • Phase 1 addressed the SJCSR’s concerns by making administrative modifications to certain provisions (e.g., resolving inconsistencies between the English and French versions of the regulations, clarifying and harmonizing with other regulations regarding laboratory accreditation, and removing reference to an obsolete ASTM standard). The Phase 1 amendments were registered on March 16, 2020.
  • Phase 2 is ongoing and involves a range of proposed amendments, which are more technical in nature. These amendments are anticipated to be published in Canada Gazette, Part I, for a 60-day comment period in Winter 2023.

Approach to the review

As described above, a 2015 review process identified issues related to administrative items, burden on industry and other provisions in the regulations. This review builds on the 2015 review to determine if the regulation is adequately protecting the environment from air releases of hexavalent chromium from the chromium metal finishing industry.

Date of last amendment

Last amendment 2020

Status of review

Review completed

Review completion date

Completed on January 14, 2022

Key issues identified

Although the regulations are still relevant there are issues with:

  • Co-ordination/alignment with other jurisdictions (provincial and the United States)
  • Clarity of provisions.
  • Data collection and analysis (e-mail, fax, and mail-in reports)
  • Performance measurement

Stakeholder feedback

Stakeholder consultations on the regulation was undertaken in 2014, in 2017-2018, and with provinces in 2021. The latest public consultation period ran for a period of 60 days from September 22 to November 24, 2017. Stakeholders were consulted via discussion documents and meetings. Feedback was taken into consideration during the review.

Outcome of the review

The recommendation is to amend the regulations

Further information

Another discussion document will be published on Canada.ca/Chromium on the proposed amendments (target April 2022)

Contact

Nicole Folliet
Director, Chemical Production Division
819-420-7708
nicole.folliet@canada.ca

Review of Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994) Regulations

Regulation

Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994) Regulations

Enabling act

Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

Rationale for the review

The Environmental Enforcement Act (EEA) strengthens the enforcement regime for nine acts under the responsibility of the Minister of the Environment, including the Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA). Amongst other changes, the EEA modernized the fine regimes by establishing minimum penalties and increasing maximum penalties for environmental offences that involve direct harm or risk of harm to the environment, or obstruction of authority. For the MBCA, the Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (MBCA) Regulations were developed to this effect and came into force in July 2017.

The bulk of the EEA came into force in 2010 and includes a statutory obligation under section 52 to conduct a review of specific provisions related to the new fine regime and sentencing principles every ten years. This requirement is also embedded in section 18.24 of the MBCA, as it states that every ten years the offences and punishment sections of the act must be reviewed. A 10-year review of the EEA was recently conducted and encompassed the review of the Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (MBCA) Regulations.

The overall purpose of the review was to assess the performance of the new regime, identify areas for improvement, and re-assess fine amounts and sentencing principles to ensure they remain consistent with public values, the economy, and other circumstances.

Approach to the review

To conduct this assessment, analysis was undertaken using a wide range of sources (e.g. academic journals, case law, comparison of environmental sentencing guidelines, enforcement data, and legislation from other jurisdictions both domestically and internationally), and through external engagement with targeted stakeholders, Indigenous groups, and the general public. A significant amount of internal engagement was also undertaken, including collaboration with Parks Canada, and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

While conducting the review, there were three main limitations found. The first was that there are very few reported sentencing cases for offences under the MBCA, therefore a limited number of judgements implementing the Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement MBCA Regulations. Second, external engagement efforts elicited insufficient results to draw scrutiny conclusions. Third, since the Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (MBCA) Regulations came into force in 2017, the data that relates to these regulations is limited due to the short time since they were established, as well as factors related to data repositories. The mandatory 10-year legislative review is expected in 2030 and will benefit from more data.

Date of last review/amendment

Last reviewed in 2020

Status of review

Review completed

The review was completed as part of the EEA 10 year review in 2020.

Actions taken:

Review completion date

Completed on December 10, 2021

Key issues identified

In all cases, the review found that the fine amounts and sentencing principles in the acts amended by the EEA continue to advance all of the relevant goals and remain consistent with public values, as well as economic and other relevant circumstances. However, in the course of the review, some concepts that relate to the new fine regime were identified for future analysis. These are:

  • Adjusting the fine ranges using legislative authorities.
  • Including new non-fine measures in the court orders sections of the review sections, as well as creating new, non-fine based mandatory sentences (e.g. using creative sentences in mandatory sentences).

Stakeholder feedback

To initiate the external engagement, in 2021, a discussion paper was shared with targeted stakeholders, Indigenous groups, and the general public, and external engagement, roundtables and alternative engagement fora were offered by the department. The engagement period began on June 16 and ended on August 31, 2021.

The following issues are relevant to the new fine regime and were raised on a recurring basis by key stakeholders during the external engagement efforts:

  • For offences that apply to wildlife infractions, the reduction of mandatory minimum fines could be beneficial when breaches are of technical or administrative obligations that have little or no impact on environmental protection.
  • The significance of creative sentencing was highlighted, and considered to be a more effective tool for the purposes of both deterrence and restoration and recovery. This effectiveness against corporate offenders was especially noted. Creative sentencing is a catch-all term used to describe the various options in a section of the legislation that covers court orders relating to penalties (e.g. community service orders, compensation orders, publication orders).

Outcome of the review

Regulation will not be amended due to the review and no additional action will take place

Further information

The report on the review of the Federal Environmental Fines and Sentencing Regime – 10 years later is available at: En4-439-2021-eng.pdf (publications.gc.ca)

Contact

Karina Kessaris
A/Executive Director, Wildlife Enforcement Division
819-743-8938
karina.kessaris@ec.gc.ca

Review of Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003

Regulation

Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The Federal Halocarbon Regulations (FHR 2003) were published in 2003 and minor amendments were made in 2009 to address comments and recommendations of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. These amendments did not change the intent or scope of the FHR 2003. Although the regulations did not include a requirement for a mandatory review, the department had already initiated the process to amend the FHR 2003 prior to the stock review. In line with the objectives of the regulatory stock review, the department concluded on the need to amend the FHR in order to enhance the effectiveness of the regulations. Amendments considered would also reduce administrative burden, remove incorporation by reference that is no longer applicable, fix enforceability issues, remove obsolete provisions, and modernize the scope and framework of the regulations.

The intent of the revised regulations was to streamline the regulatory text and reduce the administrative burden for both regulatees and government officials.

Approach to the review

A comprehensive review of the FHR 2003 was initiated in 2013. Two rounds of consultations were conducted in 2013 and 2017. The invitation to participate in the consultation was extended to all known regulatees. Feedback obtained was included in the proposed modifications to the FHR 2003.

Date of last amendment

Last amendment 2009, planned to be repealed and replaced in 2022-2023

Status of review

Review completed

Review completion date

Completed in 2019-2020

Final publication and coming into force of the FHR 2022 is planned for spring 2022.

Key issues identified

The FHR 2003 required substantial revisions and updates to remove obsolete provisions and improve clarity and enforceability. The regulations were proposed to be repealed and replaced to address the issues. However, the overall scope and objectives of the new regulations remain the same.

Stakeholder feedback

Stakeholders are generally supportive of the proposed modifications to the FHR 2003.

Stakeholders welcomed changes that would clarify the intent and definitions as well as proposed reduction in the administrative burden.

Outcomes of the review

The recommendation is to repeal and replace the regulations.

Further information

Additional information can be found here:
Federal Halocarbon Regulations Information

Contact

Nicole Folliet
Director, Chemical Production Division
819-420-7708
nicole.folliet@ec.gc.ca

Review of Migratory Birds Regulations

Regulation

Migratory Birds Regulations

Enabling act

Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

Rationale for the review

Since being implemented in 1918, the Migratory Bird Regulations (MBR) have been amended many times, often with isolated changes or fixes being made to deal with specific issues. They have never been subjected to a comprehensive review. As a result, the current regulatory text and structure, which contains errors and inconsistencies, is complex, outdated, lacks clarity and does not meet current legal standards. These issues can in turn lead to difficulty in their interpretation, in their application, in ensuring stakeholder compliance, as well as lead to issues in enforcing the regulations.

In 1995, the Migratory Birds Convention was amended by what is known in Canada as the Parksville Protocol. Significantly, the Protocol recognized the existing Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Aboriginal people of Canada under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, with respect to harvesting migratory birds and their eggs. These amendments have not yet been implemented into the MBR.

In addition, the MBR are not in line with many of the current departmental policy direction, particularly in the area of migratory game bird hunting management and nest protection. As a result, many issues and concerns, some going back over 30 years, have been repeatedly raised by stakeholders regarding the need for regulatory clarity, for the removal of irritants or burden that do not provide conservation value, and for the introduction of concepts and measures to improve migratory bird management in Canada.

Approach to the review

ECCC conducted a comprehensive review of the Migratory Birds Regulations in order to identify issues with the regulations. The department identified and evaluated issues raised over the previous years and decades by stakeholders, partners as well as wildlife enforcement.

The first phase of consultation occurred in 2013-14, primarily with hunting organizations, hunters and Indigenous partners, to discuss the key amendments being considered. Additional consultations occurred, primarily with hunters and hunting organizations, in 2017, regarding bait authorizations.

Following the extensive reviews and pre-consultations, the proposed regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part I on June 1, 2019. This was followed by an initial 60-day comment period, which was extended to 4 months.

Following the Canada Gazette, Part I consultation period, the department reviewed the comments received, and is taking these comments into consideration for the development of the final regulations to be published in the Canada Gazette Part II. Following publication of the final regulations, the department will endeavour to continue their analysis of the efficacy of the regulations, and to continue discussions with stakeholders and partners.

Date of last amendment

Comprehensive amendment in the 1990s.

Schedule I of the regulations, which includes migratory game bird hunting open seasons, daily bag and possession limits, was previously amended annually, and more recently on a biennial basis.

Status of review

Review completed

Review completion date

Completed on March 31, 2021

Key issues identified

The review of the MBR was conducted with the main objectives being to address the following issues identified:

  • increase clarity and facilitate interpretation and compliance by updating outdated language, incorporating current legal standards, eliminating errors, inconsistencies and ambiguities, and restructuring the regulations by placing related information into distinct parts;
  • ensure that the MBR recognize Aboriginal and treaty harvesting rights according to section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982; and
  • improve the ability to effectively manage migratory birds in Canada, in particular, by protecting nests when they have a conservation value for migratory birds, as well as clarifying and introducing provisions to support current and new policy on migratory game bird hunting and hunting management.

The review resulted in ECCC proposing new Migratory Birds Regulations, with many of the components of the proposed regulations being re-drafted and reorganized into distinct parts, with some definitions or provisions being removed, while other ones were added. The majority of the proposed changes fall into two categories: those that increase clarity and/or meet current legal drafting standards and do not alter the intent of the current provisions; and those that propose new migratory bird management policy direction to respond to issues raised through the years, particularly regarding migratory bird hunting and nest protection. The proposed regulations also recognize the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Aboriginal people of Canada under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, with respect to harvesting migratory birds and their eggs.

Stakeholder feedback

The Canada Gazette Part I publication invited all those that were interested to provide written comments on the proposal. Submissions were received from Indigenous partners, hunters and hunting associations, industry (particularly forestry, energy and mining), conservation organizations, academia/experts, other governments and individual Canadians. ECCC also had several information sessions/discussions on the proposal with those stakeholders and partners who made requests to the department.

The majority of the comments received spoke to the proposed changes regarding hunting migratory game birds, to protect nests when they have conservation value for migratory birds, and for the recognition of Aboriginal harvesting and treaty harvesting rights according to Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

ECCC is carefully considering all input provided in the development of the final regulations. Certain issues that have been identified in the regulations, for instance relating to permits, are anticipated to be addressed in possible future regulatory amendment processes.

Outcome of the review

The recommendation is to amend the regulations

Further information

N/A

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs Division
613-297-1458
caroline.ladanowski@ec.gc.ca

Review of New Substances Notification Regulations (Organisms)

Regulation

New Substances Notification Regulations (Organisms)

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The original New Substances Notification Regulations (NSR) came into effect in 1994, and provisions pertaining to living organisms were added in 1997, following a three-year review (1994-97). In 2000-2001, multi-stakeholder consultations on the NSR were also conducted. In 2005, the NSR were repealed and replaced with the New Substances Notification Regulations (Organisms) (NSNR [O]) and the New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers) (NSNR [C&P]). At that time, the chemicals and polymers regulations were significantly updated. By contrast, those for living organisms have undergone no significant amendments since 1997.

Some amendments were made in 2018 to create a mechanism for exempting agricultural field trials using microorganisms (addressing comments from the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations) and to make some minor housekeeping changes. Otherwise, these regulations have remained largely unchanged, and have not been comprehensively reviewed, forthe past 20 years, despite rapid development in the biotechnology industry during this time.

As a result, a comprehensive review of the entire NSNR (O) was necessary in order to better align the regulations with the state of the science in biotechnology.

Approach to the review

A comprehensive approach was taken, targeting the entire NSNR (O), given the lack of substantial review or updating of these regulations over the past 20 years.

The review’s primary objective was to ensure that the regulations align with advances in science and technology. Secondary objectives were to reduce regulatory burden and ensure competitiveness while still protecting human health and the environment.

Date of last amendment

Last amendment 2018

Status of review

Review completed

ECCC completed the review process for the regulations without stakeholder consultations specific to this review. ECCC had already received considerable stakeholder input through various fora (Round 2 of the Targeted Regulatory Reviews, Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, Regulatory Cooperation Council; see “Stakeholder feedback” below), and this input had strongly signalled the need to amend these regulations. For these reasons, ECCC has considered it appropriate to combine consultations required to fulfil this review with those required to fulfil the requirements of the regulatory amendment process.

Review completion date

Completed on October 31, 2021

Key issues identified

  • Emerging technologies: There is a need for the regulations to reflect medical advancements and to be more agile to effectively regulate substances resulting from emerging technologies. The field of biotechnology is constantly expanding, with new sectors suddenly emerging (e.g. luminescent genetically modified ornamental pet fish).
  • Hazardous products: Regulatory requirements for hazardous products are burdensome, unclear, and misaligned with other jurisdictions.
  • Regulatory compliance: Guidance developed for inspectors should also be made available to regulated parties so that they know what is expected of them.
  • Enforceability gaps: Prohibitions and information provision requirements should be strengthened to enable officers to identify the organisms being imported or manufactured.
  • Data collection and analysis: Laboratory analytical support should be improved to properly distinguish strains and identify genetically modified organisms of higher risk, as opposed to naturally occurring organisms in Canada.

Stakeholder feedback

Stakeholders have recommended:

  • greater alignment between Canada’s biotechnology regulatory system and regulations with the state of the science in biotechnology;
  • reduction in the regulatory burden associated with the notification process under the NSNR(O).

Pre-consultation will be organized mid 2022 for proposed amendments, in order to engage more fully with industry stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, Indigenous governments and organizations, academia and the general public.

Outcome of the review

The recommendation is to amend the regulations

Further information

N/A

Contact

Thomas Kruidenier
A/ Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
819-938-5086
thomas.kruidenier@ec.gc.ca

Review of Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations

Regulation

Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations

Enabling act

Fisheries Act

Rationale for the review

The most recent comprehensive review of Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations (PPER) was completed in the early 1990s. Despite high self-reported compliance, environmental effect monitoring (EEM) studies demonstrate that some pulp and paper effluent continues to adversely affect fish and fish habitat.

The pulp and paper sector is undergoing significant changes as a result of the development of new bio-products. Modernizing the PPER could strengthen environmental protections, address the transformation of the pulp and paper industry, clarify requirements, and streamline the burden on regulatees.

Approach to the review

ECCC has launched an initiative to modernize the PPER. Historical data reported by mills were reviewed to determine the sector performance, and extensive consultations were held as the first phase of pre-Canada Gazette consultations.

The second phase of pre-Canada Gazette consultation was launched in May 2019 with the publication of a detailed proposal followed byconsultation sessions with provinces, Indigenous communities and environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs).

The objectives of PPER modernization include strengthening environmental protections, addressing the transformation of the pulp and paper industry, clarifying requirements, and streamlining the burden on regulatees.

Date of last amendment

Last amendment 2018

Status of review

Review completed

Review completion date

Completed on November 30, 2021

Key issues identified

  • Performance measurement data, such as that collected through Environmental effects monitoring (EEM) studies required by the PPER, have shown that the effluents from 77% of pulp and paper mills are impacting fish and/or fish habitat despite a very high compliance rate with the PPER.
  • The Canadian industry is diversifying the products made from wood and other plant materials to include non-traditional products such as nanocrystalline cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose.
  • Canadian mills, in general, discharge effluents with higher suspended solids, biochemical and chemical oxygen demand and nutrients per tonne of production than competitors in Europe and the United States.

Stakeholder feedback

The main concern from industry was related to the stringency of the proposed effluent limits.

Additional feedback will be gathered through the proposed amendment consultations.

Outcome of the review

The recommendation is to amend the regulations

Further information

See Forward Regulatory Plan for more details about the proposed amendments.

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca

Review of Secondary Lead Smelter Release Regulations

Regulation

Secondary Lead Smelter Release Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The Secondary Lead Smelter Release Regulations (SLSRR) were published in 1976. The regulations limit the concentration of particulate matter and lead emitted into the ambient air from secondary lead smelting facilities. Over the years, the number of secondary lead smelters (SLS) in Canada has dropped from 51 in 1984, to 5 in 2020 Additionally, there is also 1 primary lead smelter covered by the SLSRR. The five SLSs currently account for a small portion of lead emissions in comparison with the primary base metals smelting (BMS) sector. Since 2006, the department has developed instruments (Pollution Prevention Plans and Environmental Performance Agreements (EPAs)) to address emissions of lead from the base metals smelting sector, including the primary lead smelter. The SLSRR also pose a number of challenges related to enforceability, monitoring and reporting requirements.

Approach to the review

ECCC gathered supporting data and information relevant to the review. A consultation plan was developed and implemented. Outreach to provinces, industry, and Indigenous groups were undertaken to inform them of the review and to request additional technical and regulatory information. Outreach was made to non-governmental organizations, but no responses were received.

Date of last amendment

Last amendment 1999

Status of review

Review completed

Review completion date

Completed on December 31, 2021

Key issues identified

  • The SLSRR has outdated language.
  • The number of regulatees have reduced significantly since the SLSRR publication.
  • The SLSRR add burden to regulatees since they have to comply with provincial/municipal regulations on lead.
  • Several technical elements of the SLSRR are outdated and do not fully reflect current industry terminology and practices.
  • Repealing the SLSRR provides the additional benefits of removing duplication of federal regulations with provincial requirements.
  • If SLSRR were repealed, there would be no changes to emissions from the secondary lead smelters, as existing provincial/municipal requirements, which are as stringent or more stringent, will continue to apply.
  • The BMS sector, which is the biggest lead emitter in Canada, is currently subject to EPAs that contain a requirement of developing recommendations to reduce metals including lead.

Stakeholder feedback

Interested parties provided feedback through a number of activities including an engagement session, a technical questionnaire, a virtual session and discussions. Most of the facilities from the lead industry sector responded to the technical questionnaire. The findings are that some technical elements of the SLSRR are outdated and do not fully reflect current industry terminology and practices. The feedback from provinces and municipalities shows that the secondary lead sector is regulated at the provincial and municipal levels. Feedback from Indigenous peoples (2 First Nations (FN) participated in the teleconference) raised concern regarding general and historic contamination issues due to lead emissions from the secondary lead and other sectors. No further engagement on the SLSRR review was requested by the FN groups. The session with 5 NGOs was cancelled, as the 5 groups did not respond to the information session invitation on the SLSRR review.

Outcomes of the review

The recommendation is to remove and repeal the regulations.

Further information

N/A

Contact

Aimee Zweig
Executive Director, Mining and Processing Division
613-220-6896
Aimee.zweig@ec.gc.ca

Review of Wildlife Area Regulations

Regulation

Wildlife Area Regulations

Enabling act

Canada Wildlife Act

Rationale for the review

Since coming into force in 1977, the Wildlife Area Regulations have been amended a number of times, however, they have never been subject to a comprehensive review and update. The result is that the regulations contained some inconsistencies with other federal environmental regulations, which came into force after 1977. Many provisions were also outdated or lacked clarity.

A number of challenges with respect to the provisions regarding the management of National Wildlife Areas (NWAs) were also identified, specifically relating to the use of notices to authorize activities which would otherwise be prohibited under the regulations.

Updates to the boundaries of existing NWAs were also needed as some had not been updated in over 30 years. Although new NWAs had been added to Schedule I of the regulations since 1977, in some cases additional lands had been acquired by ECCC, but had not yet been designated as NWA lands through the regulations. In other cases, the boundary description no longer matched updated legal or cadastral frameworks in certain jurisdictions, or errors had been identified in the boundary descriptions.

Approach to the review

The first phase of pre-Canada Gazette consultations occurred in 2017, and included hunting / trapping associations, Inuit Boards and Councils, Inuit Regional Associations, bird clubs, environmental non-governmental organizations, tourism associations, universities provincial / territorial governments, other federal departments and individual Canadians.

The publication of the proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I in 2019 was followed by an initial 30-day comment period, and was extended to 4 months to accommodate stakeholders.

The amended regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on December 9, 2020.

Date of last amendment

Last amendment 2020

Status of review

Review completed

Review completion date

Completed on December 9, 2020

Key issues identified

The review of the WAR was conducted with the main objectives of the amendments to the regulations being:

  • Clarify and update the prohibitions to ensure consistency with other federal environmental regulations;
  • Make the process and criteria used in making permit issuance decisions more detailed and transparent, consistent with current legal drafting standards as well as with other federal environmental regulations;
  • Add activities that are authorized in NWAs by including those activities in the new Schedule I.1 of the amended regulations;
  • Update and correct the boundaries of certain NWAs in order to accurately reflect land titles and to make other corrections; and
  • Make some minor administrative updates and corrections such as revising land descriptions and the names of a few NWAs.

The review resulted in ECCC amending the regulations, resulting in a number of revisions to the WAR. These revisions enhance regulatory clarity, ensure the regulations are consistent with other similar regulations and support the effective management of NWAs. The proposed changes largely formalize existing policies for the management of NWAs.

Stakeholder feedback

Comments were received from Indigenous partners and stakeholders on the regulatory proposal published in the Canada Gazette Part I. ECCC carefully considered all input provided in the development of the final regulations.

Outcomes of the review

The recommendation is to amend the regulations

Further information

The updated Wildlife Area Regulations and Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement are available on the Canada Gazette website.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs Division
613-297-1458
caroline.ladanowski@ec.gc.ca

Regulatory reviews in progress

This section covers the regulations that ECCC is in the process of reviewing. It provides a status update for each review, a summary of the rationale and approach to the review, information on the last date of review or amendment, and a target completion date.

Review of Benzene in Gasoline Regulations

Regulation

Benzene in Gasoline Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The Benzene in Gasoline Regulations require updating to reduce regulatory burden and data no longer necessary for government. The objective of the review is to ensure the risk management objectives (RMO) are being achieved, measure performance, streamline the fuels regulations, and align with other jurisdictions, as appropriate. The regulations were published in 1997 and have been amended 6 times.

Approach to the review

An internal review and analyses were conducted for the following bundle of fuels regulations aimed at addressing air pollution:

  • Benzene in Gasoline Regulations
  • Fuels Information Regulations, No.1
  • Gasoline Regulations
  • Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations
  • Sulphur in Gasoline Regulations

The review also considered the Renewable Fuel Regulations and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations.

ECCC will undertake consultations with provinces/territories and stakeholders to seek feedback on the findings of the review and issues that have arisen with the implementation of the fuel regulations. The review will assess what amendments may be needed to achieve ECCC’s environmental objectives while minimizing regulatory burden.

Date of last review or amendment

Last review 2003

Last amendment 2018

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2023

Status of review

Review in progress

The internal review of the five fuel regulations will be completed in 2021-2022. Stakeholders will be consulted in 2022-2023 on the findings of the analyses and the proposed path forward.

Planned consultation with provinces/territories and stakeholders was delayed by a year due to competing priorities including the Output Based Pricing System Regulations (OBPSR) and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations and due to the inability to consult during the caretaker period for the 2021 federal election.

Key issues identified

Internal analyses have identified certain data required to be reported by regulatees are no longer needed by government. This includes the Benzene Emission Number (BEN) and associated data. No longer requiring reporting of this data would significantly reduce administrative burden for regulatees. There may also be opportunities to further align the benzene standards with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The review and analyses of the bundle of fuel regulations identified opportunities to:

  • minimize, to the extent possible, administrative burden and costs for regulatees and government regarding compliance with and the administration of the regulations
  • eliminate duplicative reporting of same data in fuel quality regulations
  • reduce the number of reporting forms and reporting deadlines
  • reduce the amount of data that is reported
  • ensure consistency across definitions, exceptions/exemptions, record keeping requirements, etc.
  • simplify reporting and recordkeeping obligations
  • remove regulatory provisions and definitions that are no longer necessary

Stakeholder feedback

Consultations have not yet been conducted. Some feedback was obtained through annual compliance promotion sessions with regulatees, inquiries regarding the regulations, and comments submitted in September 2019 in response to Treasury Board Secretariat’s Federal Regulatory Modernization initiative, specifically the Targeted Regulatory Review. Feedback pointed to inconsistencies among definitions and exclusions, as well as duplication in gasoline and diesel fuel reporting under the federal fuels regulations and in reporting under the Output Based Pricing System Regulations (OBPS) and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations.

In 2022-2023, consultations will take place to inform stakeholders of the findings from the internal analyses, to seek additional comments and input on a path forward.

Contact

Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca

Review of Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations

Regulation

Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations

Enabling act

Fisheries Act

Rationale for the review

The Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations were published in 2011. The regulations need to be reviewed to remove outdated references and to reflect evolving government operations.

Approach to the review

ECCC will undertake consultations with provinces/territories and other stakeholders to seek feedback on issues that have arisen with the implementation of the regulations. The review will assess current notification requirements and determine if amendments are needed to achieve ECCC’s environmental objectives. The review, including consultation activities for the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations, will be conducted concurrently with the review for the Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

December 31, 2022

Status of review

Review in progress

The department is actively working on the internal review.

The review target date has been extended because of resource constraints and to ensure there is the necessary time available for consultation activities.

Key issues identified

Key issues include:

  • aligning some terms and references in the regulations with those in Canadian statutes and regulations
  • removing the office names in Schedule A, which are subject to change and not necessary

Stakeholder feedback

Between September 1, 2022, and October 15, 2022, ECCC has engaged interested parties to submit comments through consultation on the regulatory review of the Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations and the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations.

Contact

Tanya Bryant
Director, Environmental Emergencies Division
819-938-4072
tanya.bryant@ec.gc.ca

Review of Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019

Regulation

Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The Environmental Emergencies Regulations (the Regulations) were amended and published in 2019. These Regulations aim to reduce the frequency and severity of accidental releases of hazardous substances into the environment. The Regulations have not undergone a regulatory review since its publication in 2019. The goal of this review is to determine the effectiveness of the current regulations in achieving the stated objectives and to evaluate and mitigate unnecessary regulatory burden.

Approach to the review

The review will assess the Regulations in their entirety, including but not limited to the current regulatory requirements to determine whether amendments are needed. ECCC will undertake consultations with stakeholders to seek feedback on issues that may have arisen with the implementation of the Regulations and to fill information gaps. This information will be used to inform future action on the Regulations, including possible amendments.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2019

Targeted completion date for review

When known, ECCC will provide a date.

Status of review

Review in progress

Key issues identified

When known, ECCC will provide a description.

Shareholder feedback

When known, ECCC will provide a description.

Contact

Tanya Bryant
Director, Environmental Emergencies Division
819-938-4072
tanya.bryant@ec.gc.ca

Review of Fuels Information Regulations, No. 1

Regulation

Fuels Information Regulations, No.1

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The Fuels Information Regulations, No. 1 were published in 1977 and have not had significant amendments since. The objective of the review is to ensure the risk management objectives (RMO) are being achieved, measure performance, streamline the fuels regulations, and align with other jurisdictions, as appropriate.

Approach to the review

An internal review and analyses were conducted for the following bundle of fuels regulations, aimed at addressing air pollution:

  • Benzene in Gasoline Regulations
  • Fuels Information Regulations, No.1
  • Gasoline Regulations
  • Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations
  • Sulphur in Gasoline Regulations

The review also considered the Renewable Fuel Regulations and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations.

ECCC will undertake consultations with provinces/territories and stakeholders to seek feedback on the findings of the review and issues that have arisen with the implementation of the fuel regulations. The review will assess what amendments may be needed to achieve ECCC’s environmental objectives while minimizing regulatory burden.

Date of last review or amendment

Last review 1994

Last amendment 2017

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2023

Status of review

Review in progress

The internal review of the five fuel regulations will be completed in 2021-2022. Stakeholders will be consulted in 2022-2023 on the findings of the analyses and the proposed path forward.

Planned consultation with provinces/territories and stakeholders was delayed by a year due to competing priorities including the Output Based Pricing System Regulations (OBPS) and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations and due to the inability to consult during the caretaker period for the 2021 federal election.

Key issues identified

The review and analyses of the bundle of fuel regulations identified opportunities to:

  • Minimize, to the extent possible, administrative burden and costs for regulatees and government regarding compliance with and the administration of the regulations;
  • Eliminate duplicative reporting of same data in fuel quality regulations;
  • Reduce the number of reporting forms and reporting deadlines;
  • Reduce the amount of data that is reported;
  • Ensure consistency across definitions, exceptions/exemptions, record keeping requirements, etc.;
  • Simplify reporting and recordkeeping obligations; and
  • Remove regulatory provisions and definitions that are no longer necessary.

Stakeholder feedback

Consultations have not yet been conducted. Some feedback was obtained through annual compliance promotion sessions with regulatees, inquiries regarding the regulations, and comments submitted in September 2019 in response to Treasury Board Secretariat’s Federal Regulatory Modernization initiative, specifically the Targeted Regulatory Review. Feedback pointed to inconsistencies among definitions and exclusions, as well as duplication in gasoline and diesel fuel reporting under the federal fuels regulations and in reporting under the Output Based Pricing System Regulations (OBPS) and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations.

In 2022-2023, consultations will inform stakeholders of the findings, seek input on a path forward.

Contact

Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca

Review of Gasoline Regulations

Regulation

Gasoline Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The objective of the review is to ensure the risk management objectives (RMO) are being achieved, measure performance, streamline the fuels regulations, and align with other jurisdictions, as appropriate. The regulations were published in 1990 and have been amended five times. Unleaded gasoline alternatives for use in competition vehicles and piston-engine aircraft will be evaluated.

Approach to the review

An internal review and analyses were conducted for the following bundle of fuels regulations aimed at addressing air pollution:

  • Benzene in Gasoline Regulations
  • Fuels Information Regulations, No.1
  • Gasoline Regulations
  • Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations
  • Sulphur in Gasoline Regulations

The review also considered the Renewable Fuel Regulations and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations.

ECCC will undertake consultations with provinces/territories and stakeholders to seek feedback on the findings of the review and issues that have arisen with the implementation of the fuel regulations. The review will assess what amendments may be needed to achieve ECCC’s environmental objectives while minimizing regulatory burden.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed.

Last amendment 2017

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2023

Status of review

Review in progress

A commitment was made with the 2010 amendment for leaded gasoline use in competition vehicles that ECCC, with the support of Health Canada, will conduct a five-year review and will assess if further action is warranted based on science, technology and fuel replacement developments. The review is underway.

The internal review of the five fuel regulations will be completed in 2021-2022.

Planned consultation with provinces/territories and stakeholders was delayed by a year due to competing priorities including the Output Based Pricing System Regulations (OBPS) and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations and due to the inability to consult during the caretaker period for the 2021 federal election

Key issues identified

The phase-out of leaded gasoline remains of interest to ECCC. Australia successfully phased-out the use of leaded gasoline for racing / competition vehicles by July 2019. ECCC will contact stakeholders in Australia’s motorsport industry to learn from their experience. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to allow leaded gasoline for racing. A consultation with stakeholders who import or sell leaded gasoline for competition vehicles, end-users, and the racing community is planned for 2022.

The government of Canada continues to work on the government-industry Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI), which was created in 2012 by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This initiative seeks to develop an alternative for lead in aviation fuel. Until a suitable replacement for lead in aviation fuel is available and this fuel can be certified for use in engines, the Government of Canada is not planning to remove the exemption for the leaded gasoline used in piston-powered aircraft.

The review and analyses of the bundle of fuel regulations identified opportunities to:

  • minimize, to the extent possible, administrative burden and costs for regulatees and government regarding compliance with and the administration of the regulations
  • eliminate duplicative reporting of same data in fuel quality regulations
  • reduce the number of reporting forms and reporting deadlines
  • reduce the amount of data that is reported
  • ensure consistency across definitions, exceptions/exemptions, record keeping requirements, etc.
  • simplify reporting and recordkeeping obligations
  • remove regulatory provisions and definitions that are no longer necessary

Stakeholder feedback

Consultations have not yet been conducted. Some feedback was obtained through annual compliance promotion sessions with regulatees, inquiries regarding the regulations, and comments submitted in September 2019 in response to Treasury Board Secretariat’s Federal Regulatory Modernization initiative, specifically the Targeted Regulatory Review. Feedback pointed to inconsistencies among definitions and exclusions, as well as duplication in gasoline and diesel fuel reporting under the federal fuels regulations and in reporting under the Output Based Pricing System Regulations (OBPS) and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations.

Stakeholders will be consulted in 2022–2023 on the findings of the analyses and the proposed path forward.

Further information

Evaluation of the effectiveness of risk management measures for lead, Health Canada, 2020, and Options for Reducing Lead Emissions from Piston-Engine Aircraft, U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine 2021.

Contact

Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca

Review of Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations

Regulation

Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations were published in 2011. The regulations need to be reviewed to identify outdated references and to ensure they reflect evolving government operations.

Approach to the review

ECCC will undertake consultations with provinces/territories and other stakeholders to seek feedback on issues that have arisen with the implementation of the regulations. The review will assess current notification requirements and determine what amendments are needed to achieve ECCC’s environmental objectives.

The review, including consultation activities for the Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations, will be conducted concurrently with the review for the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

December 31, 2022

Status of review

Review in progress

The department is actively working on the internal review. Consultation and engagement activities are planned for Spring 2022.

The review target date has been extended because of resource constraints and to ensure there is the necessary time available for consultation activities.

Key issues identified

Key issues include:

  • Updating some terms and references in the regulations to align with those in Canadian statutes and regulations.
  • Remove the office names in Schedule A, which are subject to change and not necessary.

Stakeholder feedback

Between September 1, 2022, and October 15, 2022, ECCC has engaged interested parties to submit comments through consultation on the regulatory review of the Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations and the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations.

Contact

Tanya Bryant
Director, Environmental Emergencies Division
819-938-4072
tanya.bryant@ec.gc.ca

Review of Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations

Regulation

Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations have been in place since 2008, and include numerous references to technical standards. A review of the regulations is needed to ensure that these referenced standards are still relevant and allow for flexibility as new technologies emerge, while ensuring protection of the environment from leaks or spills of petroleum products and allied petroleum products.

Approach to the review

A complete review of the requirements is being conducted. The regulations apply to systems located on federal and aboriginal lands. Consultations with stakeholders will be undertaken to seek feedback on issues that have arisen with the implementation of the regulations. In addition, ECCC will collaborate with Standards Organizations and industry to ensure that the appropriate standards (version and scope) are referenced in the regulations. The review will assess current requirements and determine whether additional controls are needed to achieve good environmental objectives.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2020 (Miscellaneous amendments).

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2023

Status of review

Review in progress

The review has been initiated and will be completed in 2022-2023. An engagement strategy has been developed as part of the formal consultation process that is required to complete the review.

Key issues identified

Issues have been identified through internal analysis. This include references in the regulations that are outdated which may not allow for new technology. Other requirements of the regulations have been identified which, if addressed could improve their implementation. These include: unclear product transfer area requirements, requirements for as-built drawings for all types of systems, no allowance for temporary system installations, no maintenance requirements, no leak detection requirements for post-2008 systems, and the availability of certified installers in all provinces.

Stakeholder feedback

A discussion document has been released on July 12, 2022 to solicit comments on implementation issues of the regulations and seek additional feedback from regulatees and other interested parties. The comments period will end on October 10, 2022.

Contact

Astrid Télasco
Director, Waste Reduction and Management Division
819-938-4478
astrid.telasco@ec.gc.ca

Review of Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations

Regulation

Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The objective of the review is to ensure the risk management objectives (RMO) are being achieved, measure performance, streamline the fuels regulations, and align with other jurisdictions, as appropriate. The sulphur standard for rail diesel may be reduced, and a new sulphur standard for marine diesel fuel for international shipping may be introduced. The regulation was published in 2002 and has been amended four times.

Approach to the review

An internal review and analyses were conducted for the following bundle of fuels regulations aimed at addressing air pollution:

  • Benzene in Gasoline Regulations
  • Fuels Information Regulations, No.1
  • Gasoline Regulations
  • Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations
  • Sulphur in Gasoline Regulations

The review also considered the Renewable Fuel Regulations and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations.

ECCC will undertake consultations with provinces/territories and stakeholders to seek feedback on the findings of the review and issues that have arisen with the implementation of the fuel regulations. The review will assess what amendments may be needed to achieve ECCC’s environmental objectives while minimizing regulatory burden.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed.

Last amendment 2020

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2023

Status of review

Review in progress

The internal review of the five fuel regulations will be completed in 2021-2022. Stakeholders will be consulted in 2022-2023 on the findings of the analyses and the proposed path forward.

Planned consultation with provinces/territories and stakeholders was delayed by a year due to competing priorities including the Output Based Pricing System Regulations (OBPS) and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations and due to the inability to consult during the caretaker period for the 2021 federal election.

Key issues identified

Based on a study and survey conducted in 2017, ECCC will consider reducing the sales limit for sulphur in locomotive diesel fuel in Canada from 500 mg/kg to 15 mg/kg to align with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ECCC will consider aligning with the International Marine Organization’s sulfur standard of 5,000 mg/kg for global marine diesel fuel for use in ships operating outside of the North American Emission Control Areas (ECAs).

The review and analyses of the bundle of fuel regulations identified opportunities to:

  • minimize, to the extent possible, administrative burden and costs for regulatees and government regarding compliance with and the administration of the regulations
  • eliminate duplicative reporting of same data in fuel quality regulations
  • reduce the number of reporting forms and reporting deadlines
  • reduce the amount of data that is reported
  • ensure consistency across definitions, exceptions/exemptions, record keeping requirements, etc.
  • simplify reporting and recordkeeping obligations
  • remove regulatory provisions and definitions that are no longer necessary

Stakeholder feedback

Consultations have not yet been conducted. Feedback was obtained through annual compliance promotion sessions with regulatees, inquiries regarding the regulations, and comments submitted in September 2019 in response to Treasury Board Secretariat’s Federal Regulatory Modernization initiative, specifically the Targeted Regulatory Review. Feedback pointed to inconsistencies among definitions and exclusions, as well as duplication in gasoline and diesel fuel reporting under the federal fuels regulations and in reporting under the Output Based Pricing System Regulations (OBPS) and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations.

In 2022-2023, consultations will inform stakeholders of the findings and seek input on a path forward.

Contact

Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca

Review of Sulphur in Gasoline Regulations

Regulation

Sulphur in Gasoline Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The objective of the review is to ensure the risk management objectives (RMO) are achieved, measure performance, streamline the fuels regulations, and align with other jurisdictions, as appropriate. A permanent sulphur compliance unit trading system will be evaluated. The regulation was published in 1999 and has been amended five times.

Approach to the review

An internal review and analyses were conducted for the following bundle of fuels regulations aimed at addressing air pollution:

  • Benzene in Gasoline Regulations
  • Fuels Information Regulations, No.1
  • Gasoline Regulations
  • Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations
  • Sulphur in Gasoline Regulations

The review also considered the Renewable Fuel Regulations and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations.

ECCC will undertake consultations with provinces/territories and stakeholders to seek feedback on the findings of the review and issues that have arisen with the implementation of the fuel regulations. The review will assess what amendments may be needed to achieve ECCC’s environmental objectives and minimize regulatory burden.

Date of last review or amendment

Have never been reviewed.

Substantive amendments in 2015.

Last amendment 2020

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2023

Status of review

Review in progress

Proposed and final amendments were published in 2020 to re-enact the temporary sulphur compliance unit trading system for the years 2020 to 2025.

The internal review of the five fuel regulations will be completed in 2021-2022. Stakeholders will be consulted in 2022-2023 on the findings of the analyses and the proposed path forward. This will include discussion on a permanent sulphur compliance unit trading system.

Planned consultation with provinces/territories and stakeholders was delayed by a year due to competing priorities including the Output Based Pricing System Regulations (OBPS) and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations and due to the inability to consult during the caretaker period for the 2021 federal election.

Key issues identified

In 2019, regulatees requested a permanent sulphur compliance unit (SCU) trading system, however due to time and resource constraints as a result of the pandemic, ECCC was not able to consult with stakeholders in 2020. An amendment was published in 2020 to re-enact the temporary trading system from 2020 to 2024, with the intention to consult on a permanent trading system.

The review and analyses of the bundle of fuel regulations identified opportunities to:

  • minimize, to the extent possible, administrative burden and costs for regulatees and government regarding compliance with and the administration of the regulations
  • eliminate duplicative reporting of same data in fuel quality regulations
  • reduce the number of reporting forms and reporting deadlines
  • reduce the amount of data that is reported
  • ensure consistency across definitions, exceptions/exemptions, record keeping requirements, etc.
  • simplify reporting and recordkeeping obligations
  • remove regulatory provisions and definitions that are no longer necessary

Stakeholder feedback

Consultations have not yet been conducted. Some feedback was obtained through annual compliance promotion sessions with regulatees, inquiries regarding the regulations, and comments submitted in September 2019 in response to Treasury Board Secretariat’s Federal Regulatory Modernization initiative, specifically the Targeted Regulatory Review. Feedback pointed to inconsistencies among definitions and exclusions, as well as duplication in gasoline and diesel fuel reporting under the federal fuels regulations and in reporting under the Output Based Pricing System Regulations (OBPS) and the proposed Clean Fuel Regulations.

In 2022-2023, consultations will inform stakeholders of the findings and seek input on a path forward.

Contact

Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca

Review of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations

Regulation

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

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations were published in 2009, and have never been subjected to a comprehensive review. A review will allow the identification of provisions needing clarification in order to facilitate their interpretation, enforcement and administration.

These regulations were based on the Ozone Transport Commission (north-east US states) regulatory requirements in force at the time. Since publication of ECCC’s regulations, regulatory limits in a number of U.S. states have been revised downward. The review will be an opportunity to identify where the regulations could better align with U.S. requirements to achieve further emissions reduction.

Approach to the review

ECCC will collect data and information relevant to the review and identify areas of the regulations requiring clarification. ECCC also contracted a study to review the regulatory limits. In 2022, ECCC will consult stakeholders to seek comments on the review conclusions and the proposed path forward.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2018

Targeted completion date for review

December 31, 2022

Status of review

Review in progress

Consultations are planned for spring 2022.

Key issues identified

To date, ECCC has identified areas of the regulations that require clarification. These include:

  • definitions and provisions that need to be revised to help stakeholders interpret the regulations and ascertain compliance;
  • provisions related to exemption; and
  • the permit renewal provisions that need to be revised to ease the administration of permits.

ECCC has also identified opportunities to achieve additional VOC emissions reduction by revising the regulatory limits and further alignment with U.S. requirements.

Stakeholder feedback

ECCC will consult stakeholders in 2022 on the key issues identified during the regulatory review and on the proposed changes to achieve further reductions in VOC emissions.

A discussion document will be shared with interested parties for comments. Interested parties, including other federal departments, provinces, territories, Indigenous groups and organizations, industry, environmental groups and public advocacy groups will be consulted.

Contact

Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.LeBrun@ec.gc.ca

Review of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Automotive Refinishing Products Regulations

Regulation

Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Automotive Refinishing Products Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

Since the publication of the regulations in 2009, there has not been a comprehensive review of the regulations. In addition, a number of administrative and compliance issues have been identified. A review is currently in progress to further understand the issues, assess the regulatory updates in the U.S., and determine if amendments are required.

Approach to the review

ECCC is gathering information on the issues identified and propose necessary corrective measures. Once the review is completed, ECCC will reach out to stakeholders to present the results and seek comments on the proposed path forward. Feedback received from stakeholders will be comprehensively examined as part of this review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amended in 2018

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2023

Status of review

Review in progress

ECCC is in the process of completing internal analysis. Public consultations seeking feedback on ECCC’s proposed approach will take place in 2022-2023.

Key issues identified

N/A

Stakeholder feedback

ECCC will consult stakeholders on the key issues identified in the review.

A discussion document will be posted on the department’s Environmental Registry for comments. Canadian stakeholders, including other federal departments, provinces, territories, Indigenous groups and organizations, industry, environmental groups and public advocacy groups will be consulted.

Contact

Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.LeBrun@ec.gc.ca

Review of Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations

Regulation

Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations

Enabling act

Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act

Rationale for the review

The Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations (WAPTR) were implemented in 1996. The regulations have been amended many times since being implemented in order to reflect changes to the list of protected species made by various Conferences of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). However, no comprehensive review has been undertaken since the regulations came into force. Amending the regulations will help to better align the regulations with the purposes set out in the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA), notably by implementing decisions agreed during CITES (CoP), address enforceability issues, update the structure of the regulations to better reflect current drafting practices, modernize the language, address inconsistencies and finally reduce administrative burdens.

Approach to the review

ECCC has initiated a review of WAPTR in order to identify issues with the regulations, and determine how these issues should be addressed in the proposed Regulations.

The department intends to consult with stakeholders and Canadians in Spring 2022 on the proposed amendments to modernize WAPTR. A Notice of Intent will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, and emails will be sent out to stakeholders. The consultation document will be accessible through the Government of Canada website.

Additionally, Canadians will also have the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed modernized regulations, which are targeting pre-publication in the Canada Gazette Part I in fall 2022 for a 30-day public comment period.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2020

Targeted completion date for review

July 31, 2022

Status of review

Review is in progress

Key issues identified

Through analysis of the WAPTR, the following issues have been identified:

  • Ensure consistency with the purposes set out in the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA), notably implementing decisions agreed during CITES CoP.
  • Address enforceability issues.
  • Increase clarity and facilitate interpretation and compliance by updating the structure of the regulations, the language, correcting inconsistencies and reducing administrative burdens.

Stakeholder feedback

External feedback will be considered once the external consultation is conducted.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs Division
613-297-1458
caroline.ladanowski@ec.gc.ca

Regulatory reviews planned in future years

This section outlines the regulations that ECCC plans on reviewing each year for the remainder of the 2019 to 2029 period. New regulations and regulations that have been reviewed will be incorporated into the plan on an ongoing basis.

Planned reviews in 2022 to 2023

Review of Concentration of Phosphorus in Certain Cleaning Products Regulations

Regulation

Concentration of Phosphorus in Certain Cleaning Products Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The Concentration of Phosphorus in Certain Cleaning Products Regulations first came into force as the Phosphorus Concentration Control Regulations under the Canada Water Act in 1970, to limit the concentration of phosphorus in laundry detergents. The regulations were transferred to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act in 1989. In 2009, the scope of the regulations was expanded to include concentration limits for household dishwashing detergents and household cleaners. No comprehensive review has been completed.

Approach to the review

ECCC will conduct a review of the Concentration of Phosphorus in Certain Cleaning Products Regulations in Spring 2022. This review will cover all sections of the regulations and it will focus on issues related to the interpretation of the regulations, specifically the definition of regulated products, concentration and exemptions. ECCC plans to consult with cleaning product manufacturers and importers to fill information data gaps and gather additional feedback. This information will be used to inform future action on the regulations, including possible amendments.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendments in 2019

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2023

Contact

Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.LeBrun@ec.gc.ca

Review of Experimental Lakes Area Research Activities Regulations

Regulation

Experimental Lakes Area Research Activities Regulations

Enabling act

Fisheries Act

Rationale for the review

The Experimental Lakes Area Regulations (ELA regulations) were finalized in 2014 and have not been reviewed since. The ELA regulations are ministerial regulations under the Fisheries Act. These regulations need to be reviewed to ensure that they remain relevant and that the conditions for the use of a ministerial regulation remain in place.

Approach to the review

There is only one regulated organization for the ELA regulations. ECCC will undertake consultation with the regulatee to ensure that they continue to meet the criteria for the use of ministerial regulations as required by the Regulations Establishing Conditions for Making Regulations Under Subsection 36(5.2) of the Fisheries Act, and to seek feedback on any issues that have arisen with the implementation of the regulations.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

December 2022

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca

Review of Marine Spark-Ignition Engine, Vessel and Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Emission Regulations

Regulation

Marine Spark-Ignition Engine, Vessel and Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Emission Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The Marine Spark-Ignition Engine, Vessel and Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Regulations were published in 2011, and have not received a dedicated review since publication. The goal of this evaluation is to determine the effectiveness of the regulations in achieving the stated environmental objectives, ensure that references to technical standards are correct and up-to-date, evaluate and mitigate unnecessary regulatory burden and unintended impacts, and ensure that there are sufficient and non-duplicative requirements within the regulations.

Approach to the review

ECCC will undertake consultations with stakeholders to seek feedback on issues that may have arisen with the implementation of the regulations. The review will assess the regulations in their entirety, including but not limited to the current regulatory requirements, current Canadian emissions reduction objectives, and historical emissions performance of marine spark-ignition engines and recreational vehicles to determine whether amendments are needed.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2017

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2023

Contact

Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transport Division
819-420-8020
stephane.couroux@ec.gc.ca

Review of New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers)

Regulation

New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers)

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The original New Substances Notification Regulations (NSR) came into effect in 1994, and provisions pertaining to living organisms were added in 1997, following a three-year review (1994-97). In 2000-2001, multi-stakeholder consultations on the NSR were also conducted. In 2005, the NSNR were divided into the New Substances Notification Regulations (Organisms) (NSNR (O)) and the New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers) (NSNR (C&P)). At that time, the chemicals and polymers regulations were significantly updated. However, there have been no substantial amendments or review of the NSNR (C&P) since that time.

With advances in science and technology since 2005, a comprehensive review of these regulations is now considered necessary.

Approach to the review

ECCC will conduct a review of the entire NSNR (C&P). The review’s primary objective is to ensure that the regulations align with advances in science and technology. Secondary objectives are to reduce regulatory burden and ensure competitiveness while still protecting human health and the environment.

Date of last review or amendment

Reviewed, repealed and replaced prior to 2005

Targeted completion date for review

December 31, 2022

Contact

Thomas Kruidenier
A/ Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
819-938-5086
thomas.kruidenier@ec.gc.ca

Review of Regulations Adding Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and Its Salts to the Virtual Elimination List

Regulation

Regulations Adding Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and Its Salts to the Virtual Elimination List

Enabling act

Perfluorooctane Sulfonate Virtual Elimination Act

Rationale for the review

The Perfluorooctane Sulfonate Virtual Elimination Act required the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health to make regulations, within nine months after the coming into force of the Act, to add perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and its salts to the Virtual Elimination List, compiled under subsection 65(2) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA).

The Regulations Adding Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and Its Salts to the Virtual Elimination List came into force on January 13, 2009. The objective of the regulations was strictly to add PFOS and its salts to the Virtual Elimination List; the regulations do not require any actions to be taken by stakeholders. The regulations were published in the Canada Gazette with the opportunity to provide comments during a 30-day period. No comments were received.

The Perfluorooctane Sulfonate Virtual Elimination Act and the Regulations Adding Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and Its Salts to the Virtual Elimination List are considered spent as the only thing they were intended for was to add PFOS and its salts to the Virtual Elimination List, and which has been completed.

Approach to the review

A review of these regulations is not required as the Perfluorooctane Sulfonate Virtual Elimination Act, and, as a result, the regulations made under that Act, are proposed to be repealed. The plan to repeal the Perfluorooctane Sulfonate Virtual Elimination Act was part of the title of Bill C-28 “An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, to make related amendments to the Food and Drugs Act and to repeal the Perfluorooctane Sulfonate Virtual Elimination Act. It is now part of the Bill S-5that was proposed on February 9, 2022.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

N/A

Contact

Christina Paradiso
Executive Director, Chemicals Management Division
819-938-4506
christina.paradiso@ec.gc.ca

Review of Rules of Procedure for Boards of Review

Regulation

Rules of Procedure for Boards of Review

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

The regulation has not been reviewed since it was first published in 2003. The last amendments to the regulation were made in 2016, addressing issues raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. To date, only one board of review has been convened. A review is needed to ensure that the procedural rules outlined in the regulation are still relevant and allow for flexibility in the operation of a board of review.

Approach to the review

Given the administrative nature of the regulations, ECCC will conduct the assessment internally. The objective of the review will be to determine if the regulation provides a clear understanding of the procedures and requirements related to boards of review. The review will also assess if the procedural rules can be simplified in a way that allows more flexibility in the board of review process.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2016

Targeted completion date for review

December 31, 2022

Contact

Ruta Fluxgold
Director, Regulatory Innovation and Management Systems
819-420-7274
ruta.fluxgold@ec.gc.ca

Planned reviews in 2023 to 2024

Review of Disposal at Sea Permit Fee Regulation

Regulation

Disposal at Sea Permit Fee Regulation

Enabling act

Financial Administration Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2010

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2024

Contact

Mona Sidarous
Regional Director, ATL Environmental Protection Operations
902-426-3593
mona.sidarous@ec.gc.ca

Review of Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations

Regulation

Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations

Enabling act

Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2024

Contact

Hannah Rogers
Executive Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
613-222-0435
hannah.rogers@ec.gc.ca

Review of Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations

Regulation

Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2018

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2024

Contact

Nicole Folliet
Director, Chemical Production Division
819-420-7708
nicole.folliet@ec.gc.ca

Review of Masked Name Regulations

Regulation

Masked Name Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2000

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2024

Contact

Thomas Kruidenier
A/Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
819-938-5086
thomas.kruidenier@ec.gc.ca

Review of Meat and Poultry Products Plant Liquid Effluent Regulations

Regulation

Meat and Poultry Products Plant Liquid Effluent Regulations

Enabling act

Fisheries Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last review 1994

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2024

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca

Review of Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations

Regulation

Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations

Enabling act

Fisheries Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2018

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2024

Contact

Aimee Zweig
Executive Director, Mining and Processing Division
613-220-6896
aimee.zweig@ec.gc.ca

Review of Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations

Regulation

Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Administrative amendments completed in 2021

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2024

Contact

Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.LeBrun@ec.gc.ca

Planned reviews in 2024 to 2025

Review of Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canada Wildlife Act) Regulations

Regulation

Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canada Wildlife Act) Regulations

Enabling act

Canada Wildlife Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2017

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2025

Contact

Karina Kessaris
A/Executive Director, Wildlife Enforcement Division
819-743-8938
karina.kessaris @ec.gc.ca

Review of Multi-sector Air Pollutants Regulations

Regulation

Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2020

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2025

Contact

Jennifer Kerr
Director, Air Emissions Priorities Division
819-420-7758
jennifer.kerr2@ec.gc.ca

Review of New Substances Fees Regulations

Regulation

New Substances Fees Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2005

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2025

Contact

Thomas Kruidenier
A/Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
819-938-5086
thomas.kruidenier@ec.gc.ca

Review of On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations

Regulation

On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2018

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2025

Contact

Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transport Division
819-420-8020
stephane.couroux@ec.gc.ca

Review of Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations

Regulation

Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2014

Mid-term evaluation of the regulations completed in 2021

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2025

Contact

Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transport Division
819-420-8020
stephane.couroux@ec.gc.ca

Review of Permits Authorizing an Activity Affecting Listed Wildlife Species Regulations

Regulation

Permits Authorizing an Activity Affecting Listed Wildlife Species Regulations

Enabling act

Species at Risk Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2025

Contact

Paula Brand
Director, Species at Risk Policy Division
613-355-9453
Paula.Brand@ec.gc.ca

Review of Petroleum Refinery Liquid Effluent Regulations

Regulation

Petroleum Refinery Liquid Effluent Regulations

Enabling act

Fisheries Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last review 1994

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2025

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca

Review of Prohibition of Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos Regulations

Regulation

Prohibition of Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2025

Contact

Christina Paradiso
Executive Director, Chemicals Management Division
819-938-4506
christina.paradiso@ec.gc.ca

Review of Regulations Designating Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999)

Regulation

Regulations Designating Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999)

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2018

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2025

Contact

Hannah Rogers
Executive Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
613-222-0435
hannah.rogers@ec.gc.ca

Review of Renewable Fuels Regulations (To be replaced by the Clean Fuel Regulations; repeal targeted for the end of 2023)

Regulation

Renewable Fuels Regulations (To be replaced by the Clean Fuel Regulations; repeal targeted for the end of 2023)

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2013

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2025

Contact

Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca

Planned reviews in 2025 to 2026

Review of Contaminated Fuel Regulations

Regulation

Contaminated Fuel Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last review 2017

Last amendment 2019

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2026

Contact

Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca

Review of Disposal at Sea Permit Application Regulations

Regulation

Disposal at Sea Permit Application Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2026

Contact

Mona Sidarous
Regional Director, ATL Environmental Protection Operations
902-426-3593
mona.sidarous@ec.gc.ca

Review of Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations

Regulation

Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2017

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2026

Contact

Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transport Division
819-420-8020
stephane.couroux@ec.gc.ca

Review of Potato Processing Plant Liquid Effluent Regulations

Regulation

Potato Processing Plant Liquid Effluent Regulations

Enabling act

Fisheries Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last review 1994

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2026

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca

Review of Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Regulations

Regulation

Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2018

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2026

Contact

Karl Abraham
A/Director, Electricity and Combustion Division
819-938-4272
Karl.Abraham@ec.gc.ca

Review of Regulations Prescribing Circumstances for Granting Waivers Pursuant to Section 147 of the Act

Regulation

Regulations Prescribing Circumstances for Granting Waivers Pursuant to Section 147 of the Act

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2018

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2026

Contact

Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca

Review of Scott Islands Protected Marine Area Regulations

Regulation

Scott Islands Protected Marine Area Regulations

Enabling act

Canada Wildlife Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2026

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs Division
613-297-1458
caroline.ladanowski@ec.gc.ca

Review of Solvent Degreasing Regulations

Regulation

Solvent Degreasing Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2018

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2026

Contact

Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.LeBrun@ec.gc.ca

Review of Tributyltetradecylphosphonium Chloride (TTPC) Regulations

Regulation

Tributyltetradecylphosphonium Chloride (TTPC) Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2018

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2026

Contact

Nicole Folliet
Director, Chemical Production Division
819-420-7708
nicole.folliet@ec.gc.ca

Planned reviews in 2026 to 2027

Review of 2-Butoxyethanol Regulations

Regulation

2-Butoxyethanol Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2014

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2027

Contact

Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.LeBrun@ec.gc.ca

Review of Antarctic Environmental Protection Regulations

Regulation

Antarctic Environmental Protection Regulations

Enabling act

Antarctic Environmental Protection Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2010

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2027

Contact

Mona Sidarous
Regional Director, ATL Environmental Protection Operations
902-426-3593
mona.sidarous@ec.gc.ca

Review of Asbestos Mines and Mills Release Regulations

Regulation

Asbestos Mines and Mills Release Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last review 1994

Last amendment 2000

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2027

Contact

Aimee Zweig
Executive Director, Mining and Processing Division
613-220-6896
aimee.zweig@ec.gc.ca

Review of Gasoline and Gasoline Blend Dispensing Flow Rate Regulations

Regulation

Gasoline and Gasoline Blend Dispensing Flow Rate Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2027

Contact

Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transport Division
819-420-8020
stephane.couroux@ec.gc.ca

Review of Persistence and Bioaccumulation Regulations

Regulation

Persistence and Bioaccumulation Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2027

Contact

Thomas Kruidenier
A/Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
819-938-5086
thomas.kruidenier@ec.gc.ca

Review of Pulp and Paper Mill Defoamer and Wood Chip Regulations

Regulation

Pulp and Paper Mill Defoamer and Wood Chip Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2027

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca

Review of Pulp and Paper Mill Effluent Chlorinated Dioxins and Furans Regulations

Regulation

Pulp and Paper Mill Effluent Chlorinated Dioxins and Furans Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2027

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca

Review of Regulations Limiting Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Natural Gas-fired Generation of Electricity

Regulation

Regulations Limiting Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Natural Gas-fired Generation of Electricity

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2027

Contact

Karl Abraham
A/Director, Electricity and Combustion Division
819-938-4272
Karl.Abraham@ec.gc.ca

Review of Virtual Elimination List

Regulation

Virtual Elimination List

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Last amendment 2009

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2027

Contact

Ruta Fluxgold
Director, Regulatory Innovation and Management Systems
819-420-7274
ruta.fluxgold@ec.gc.ca

Planned reviews in 2027 to 2028

Review of Cross-border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations

Regulation

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

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2028

Contact

Astrid Télasco
Director, Waste Reduction and Management Division
819-938-4478
astrid.telasco@ec.gc.ca

Review of International River Improvements Regulations

Regulation

International River Improvements Regulations

Enabling act

International River Improvements Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2028

Contact

Malcolm Conly
Acting Executive Director, National Hydrological Services
306-975-4833
malcolm.conly@ec.gc.ca

Review of Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations

Regulation

Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations

Enabling act

Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Never been comprehensively amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2028

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs Division
613-297-1458
caroline.ladanowski@ec.gc.ca

Review of Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations

Regulation

Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2020

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2028

Contact

Nicole Folliet
Director, Chemical Production Division
819-420-7708
nicole.folliet@ec.gc.ca

Review of PCB Regulations

Regulation

PCB Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2015

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2028

Contact

Astrid Télasco
Director, Waste Reduction and Management Division
819-938-4478
astrid.telasco@ec.gc.ca

Review of Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012

Regulation

Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Administrative amendment in 2021

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2028

Contact

Christina Paradiso
Executive Director, Chemicals Management Division
819-938-4506
christina.paradiso@ec.gc.ca

Review of Regulations Establishing Conditions for Making Regulations Under Subsection 36(5.2) of the Fisheries Act

Regulation

Regulations Establishing Conditions for Making Regulations Under Subsection 36(5.2) of the Fisheries Act

Enabling act

Fisheries Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2028

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca

Review of Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations

Regulation

Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2018

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2028

Contact

Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.LeBrun@ec.gc.ca

Planned reviews in 2028 to 2029

Review of Disposal at Sea Regulations

Regulation

Disposal at Sea Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2014

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2029

Contact

Mona Sidarous
Regional Director, ATL Environmental Protection Operations
902-426-3593
mona.sidarous@ec.gc.ca

Review of Heavy-duty Vehicle and Engine Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations

Regulation

Heavy-duty Vehicle and Engine Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Last amendment 2018

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2029

Contact

Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transport Division
819-420-8020
stephane.couroux@ec.gc.ca

Review of Output-Based Pricing System Regulations

Regulation

Output-Based Pricing System Regulations

Enabling act

Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Review in progress in 2022, with consultation paper released in December 2021.

Last amendment 2021

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2029

Contact

Kate Teeple
Director, Industrial GHG Emissions Management
819-938-5721
Katherine.teeple@ec.gc.ca

Review of Products Containing Mercury Regulations

Regulation

Products Containing Mercury Regulations

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2029

Contact

Matt LeBrun
Director, Products Division
1-888-391-3426 / 819-938-4483 PD Hotline
Matt.LeBrun@ec.gc.ca

Review of Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector)

Regulation

Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector)

Enabling act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2029

Contact

Magda Little
Director, Oil, Gas and Alternate Energy Division
819-420-8047
FUELS-CARBURANTS@ec.gc.ca

Review of Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations

Regulation

Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations

Enabling act

Fisheries Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2029

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
819-938-4251
caroline.blais@ec.gc.ca

Review of Weather Modification Information Regulations

Regulation

Weather Modification Information Regulations

Enabling act

Weather Modification Information Act

Rationale for the review

When known, ECCC will provide the reason for the regulatory review.

Approach to the review

When known, ECCC will provide a description of the anticipated review process and indicate key objectives of the review.

Date of last review or amendment

Never been reviewed

Never been amended

Targeted completion date for review

March 31, 2029

Contact

David Henry
Director General, Atmospheric Science and Technology
613-949-7571
david.henry@ec.gc.ca

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