Canadian Environmental Protection Act Registry

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, and the Minister of Health, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos announced the introduction of Bill S-5, Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act. Bill S-5 amends the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, and focuses particularly on recognizing a right to a healthy environment under the Act and strengthening Canada’s chemicals management regime.

In this registry you can find documents relating to the administration of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA). The Act governs a variety of environmental matters such as air and water pollution, waste management and toxic substances. Read more about Canada’s action on pollution and waste management.

Substance lists

Substance lists

CEPA provides for the assessment of new and existing substances to determine and reduce their potential risk to the environment and human health. It establishes lists or inventories which are amended regularly to include those substances deemed eligible following their assessment.

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Other related information

Chemical substances (Health Canada)

Codes of practice

Codes of practice

Codes of practice provide recommended procedures and practices for reducing emissions, effluents and wastes.

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Search current, proposed or repealed regulations or perform a keyword search.

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Notices, orders and permits


Under CEPA, the minister is required to give public notice for activities that take place under the act.

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An order is an instruction, decision or direction given by the minister(s) or the government which is authorized by legislation.

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A permit is written authorization to carry out certain activities at a specific location(s), within a specified period of time and may contain certain conditions.

Under CEPA, the following types of permits have been issued:

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A requirement of CEPA is the establishment of this registry for the purpose of providing easy access to documents relating to matters under the act.

The following documents can be found in this registry:

Public consultations

Public consultations

Note: A new online commenting feature is available for all stakeholders wishing to send comments on proposed regulations published in the Canada Gazette.

Search all public consultations currently in progress, as well as any completed consultations under CEPA.

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