Canadian Environmental Protection Act Registry
Bill S-5, Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act received Royal Assent on June 13, 2023. The Government of Canada is working on the implementation of the modernized CEPA, which includes recognizing that every individual in Canada has a right to a healthy environment and strengthening Canada’s chemicals management regime.
Please note that some of the documents in this registry may contain information that relates to the previous version of CEPA. Relevant documents will be updated in the coming months to reflect CEPA as amended by the Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act.
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.
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.
- Toxic substances
- Domestic substances
- Non-domestic substances
- Priority substances
- Export control
- Disposal at sea matter
- Virtual elimination
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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Notices, orders and permits
Under CEPA, the minister is required to give public notice for activities that take place under the act.
An order is an instruction, decision or direction given by the minister(s) or the government which is authorized by legislation.
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:
- Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 and Bills and related documents
- Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999: general information
- Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999: historical
- Canadian Environmental Protection Act registry publications
- Canadian Environmental Protection Act review
- Compliance and enforcement policy for CEPA (Under review)
- Enforcement and compliance
- Environmental protection alternative measures
- Fact sheets
- Guidelines, objectives and codes of practice
- Memoranda of understanding
- Monitoring, reporting and research
- Notices of objection
- Plans and policies
- Significant new activity notices
- Lists of substances
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.
Consulting with Canadians website
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