Canadian Environmental Protection Act Registry

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.

Codes of practice

Codes of practice

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

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Regulations and instruments

Regulations and instruments

Search current and proposed regulations and other instruments under CEPA including pollution prevention planning notices and significant new activity notices.

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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.

In addition to the documents listed in the previous tabs, the following documents are also found in this registry:

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Public consultations

Public consultations

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

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