Implementing the modernized Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Bill S-5, Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act received Royal Assent on June 13, 2023. This Bill modernizes the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA or the “Act”) by recognizing the right to a healthy environment as provided under the Act, strengthening Canada’s chemicals management regime and increasing transparency in the way it is administered.

The Government of Canada is working to implement the modernized Act through several initiatives that include the development of various instruments, such as frameworks, policies, strategies, regulations, and processes. There will be opportunities for public input and participation in these different initiatives.

Planned public consultation opportunities

The following list enumerates the timing of public consultation opportunities for initiatives that will support a strengthened and modernized CEPA. All consultations listed below will be for 60 days unless noted otherwise.

Timing of the consultations is based on the best information available at the time of publication of this web page and is subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates.

Our goal is to avoid having more than one consultation request to Canadians at a time. However, overlapping periods may be necessary in cases where consultation timing provides the best opportunity possible to align with the government’s decision and policy-making cycle.

List of public consultation opportunities:

Get involved

The Government of Canada has launched a consultation on the development of a right to a healthy environment implementation framework under CEPA. The public is invited to review the discussion document and submit responses to the questions to inform the development of the framework. To find out more and share your thoughts, please click on the following link: Right to a healthy environment

Key initiatives

Right to a healthy environment

The Government of Canada is developing an implementation framework on recognizing the right to a healthy environment under CEPA. More details on the right to a healthy environment and how to get involved in the development of the implementation framework are now available.

Strengthening Canada’s chemicals management regime

The Government of Canada is developing a multi-year, integrated plan of chemicals management priorities. The plan will include risk assessment priorities and other priority initiatives that support chemicals management, such as information-gathering, research and monitoring, risk management, risk communication as well as include a strategy to guide the replacement, reduction or refinement of vertebrate animal testing under CEPA.

Useful information

Closed consultations

Strategy to replace, reduce or refine vertebrate animal testing

Title: Notice of intent on the development of a strategy to guide the replacement, reduction, or refinement of vertebrate animal testing under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA)

Public comment period: November 30, 2023 to January 29, 2024

Notice of intent on the development of a strategy to guide the replacement, reduction, or refinement of vertebrate animal testing under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA)

Public comments received: A summary of the input received through this consultation will be included with the draft strategy.

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