Canadian Environmental Protection Act: compliance and enforcement policy: chapter 2

Guiding principles

The following general principles govern the application of the act:

  • compliance with the act and its regulations is mandatory
  • enforcement officers throughout Canada will apply the act in a manner that is fair, predictable and consistent
  • enforcement officers will use rules, sanctions and processes securely founded in law
  • enforcement officers will administer the act with an emphasis on prevention of damage to the environment
  • enforcement officers will examine every suspected violation of which they have knowledge, and will take action consistent with this compliance and enforcement policy
  • enforcement officers will encourage the reporting of suspected violations of the act
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