Guide to understanding the Canadian Environmental Protection Act: chapter 1

1. Introduction

This guide explains the key features of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). CEPA 1999 is an important part of Canada's federal environmental legislation aimed at preventing pollution and protecting the environment and human health. The goal of CEPA 1999 is to contribute to sustainable development - development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

CEPA 1999 came into force on March 31, 2000 following an extensive Parliamentary review of the former CEPA. CEPA 1999 contains significant improvements for the protection of the environment over the former act. It:

This guide describes CEPA 1999's:

For further information on CEPA 1999, please refer to the list of contacts and sources in Appendix A and the various websites listed in Appendix B.

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