Proposed amendments to the Contraventions Regulations: invitation to comment

Proposal to designate, as ticketable offences under the Contraventions Act and the Contraventions Regulations, various offences under regulations of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). 

As indicated in the CEPA 1999 Compliance and Enforcement Policy, tickets are available as an enforcement measure for minor regulatory offences which have minimal or no threat to the environment or human life or health. Using tickets provides an overall less costly and less time-consuming alternative to summary convictions, to deal with individuals or companies that violate CEPA 1999 regulations and who commit, for example, the offence of:

  • failing to sign a report required to be submitted to the Minister of Environment under a given CEPA 1999 regulations;
  • failing to file a complete report (that is, one containing all the information required by the regulations);
  • failing to keep all records, reports and other prescribed documents at the facility for a period of five years;
  • etc.

The Contraventions Act allows an alleged violator to enter a plea and make representations or contest the fines associated with the offence before the court.  Please refer to the Department of Justice Website  to consult the Act.

Comments and/or recommendations may be provided by an individual, a corporation, a government body or any other interested group such as industrial associations or environmental groups. You may provide comments and/or recommendations on any aspect of this proposal. 

Please submit your comments and/or recommendations via the comment link below before February 4th, 2013. You may also address your comments and/or recommendations to:

Contraventions Amendments Coordinator

By Mail:
Regulatory Analysis Division
Enforcement Branch
Environment Canada
200 Sacré-Cœur Boulevard, 14 th floor
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0H3

By Email:

By Fax: (819) 934-1544

Please type:  “Consultation on proposed amendments to the Contraventions Regulations” in the subject line of your message.

The consultation will be followed by a comment period. Comments received during this period will be taken into consideration while drafting the proposed regulations.  Environment Canada and Justice Canada welcomes the distribution of this consultation document to any interested and affected parties. 

Decisions on the outcome of the proposal will be communicated via the CEPA Environmental Registry.

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