Environmental emergency regulations: letter of intent to consult

November 2013

In the fall of 2013, Environment Canada will start public consultations regarding the proposed amendments to the Environmental Emergency Regulations (E2 Regulations). The purpose of the amendments is to better protect Canadians and their environment from environmental emergencies, and to provide the regulated community with clarity on existing regulatory requirements.  

The key proposals of the amendments include

  • the addition of 49 substances to Schedule 1 of the E2 Regulations and the amendment of thresholds for 3 existing substances;
  • 20 substances from the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) Challenge
  • 16 substances from the CMP Petroleum Substances Stream Approach (PSSA)
  • 12 strong acids and bases (plus revising the threshold for 3 substances that are already regulated under the E2 Regulations)
  • 1 additional substance
  • clarifications for regulatory requirements regarding E2 plans and measures to notify the public;
  • the identification of reporting notification triggers related to minimum substance quantity releases;
  • modifications to Schedule 1 of the E2 Regulations to consolidate all three parts under a single list; and
  • administrative corrections or minor changes.

As part of this project, Environment Canada will be consulting Canadians in late 2013 and early 2014. The objective of the consultations is to obtain your feedback on the proposed amendments. 

Consultation methodology

Environment Canada will use a variety of means to inform and consult, including its website, electronic surveys, working groups and meetings (online and/or in person). Participants will be asked to provide, among other details, information pertaining to the impacts of the proposed amendments on their business activities.

How to get involved

To obtain more information or to participate in a consultation, please:

Please note that Environment Canada may notify certain participants for a given consultation event to ensure that the feedback it seeks reflects a representative sample of the target population for the study. Not all applicants, however, will be asked to participate in every consultation event.

Environment Canada is committed to respecting the privacy of consultation participants. All personal information created, held or collected by the Department is protected by the Privacy Act.

For more information on Environment Canada's privacy policies, please consult the Privacy Act notice.


Results will be posted on the Environmental Emergencies website as they become available. Comments and responses may be collated and summarized. Following this consultation process, we will publish the proposed amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in late 2014 for formal public comment. The regulations will be officially amended once they are approved and published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

-Fact Sheet (458 KB, PDF)

-List of proposed substances (481 KB, PDF)

-Overview of the Proposed 2nd Amendment (172 KB, PDF)


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