Compliance and enforcement policy for the Canadian Environmental Protection Act: 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. They 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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