8. Conclusions

This evaluation of the Government of Canada’s risk management of mercury has allowed the consolidation of the results of various actions. In addition, a process has been established to track the progress made in achieving the Risk Management Strategy objective. Key conclusions of this evaluation are as follows:

1. Progress is being made in minimizing, and where feasible, eliminating anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury to the environment. Given continuing adverse environmental effects, efforts should continue to be made to lower mercury levels in the environment

2. There has been progress in minimizing human exposure to mercury. Efforts should continue to decrease mercury exposure as much as possible in order to protect human health

3. Domestic controls put in place have contributed to the Risk Management Strategy’s environmental objective. Newer controls may not yet have had their full effect given the short timeframe examined

4. Canada has supported the international community in creating and implementing a legally binding mercury agreement, the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Continued engagement and leadership internationally are essential to support this agreement’s ratification, implementation, and objectives

5. In light of the results of this performance evaluation, current and planned mercury risk management efforts should continue in order to manage risks from mercury. Performance measurement and monitoring activities play an important role in Canada’s risk management efforts and should also continue

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