Voluntary public engagement initiative

Public engagement on the risk assessment of higher organisms under the New Substances program

Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada are working together to promote more public engagement in the risk assessment of higher organisms (e.g. genetically modified plants and animals) under the New Substances (NS) program.

The NS program will publish summaries of higher organism notifications and invite stakeholders to share scientific information and test data related to potential risks to the environment or human health from the new living organisms. Information that could be shared to inform the risk assessment process, include:

  • environmental fate information
  • ecological effects information
  • human health effects information or
  • exposure information (sources, routes of exposure, etc.)

Please provide information in English or French. Your information may be summarized and published in part or in full, along with your name and affiliation. Please be sure to identify any confidential business information so that it may be protected.

Include your name, affiliation, telephone number, e-mail and mailing address and use the following format in the title of your submission: Public Participation: [add NSN] – [add Substance Designation].

Active engagement initiative

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Where to send your submission  

Substances Management Information Line
Information Management and Data Collection
Science and Technology Branch
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Place Vincent Massey, 351 St. Joseph Blvd
Gatineau, QC, K1A 0H3
Telephone:  1-800-567-1999 (Toll Free in Canada)
Telephone:  1-819-938-3232 (Outside of Canada)
Facsimile: 1-819-938-5212
E-mail: eccc.substances.eccc@canada.ca

Comments can also be submitted to the NS program using the online reporting system available through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window.

Past engagement initiatives

Higher organisms Public comment period
Danio rerio genetically modified
  • GloFish® Cosmic Blue® Danio
  • GloFish® Galactic Purple® Danio
June 17, 2019 to July 2, 2019

Danio rerio genetically modified

  • GloFish® Sunburst Orange® Danio
April 15, 2019 to April 29, 2019
AquAdvantage® salmon September 14, 2018 to October 12, 2018
Gymnocorymbus ternetzi genetically modified
  • GloFish® Cosmic Blue® Tetra
  • GloFish® Sunburst Orange® Tetra and Long-Fin Sunburst Orange® Tetra
  • GloFish® Moonrise Pink® Tetra and Long-Fin Moonrise Pink® Tetra
  • GloFish® Galactic Purple® Tetra and Long-Fin Galactic Purple® Tetra
  • GloFish® Starfire Red® Tetra and Long-Fin Starfire Red® Tetra
July 12, 2018 to July 26, 2018
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