Section 75 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Section 75 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) calls for cooperating and developing information exchange procedures with Canadian provinces, territories and Indigenous governments and with Member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The procedures focus on the exchange of information on substances that are prohibited or substantially restricted by the legislation of those jurisdictions for environmental or health reasons. In addition, decisions made by these other jurisdictions to prohibit or substantially restrict substances are to be reviewed to determine whether the substances are "toxic" or capable of becoming "toxic" as defined under CEPA 1999. This process is designed to complement the existing process for assessing the environmental and health impacts of substances.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is currently developing recommendations for procedures to exchange information with OECD jurisdictions and with provincial/territorial/Indigenous governments in Canada as well as for the review of decisions made by those jurisdictions.

On April 1, 2016, the Government of Canada published a document entitled Implementing Section 75 of CEPA 1999 for a 60-day public comment period (from April 1 to May 31, 2016). Comments received on the proposed Approach will be taken into consideration when developing the final Approach document.

Any person may, within 60 days after this publication, file with Department of Environment and Climate Change, written comments on the measure the Minister proposes to take. All comments must cite this web page and be sent to the Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H3, 819-938-5212 (fax), (email).

In accordance with section 313 of CEPA 1999, any person who provides information in response to this Notice may submit with the information a request that it be treated as confidential.

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