Performance measurement for toxic substances

Performance measurement evaluations provide Canadians with information on the effectiveness of risk management actions in place for substances found to be toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). The risk management, human health and environmental objectives are systematically evaluated using robust data and expert analysis.

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Performance measurement evaluation reports

Performance measurement evaluation reports are available for:

Upcoming substances for evaluation

Substances will be selected as set out in a performance measurement evaluation strategy. Performance evaluation reports will be made available on this page as they are completed. Substances that currently have performance evaluations underway are:

Performance measurement evaluation strategy

Performance measurement evaluation is an important part of the overall chemicals management process. Following risk assessment and risk management implementation phases, performance measurement will help ensure that Canadians can have confidence that their health and the environment are being protected from harmful substances. Providing results to Canadians on how well risk management strategies and tools have performed will enable stakeholders and the public to better understand how effectively their health and the environment are protected from toxic substances.

The 2018 fall report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD) to the Parliament of Canada on toxic substances found that Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada needed to do more to make sure they were controlling the risks of toxic substances and informing the public of these risks. The CESD report suggested that both departments create a long-term strategy to measure how successful their actions are in managing the risks of toxic substances. The departments have developed a Performance Measurement Evaluation Strategy that sets out the approach to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken on substances found toxic under CEPA 1999. The Strategy outlines the decision-making process of which substances are ready to be evaluated and factors that would be considered when conducting performance measurement evaluations.

Reducing the risks posed by toxic substances

The Government of Canada aims to reduce the risks posed by toxic substances to Canadians and their environment through risk management actions under the Chemicals Management Plan. Canadians may hear about substance release guidelines, pollution prevention planning notices, recalls and safety alerts or substances described on Health Canada's cosmetic ingredient hotlist. These actions result from risk management tools implemented by the Government of Canada to help protect Canadians and their environment from the risks posed by certain toxic substances.

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