Chemicals Management

The Challenge

The chemistry industry is a vital element to our economy. Canadians need to be confident that their health, safety, and environment are protected at all times.

Our Solutions

Canada’s chemistry industry is committed to the responsible stewardship of chemicals. CIAC supports the federal government’s world-leading Chemicals Management Plan (CMP). The CMP is a rigorous, risk-based approach to assessing and managing chemical substances that positions Canada as a global leader in chemicals management.

CIAC will continue to advocate for robust funding for the CMP. In the past, we have co-authored letters with environmental non-governmental organizations to ensure the continued funding for the program. Canada has assessed more than 3,000 chemicals and we need to continue this work to ensure that Canadians can remain confident that their health, safety, and environment are protected.

The Challenge

The chemistry industry is a vital element to our economy. Canadians need to be confident that their health, safety, and environment are protected at all times.

Our Solutions

Canada’s chemistry industry is committed to the responsible stewardship of chemicals. CIAC supports the federal government’s world-leading Chemicals Management Plan (CMP). The CMP is a rigorous, risk-based approach to assessing and managing chemical substances that positions Canada as a global leader in chemicals management.

CIAC will continue to advocate for robust funding for the CMP. In the past, we have co-authored letters with environmental non-governmental organizations to ensure the continued funding for the program. Canada has assessed more than 3,000 chemicals and we need to continue this work to ensure that Canadians can remain confident that their health, safety, and environment are protected.

Keeping Canadians healthy

The health of Canadians is of paramount importance and underlies everything that CIAC and our members do. Canadians have a right to a safe and healthy environment, including strict air and water quality standards.

Working with our regulatory partners

CIAC and its members advocate for transparency and a risk-based approach to chemicals management.

Canadian Environmental Protection Act

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) is a broad statute which governs many different aspects of environmental regulation in Canada. CIAC is supportive of CEPA’s risk-based approach to Chemicals Management. Canada remains a global leader in chemicals management and is at the forefront of the risk-based approach. This approach has been cemented into many of our trade agreements. It is CIAC’s view that the risk-based approach enshrined in the Act must be persevered. Like every other Statute of Canada, there are areas of the Act which can be enhanced in the event that Parliament elects to amend the statute.

CEPA Schedule 1

From the outset of the CMP, the name of Schedule 1 has created considerable communications challenges for both industry and government. The term ‘CEPA toxic’ carries a colloquial meaning that does not represent the nature of the substances on Schedule 1. For example, there are substances which are essential to life itself that are on the list without any context for why the government is concerned about them. This power to contextualize why a substance is of concern must be made clear in CEPA to focus on a form, use or to specifically exclude a form or use of a chemical substance. Industry also recommends amending the name of the Toxic Substances List (TSL) to better reflect what the list represents: substances of concern that require risk management.

Ensuring Flexibility for Regulators

Over the course of the COVID-19 crisis, industry has seen unparalleled difficulties in meeting regulatory requirements in a timely fashion. Unlike many other Acts, no compliance flexibility exists in CEPA. As a result, industry writ large are advocating to develop a legislative ‘safety valve’” for emergency situations to provide the Ministers with the authority to suspend certain requirements or regulations. By way of example, CEPA regulations require third party verification or external sampling to be taken, and to do so often require onsite visits from non-essential staff.

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