Keeping Canadians Healthy

Air Quality

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.

CIAC has long been dedicated to GHG emission reductions. Since 1992, our emissions of Schedule 1 substances have decreased by over 85 per cent. Our national emissions reduction plan was the inspiration for the NPRI, and we continue to advocate for transparent reporting.

CIAC is an active member of the Air Quality Management System (AQMS), a process led by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment allowing both industry and government collaboration.

CIAC is a prominent voice in the dialogue on air quality, and we continue to work with federal and provincial governments to provide Canadians with a clean environment while supporting industry interests.

Chemicals Management

CIAC and its members advocate for transparency and a risk-based approach to chemicals management. We are very supportive of the federal government’s current Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) approach, which balances risk with precaution. The CMP effectively prioritizes and manages thousands of substances needing risk assessment. Canada has the highest completion record in the world, having categorized 23,000 substances and completed a comprehensive risk assessment for over 3,000 substances.

CIAC believes the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) must maintain the framework that has made Canada a global leader in chemical management. We need to finish the job that we started and we need to set priorities for assessment post-2020.

Vulnerable Populations

Vulnerable populations include groups of individuals within the general population who, due to either greater susceptibility or greater potential exposure, might have a higher risk of adverse health effects from exposure to a chemical substance. These can include the elderly, children, northern inhabitants, listed professions, and others.

We believe that the government does a good job of taking notice of this important issue. CIAC believes that the CEPA definition of vulnerable population should align with that of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which includes “potentially exposed subpopulations.”

Endocrine Disrupting Substances

The CMP efficiently evaluates the impact of Endocrine Disrupting (ED) substances and exposure concerns. A recent Health Canada publication, Consideration of endocrine-related effects in risk assessment, offers insight on actions taken to address ED substances and affirms the CMP process as a successful approach.

We strongly support research being conducted to examine the best risk management measures, the thresholds which could apply to specific ED substances, as well as developing risk management techniques and reporting requirements on ED substances. As this area of science continues to evolve, approaches should be flexible and examined thoroughly.

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