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Statement by the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada on Canada Gazette II Order regarding “plastic manufactured items”

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) expressed disappointment with the Government of Canada’s move today to list all plastic manufactured items on Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). 

We remain concerned that today’s decision sends the wrong message to global chemistry investors, namely that Canada is ambivalent about the enormous investment prospects for the circular economy for plastics.   

“Let us be clear, one piece of plastic waste in the environment is one too many,” said Elena Mantagaris, VicePresident of Chemistry Industry Association of Canada’s (CIAC) Plastics Division. “This is why Canada’s plastics industry is committed to solving the plastic waste problem and has set a goal to make 100 per cent of plastic packaging recyclable or recoverable by 2030 and embracing advanced recycling technologies to make plastics packaging 100 per cent recovered and recycled by 2040. 

“By making plastics completely recyclable and transforming waste into new plastic items and other products, we can help Canada realize its goal of zero plastic waste. 

While the government has exercised its authorities, CIAC is disappointed that safe inert plastic materials that play such important roles in Canadians lives are being labelled as toxic substances. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada heard clearly from the industry, and a broad cross-section of other industries where plastics play an important role, that such a move would do little to keep post-consumer plastics out of the environment.  

CIAC continues to believe that CEPA is not an appropriate legislative instrument for managing post-consumer plastics.This is why we are advocating instead for a national circular economy framework that includes six strategic areas of focus to build a circular economy for plastics in CanadaThese are: 

  • Product design  
  • Increase access to recycling and collection  
  • Improve sortation capabilities  
  • Strengthen mechanical and advanced recycling capabilities  
  • Grow and expand end-markets  
  • Engage and educate consumers  

We will continue to work with the federal government to understand the scope of impacts on businesses stemming from regulations expected later this year. Our attention remains firmly focused on working with the provinces to advance extended producer responsibility initiatives coast to coast and creating more enabling policy and investment environments to support a circular economy for plastics. 

CIAC welcomes federal government’s tabling of the new CEPA modernization legislation

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) welcomes the federal government’s tabling of legislation to modernize the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) today. We are pleased to see a legislative recognition of the Right to a Healthy Environment in the preamble of the Act, in keeping with our U.N.recognized Responsible Care® initiative.   

CEPA 99 and the legislated risk-based approach to Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan represent the global gold standard for protecting the environment and ensuring public confidence in the chemistries essential for our everyday lives. This Bill offers a well-balanced approach to addressing identified shortcomings in the current legislation while preserving the essential, risk-based approach to the regulation of chemicals in the Canadian economy,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. 

For more than 35 years, Canada’s chemistry sector has led the journey towards safe, responsible, and sustainable chemical manufacturing through its U.N.-recognized sustainability initiative, Responsible Care. Founded in Canada in 1985, Responsible Care is now practiced in 73 countries and by 96 of the 100 largest chemical producers in the world.  

Through Responsible Care, CIAC member-companies strive to “do the right thing and be seen to do the right thing.” They innovate for safer and greener products and processes, and work to continuously improve their environmental, health and safety performanceThis is why CIAC worked with leading environment NGOsin 2018 to deliver a joint statement of CEPA recommendations to the Minister. In this statement, the parties recognized the importance of environmental, societal and governance (ESG) initiatives like Responsible Care in safeguarding the right to a healthy environment. 

We share the government’s concerns about vulnerable populations; previous risk assessments have directly dealt with this issue,” said Mr. Masterson. “We support the need to maintain the science and risk-based framework for CEPA and CMP that relies on a weight-of-evidence approach to risk assessments and risk management, bolstered by precaution where appropriate. 

CIAC looks forward to continuing to work with the federal government to modernize CEPA and to ensure it preserves a science and riskbased approach. 

CIAC supportive of recommendations in Commissioner’s status report update on toxic substances

The Hill Times: CIAC responds to government’s CEPA review recommendations

Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC, was featured in the Hill Times July 9 in a story about the 87 recommendations that were put forward by the House Environment Committee in its 2017 review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).

Saying he was “most happy” to see the risk-based regulatory approach maintained, Mr. Masterson said CIAC opposed a change in this approach because it would assume too many chemicals are unsafe without first conducting scientific studies.

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