CIAC Reacts to Throne Speech

The Speech from the Throne and subsequent Prime Ministerial address to the nation was a collective opportunity to show Canadians how the federal government will lead the economic recovery while continuing to protect the environment and the health of Canadians. With the challenges Canadians and businesses are facing, we must ensure that new regulatory measures will continue to contribute to—and not detract from—our much-needed economic recovery.

The Speech reconfirmed the government’s intention to ban single-use plastics which is a step backwards in the fight against plastic waste. Rather than pursuing this go-it-alone policy, Canada should commit to a reimagination of recycling and repurposing of plastics in collaboration with the provinces. What is needed to truly address this issue is purposeful circular economy legislation that sets recycled content standards, national performance requirements, extended producer responsibility, and defines the life-cycle assessment of products. Industry and government should work together to secure new investments in advanced recycling systems and new technologies to turn plastic waste into a valuable commodity. Scientifically sound and smart solutions to address plastic waste will create thousands of jobs and usher in the next wave of economic prosperity while safeguarding a critical resource that complements safety, efficiency, and sustainability.

The Speech also invoked the government’s plan to reform the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). CIAC believes that the fundamentals of the Act remain strong. The Act is the global gold standard for the risk-based approach, and that approach must be preserved. There are areas for improvement and modernization identified by the Standing Committee that CIAC supports wholeheartedly.

CIAC believes that all new legislation should be focused on getting Canadians back to work. Parliament must focus on improvements to CEPA that safeguard Canadians from exposures of concern, but also ensures that where there is no risk that there be no new regulatory hurdles to operating in Canada. Changes to CEPA should reduce risk, but also signal that Canada is open to encouraging investment in our sector.

We look forward to continue working with the federal government and it should be commended for portions of the Throne Speech—including the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 which the chemistry industry fully supports. Additionally, addressing systemic racism and increasing diversity; indigenous reconciliation; and bringing more women back into the workforce are initiatives of critical focus for all levels of government in Canada.

Overall, CIAC is encouraging more cooperation with industry to move the Canadian economy forward effectively.

CIAC Delivers Pre-Budget Submission, Focuses on Economic Recovery and Cooperation

Dedicated to helping Canada rebound from the impacts of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) delivered its pre-budget submission to the federal government on Friday, providing effective, realistic recommendations aimed at rebuilding the Canadian economy quickly, and in a cooperative manner.

The comprehensive paper outlines recommendations that ensure regulations stay in place to protect the health of Canadians and the environment while pushing for less red tape, R&D funding, and increased investment in chemistry and plastic industries which are essential to Canada—providing a nearly $70 billion to the Canadian economy in 2019.

“While Canada is showing signs of economic recovery, we remain well short of pre-COVID economic activity,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “Further progress is going to be difficult and hard-earned. The federal government must maintain a strict emphasis on economic recovery. There is no need to backtrack on current regulations, however, before introducing any new measures there must be evidence that those measures will contribute to and not detract from the much-needed economic recovery.”

Key recommendations in the pre-budget submission include:

  • Extend the full 100% Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance with no phase-out until 2030 and make it permanent to offset the damage of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Work with the provinces to maximize the impact of investment support programs by ending the taxation of investment support programs;
  • Reform the SR&ED program to help foster R&D in Canada by raising the investment tax credit to 20% from the current 15% and eliminating or substantially raising the upper limit for taxable capital phase-out range from the current $50 million, reinstating capital expenditure eligibility that was phased out beginning January 1, 2013; and eliminating the 20% disallowance on arm’s-length consulting payments;
  • Establish the Plastic Technology Innovation Fund (PTIF) with an initial allocation of $200 million, operated by Natural Resources Canada to further research and development of groundbreaking plastic technology applications in Canada.

With industries and all levels of government working in tandem toward the common goals of creating jobs and rebuilding the economy, CIAC believes Canada can have a bright, post-pandemic future.

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CIAC Welcomes Elena Mantagaris to Lead New Plastics Division

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Elena Mantagaris as the new vice president who will lead the association’s Plastics Division.

“I’m delighted to be joining the CIAC. This is an exciting, important time for Canada’s plastics sector,” said Mantagaris. “I’m looking forward to joining an experienced team and building on the association’s strong reputation for responsible management and a balanced approach to advocacy that ensures a thriving plastics sector and, above all, a healthy environment.”

This move follows the recently announced transaction that sees the former Canadian Plastic Industry Association (CPIA) join forces with the CIAC to form the association’s new Plastics Division. CIAC now represents the entire plastics industry value chain from resin producers and raw material suppliers to processors and converters, as well as recyclers and brand owners.

Beginning on Aug. 4th, Mantagaris will lead a team that will advocate on behalf of CIAC members to help Canada advance sustainable solutions for the development of a circular economy for plastics. Additionally, she and her team will focus on promoting responsible plastic production in Canada while working toward reducing and eliminating plastic pollution from the environment, all in support of a robust Canadian economy.

“We are delighted to welcome Elena to the team,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “Elena’s extensive experience in building bridges across stakeholder communities will be of tremendous support to CIAC as she will work collaboratively with other plastics value chain interests in Canada, as well as like-minded interests in North America and globally to ensure a coordinated and effective approach to plastics public policy issues.

Mantagaris has an extensive background and more than 20 years’ experience working with federal and provincial governments, along with municipalities and Indigenous communities to advance large-scale national initiatives in the iron, energy, transportation, technology, and cultural sectors. She recently advanced a $1.5 billion iron processing facility and prior to that a $20 billion nuclear project with willing host communities.

Chemistry Industry Lauds Alberta’s Plan to Attract Investment, Create Petrochemical Powerhouse

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) is pleased to support the Government of Alberta’s recently announced Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program that will attract a surge of global-scale, multi-billion dollar investments in the province’s petrochemical sector, while creating jobs and leading the economy forward.

“Alberta is leading the way on economic recovery,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO, CIAC. “The Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program shows that the province understands how to win global-scale chemistry sector investments. In this time of uncertainty, these actions signal confidence in Alberta’s future prosperity and will attract investors to the province.”

The Alberta Government recognizes the importance and growth opportunity of a $12 billion sector that is Alberta’s largest manufacturing sector by exports and value-added. Alberta has a chance to diversify and build its economy on petrochemicals, a sector that has been resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and is poised to see sustained demand continue for the foreseeable future. CIAC looks forward to working with the Alberta Government and other stakeholders to finalize program details in the coming weeks.

CIAC Launches New Plastics Division to Lead the Way on a Circular Economy for Plastics

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) officially launched its new Plastics Division today, welcoming the members of the former Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) as part of the CIAC team. The result of a transaction between CIAC and CPIA that was set in motion in 2019, CIAC now represents the entire plastics industry value chain from resin producers and raw material suppliers to processors and converters, as well as equipment manufacturers, recyclers and brand owners.

“CIAC is delighted to be launching the Plastics Division at a time that is both challenging and exciting for Canada’s plastics industry. The Plastics Division and its members will focus their efforts on advancing sustainable solutions for the development of a circular economy for plastics in Canada,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “The Division is committed to promoting responsible plastic production in Canada while working toward reducing and eliminating plastic pollution from the environment, all in support of a robust Canadian economy.”

“By combining forces with CIAC’s respected and pragmatic advocacy team, Plastics Division members will work collaboratively with other plastics value chain interests in Canada, and with like-minded interests in North America and globally to ensure a coordinated and effective approach to plastics public policy issues,” continued Masterson.

“By bringing together members of both the chemistry and plastics sector, the Division will be able to respond more quickly in today’s very dynamic environment for plastics. And it will do so with a single, strong and united voice.”

CIAC will announce its Plastics Division Vice President in August, as well as the rest of the Division’s team. Three Plastics Division members will be added to the CIAC Board of Directors at its Board meeting in October.

CIAC statement on the passing of John Vincett

John Vincett Head Shot Red Background

We are very sad to share with you the news that John Vincett has passed away.

John was involved with Canada’s chemical and petrochemical industry for close to 40 years. A skilled communicator, he was a strong proponent of Responsible Care® and had facilitated CIAC’s National Advisory Panel (NAP) – the conscience of the Association – since its inception in 1986. His astute comprehension of the important issues concerning the industry allowed him to promote critical dialogue on some of the landmark issues our industry faced over the decades. Throughout his career, John worked with community outreach programs at more than 200 manufacturing sites across North America assisting companies in earning the social license to operate and helping guide them in gaining legitimate public trust.

In 2016, John was awarded CIAC’s Chair’s Award in recognition of his years of leadership and service to the industry. We are extremely grateful for the tireless efforts of John, and his long-time associate Francis Gillis, provided to our industry.

John was an imposing figure, at well over six feet tall, but his wit, gentle demeanour and broad smile put all at ease. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Pamela, his children Toby, Sarah and Megan and his granddaughter Madeleine.

Later this year, I will reach out to the broader Responsible Care community with ideas for establishing a lasting recognition of John’s many contributions.


Bob Masterson
President and CEO

Industry groups come together to support Canada’s food banks

In an effort to bolster support for Canadian families in need, 18 national and regional industry associations and partners came together today to donate a total of $36,000 to the Ottawa Food Bank, Food Banks Canada, and to food banks across the country – and they have challenged other industry groups to do the same.

“The initiative spearheaded by the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), and the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), also encourages participation from association staff members who have the means to support,” said MAC President and CEO Pierre Gratton.

“It all started with a Sunday afternoon thought and an email to Bob at CIAC and Derek at FPAC,” said Gratton. “They thought it was a great idea and by Sunday night we had over a dozen supporters on board,” he added.

“This is such a difficult time for so many families in Ottawa and across the country.  We are all trying to find the most meaningful ways to pitch in and help,” said CIAC President and CEO Bob Masterson. “We know that the Ottawa Food Bank, Food Banks Canada, and local food banks are trusted partners and can put these funds to use right away to help families in our communities,” Masterson added.

In addition to CIAC, FPAC, and MAC, the initiative has received support from:

  • Association Québécoise du Propane
  • Business Council of Canada
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
  • Canadian Finance and Leasing Association
  • Canadian Fuels Association
  • Canadian Gas Association
  • Canadian Natural Gas Vehicles Association
  • Canadian Propane Association
  • Canadian Real Estate Association
  • Canadian Wood Council
  • Chamber of Marine Commerce
  • Fertilizer Canada
  • Railway Association of Canada
  • Retail Council of Canada
  • The Portage Group

“We thank our partners across so many different industries for their support,” said FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor. “We stand together to challenge all industry groups based in Ottawa and those across the country to join us in donating to the Ottawa Food Bank, Food Banks Canada, or a local food bank or charity that is providing frontline support to families in need,” Nighbor added.


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Chemistry Sector supports Ontario’s response measures to COVID-19

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) congratulates Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips on the tabling of Bill 188 – Economic and Fiscal Update Act, 2020 and applauds all MPPs who voted unanimously to enable a speedy approval in the Legislature.

CIAC endorses the Government of Ontario’s plan which includes extraordinary measures that provide additional resources to support health care, people, and jobs while helping reduce near-term cash flow pressures on Ontario businesses.  We believe more support will be needed in the coming weeks and look to the provinces to work together with the federal government to provide similar supports to backstop the economy as other countries have done.

“CIAC appreciates the swift work of government and MPPs from all sides in reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic. In these unprecedented times, the chemistry sector is dedicated to providing crucial products Ontarians rely on every day and ensuring Ontario weathers the storm and prospers in the long run.”
– Bob Masterson, President/CEO, CIAC

CIAC recognizes the tireless, ongoing efforts of frontline staff and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The chemistry sector is ready to meet the challenges we will face in the coming weeks and months. CIAC is pleased to continue to work with the government to create a stronger and growing chemistry sector that benefits Ontario’s economy and environment.

Canada’s Leading Business Organizations Call on Government to Protect Jobs and Postpone Non-Essential New Measures

Over 60 of Canada’s leading business organizations are calling on governments to support a national effort to protect jobs and to postpone non-essential new measures.

“Canadian businesses are ready and able to step up to overcome the challenge of COVID-19. We will work to ensure that Canadians have the food to feed their families, the fuel to heat our homes and to keep essential services moving, the equipment and facilities to treat the sick and the communications systems that unite us even as we are kept apart from one another.

To win this fight, we need every possible human and financial resource and we must be able to focus all of our attention on this struggle. The proposed 10 per cent wage subsidy for small businesses was a step in the right direction by the government. But more needs to be done to help businesses and workers through this crisis and maintain the connection between employers and employees.

We call on governments to provide more direct funding for employees. Other countries have recognized this need and are offering to cover as much as 80 per cent of the incomes of workers who are laid off as a result of the health emergency. We encourage the government to backstop the economy by implementing income supports at similar levels as Denmark and the United Kingdom.

We also ask governments at all levels to support our efforts by postponing any increases in taxes, non-essential new regulations, and unnecessary consultations that take us away from this mission. Businesses and governments need to be focused 100 per cent on the current crisis, leaving other priorities aside until the crisis abates.

We thank Canada’s governments for their efforts to mobilize Canadian society to win this fight. The business community is ready to meet the challenges we will face in the coming weeks and months. For the first time in decades, the entire country and the entire world is focused on one problem.

Governments and the business community must collaborate in new and innovative ways to support Canadian families while we try to solve it.”


Alberta Cannabis Council
Alberta Chambers of Commerce
Aluminum Association of Canada
Associated Equipment Distributors
Association of Consulting Engineering Companies | Canada
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers Canada
Atlantic Chamber of Commerce
BC Chamber of Commerce
Beer Canada
Business Council of Canada
Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums
Canadian Airports Council
Canadian Business Aviation Association
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Construction Association
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Canadian Craft Brewers Association
Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Canadian Franchise Association
Canadian Fuels Association Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association
Canadian Live Music Association
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Canadian Produce Marketing Association
Canadian Propane Association
Canadian Society of Association Executives
Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
Cannabis Council of Canada
Chamber of Marine Commerce
Chamber of Shipping
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
Colleges Institutes Canada
Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation
Consumer Health Products Canada
Convention Centres of Canada Economic Developers Association of Canada
Electro Federation Canada
Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
Fertilizer Canada
Food & Consumer Products of Canada
Food Processors of Canada
Forest Products Association of Canada
Freight Management Association of Canada
Frontier Duty Free Association
Hotel Association of Canada
Innovative Medicines Canada
Institute of Communication Agencies
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
Meetings Mean Business Canada
Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Petroleum Services Association of Canada
Responsible Distribution Canada
Retail Council of Canada
Supply Chain Canada
The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada
The Mining Association of Canada
Wine Growers Canada
Young Presidents Organization
Yukon Chamber of Commerce

Canada’s Chemistry Sector – Critical to Canada’s Economy and Public Safety

Dear Prime Minister:

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) is the voice of Canada’s $58 billion industrial chemical manufacturing sector. We are writing you to share our perspective on the treatment of critical infrastructure given current measures to support social distancing in Canada and the potential impact of additional measures that may be considered going forward in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We applaud the federal government’s efforts, and those of provincial and local governments, to limit the spread of the COVID-19 in Canada. The safety of CIAC member employees, contractors and the communities in which we do business continues to be our members’ top priority. Our member-companies have business continuity plans in place and are prepared to deal effectively with disruptions impacting their business operations. We are following the advice and direction of public health authorities to limit the impact of COVID-19 and help support the health and wellbeing of our employees and the safe operation of our facilities.

While each of our member-companies implement actions and strategies unique to their own individual organizations, actions taken to date fall under the following broad categories:

• Follow best practices laid out by government and health authorities.
• Restrict all non-essential domestic and international travel.
• Work from home strategies where appropriate and limiting non-essential visits to operating facilities.
• Self-isolation for anyone who has returned from an international trip.
• Avoid large gatherings of people and practise social distancing including internal meetings of staff.

As of today, we are not aware of any material impacts to member operations or supply chains.

The use of measures to limit social interaction are warranted given the risk of widespread infection. While the use of such measures is in the best interest of public health, it is essential that key industries and sectors representing critical infrastructure in Canada, including the chemical manufacturing sector, maintain the ability to operate throughout this crisis. While work from home strategies limit the number of employees traveling to work and interacting with co-workers, manufacturing facilities cannot be operated remotely and require the day-to-day presence of highly trained personnel. This also includes ensuring access to critical supplies and transportation systems so our industry can continue to produce and deliver essential products.

The chemistry sector in Canada produces chemicals that are vital to maintain community health and safety including those that support clean drinking water and sanitary products for Canadian communities and households. Plastics are in demand, worldwide, to maintain food sanitation and are essential to the delivery of routine and emergency health services. Our members have facilities across Canada with several significant clusters that produce goods needed globally and represent large employment centres. Where appropriate, member-companies are in discussion with authorities where opportunities may exist to redirect production of commercial goods to the production of safety-critical goods.

If the use of additional measures to shelter in place are considered, we would ask that critical infrastructure in Canada, including the chemical manufacturing sector, maintain the ability to operate and produce critical goods for Canadians. Given the current global economic outlook, it is vital to keep the chemical manufacturing sector operational.

We are facing unprecedented circumstances. Governments at all levels are being faced with unprecedented policy choices. Within that context, CIAC and its member-companies are applying effective measures to prevent the spread of infection at our sites, while also maintaining operations. Critical infrastructure in Canada needs to continue operating to support the health and wellbeing of Canadians and our economy.

A heartfelt thank you to you and your colleagues, to the public service, to healthcare professionals, and to first responders working tirelessly to protect Canada and Canadians.

Yours sincerely,

Bob Masterson
President and CEO

Hon. Seamus O’Regan, Minister, Natural Resources Canada
Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Hon. Marc Garneau, Minister, Transport Canada
Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, President, Treasury Board
Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister, Finance Canada
Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister, Health Canada
Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Hon. Bill Blair, Minister, Public Safety
Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister, Economic Development
Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister, Public Service and Procurement Hon. Dr. Kirsty Duncan, Deputy House Leader of the Government

Provincial Premiers
Hon. Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta
Hon. François Legault, Premier of Québec
Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
Hon. John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia
Hon. Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan
Hon. Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba
Hon. Blaine Higgs, Premier of New Brunswick
Hon. Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island
Hon. Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia
Hon. Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland
Hon. Joe Savikataaq, Premier of Nunavut
Hon. Sandy Silver, Premier, Yukon
Hon. Caroline Cochrane, Premier, Northwest Territories

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