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 welcomes Ontario government’s measures for economic recovery in 2021 budget

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) welcomes the tabling of the 2021 budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. We firmly support the provincial government’s efforts to assist Ontario’s people and businesses in the fight against COVID-19 and develop a framework for economic recovery.

CIAC is pleased to see the government take important steps to create the conditions for long-term economic growth and prosperity. Of note, we highlight the following items:

  • Additional measures for fighting COVID-19 including rapid testing, contact tracing, vaccine supports and personal protective equipment supply investments.
  • Attracting business investment with $400 million over four years to create the Invest Ontario Fund to encourage investments in advanced manufacturing, technology and life sciences.
  • Reducing taxes for job creators.
  • Proposing a new Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit and additional funding for employment and training supports.

Ontario’s nearly $25-billion chemistry industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in the province, directly employing over 43,800 Ontarians in well-paying jobs and supporting another 260,000 Ontario jobs in other sectors.

Our members are key employers in the Sarnia-Lambton, GTA/Niagara and Eastern Ontario regions of the province. Our sector provides important inputs to a range of key manufacturing sectors in the province including automotive, forest products, construction, and food and beverage. The chemistry sector is a key source of innovation and is an indispensable solutions provider in the area of global climate change and managing plastic waste. The industry is global and Ontario’s chemical manufacturers must compete globally both for market share and investment.

CIAC recognizes Marcelo Lu for his extraordinary work supporting the chemistry industry in Canada

Today, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) presented the prestigious CIAC Chair Award to Marcelo Lu, outgoing President of BASF Canada.

In presenting the award, current Chair and Chemicals Business Manager, Imperial Oil, Peter Noble recognized Mr. Lu as a “tireless promoter of CIAC, Canada’s chemistry industry and the Responsible Care® ethic that guides the industry in Canada and worldwide.”

The CIAC Chair Award recognizes Board members who have made extraordinary contributions to the work CIAC does on behalf of the industry and who are committed to living and spreading the ethic and principles of Responsible Care.

“In his role as BASF Canada President, Marcelo has gone above and beyond to raise his visibility, that of his company, this association and Canada’s chemistry industry more broadly,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC, at the award presentation. “He has been a thoughtful, articulate champion for BASF Canada, CIAC and the industry at large. He has never shied away from dialogue and relationship building with even the industry’s toughest critics.”

Mr. Lu served as CIAC Chair of the Board of Directors for 2018-2019. Through his years at BASF Canada, he was very active in promoting CIAC’s key policy priorities, including co-authoring op-eds, speaking at CIAC’s panel at Globe 2020 and even co-chairing a press conference on Parliament Hill with Mr. Masterson, just to name a few occasions.

“Over my years at BASF Canada, I have been proud to support CIAC in advancing the chemistry industry’s leadership in Canada and in promoting the principles and ethic of Responsible Care,” said Mr. Lu upon receiving the award. “I look forward to what the Association will achieve in the future.”

After joining BASF in 2006, Mr. Lu held various commercial and general management positions in Germany, Hong Kong, Canada and the US before becoming Managing Director of BASF Canada and then President in 2016. Prior to BASF, Mr. Lu worked for the World Bank in Washington DC.

Mr. Lu will be succeeded by Apala Mukherjee President of BASF Canada, who will assume her responsibilities for all BASF business in Canada on March 1, 2021. Mr. Lu assumed his new role as Senior Vice President, Care Chemicals North America in Florham, New Jersey, US in January 2021.

CIAC sincerely thanks Mr. Lu for his enthusiastic work promoting the chemistry sector in Canada and wishes him well in his new endeavors. We also look forward to continuing this important work with Ms. Mukherjee in the future.

CIAC supports federal government’s refocused climate change plan

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) signaled it support in principle for Canada’s updated climate change plan announced today.

“We are pleased to see that the federal government listened to industries’ challenges and is working to develop carbon policies recognizing emission-intensive, trade-exposed sectors. By stating its intention to eliminate industrial solid and gaseous fuels from the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) there is increased confidence in Canada’s ability to attract investment into this important sector while simultaneously pursuing a low carbon economy,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC.

In initial discussions, the CFS was to cover liquid, gaseous and solid fuels. In 2019, CIAC called attention to the CFS’ proposed carbon pricing duplication, pointing out it would push the total carbon price to an excess of $200 per tonne, effectively doubling the cost of natural gas for the industry. This would add millions of dollars of expenses on an industry that is already facing global competitiveness concerns. CIAC also stated strong concerns about its industry being captive to compliance costs passed on by others and without an ability to influence those costs.

Masterson further noted, “A transparent, predictable price on carbon that provides competitiveness considerations for Canada’s trade-exposed industrial sectors is a much preferred approach for dealing with the challenge of climate change.”

The Canadian chemistry industry agrees that climate change is an urgent issue. Achieving Canada’s emissions goals will require chemistry-based solutions in housing, transportation, energy storage, clean energy and numerous other applications. Canada’s chemistry industry can continue to meet those needs with some of the lowest carbon chemistry pathways currently available and while attracting new investment in innovative products and processes to drive emissions even lower.

Canada’s chemistry sector sees opportunities and challenges on the road to carbon zero

Canada’s chemistry industry shares Canadians concerns on the impacts of a changing climate and the urgency of reducing emissions in line with scientific evidence and Canada’s international commitments.

Achieving the ambitious goal of net-zero carbon emissions for all of Canada by 2050 will require chemistry-based solutions, says Bob Masterson, President and CEO of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.

“Our industry continues to be a solutions-provider to the world’s most challenging problems. We are ready to step up to the challenge, but we need close collaboration to meet this ambitious goal,” says Masterson. “Increasing global attention to mitigating carbon emissions presents an opportunity rather than a threat to Canada’s chemistry industry.”

Canada’s chemistry and plastics sectors create some of the lowest greenhouse gas-intensive products on the planet. Through the U.N. recognized sustainability initiative, Responsible Care®, CIAC’s members have engaged in safe, responsible, and sustainable chemical manufacturing for 35 years. Investments in research and innovation have allowed our sector to modify processes reducing our overall greenhouse gas emissions by 67 per cent since 1992. There is opportunity to do even more while providing Canadian-made products to help other sectors achieve further reductions.

To assist in meeting our shared objectives, our sector will be focused on working with federal and provincial governments in critical areas involving: carbon capture and storage; hydrogen production and utilization; energy efficiency; bio-based chemistries, and; creating a circular economy for plastics, which will allow carbon already in the economy (in the form of post-consumer use plastics) to be continuously recycled and avoid emissions from the production of new plastic resin.

Carefully designed, in collaboration with industry, Canada’s net zero carbon plan has the potential to strengthen Canada’s chemistry sector further and contribute to making Canada’s economy more resilient and competitive. Emission reductions in key sectors such as green buildings, sustainable transportation through light weighting vehicles for greater fuel efficiency, clean energy and sustainable agriculture would be impossible without chemistry and plastics.

To successfully transition to a low-carbon economy and achieve net-zero emission goals, the chemistry sector requires closer collaboration and alignment between the federal and provincial governments through: recognizing the important role of the chemistry sector in research, innovation, and the implementation of climate-focused solutions; promoting active engagement and collaboration with industry, and; supporting the low carbon transition of the chemistry sector.

Canada is a country with diverse energy resources and needs which will require regional solutions and a range of options to address the requirements of Canadians, businesses and industry. We also believe national standards and harmonization between the federal government and the provinces will be vital.

For more information, please see: Chemistry: Essential to Canada’s Transition to a Low-Carbon Energy Future.

Chemistry Industry Association of Canada Joins Operation Clean Sweep

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada’s (CIAC) new Plastics Division is pleased to announce it has officially joined the American Chemistry Council (ACC),  Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and 29 other international trade associations in Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS). This important occasion reflects another strong commitment by North America’s plastics industry to product stewardship and reducing plastic resin loss.

Launched in the early 1990s, OCS, which has over 500 participating members, is a plastic stewardship program for facilities that handle plastic materials. The purpose of OCS is to support the proper handling and disposing of plastic pellets, flakes, and powders, and avoiding spills. CIAC also will participate in Operation Clean Sweep Blue, an enhanced OCS program, which provides greater reporting and stronger metrics on practices related to plastic resin loss.

“We welcome CIAC’s participation,” said Patrick Krieger, Director, Sustainability & Materials at PLASTICS. “Their operation of OCS in Canada helps ensure that the plastics industry of North America has the tools necessary to move toward zero plastic resin loss.”

CIAC’s new Plastics Division represents the entire plastics industry value chain from resin producers and raw material suppliers to processors, converters, and recyclers. The Division is committed to promoting responsible plastic production in Canada while working towards reducing and eliminating plastic pollution from the environment.

“CIAC is pleased to join Operation Clean Sweep. Working to unify North America’s plastic industry on the importance of product stewardship and responsible operational practices while focusing our efforts to effectively and efficiently address the issue of plastic pollution is a priority for the industry, and we look forward to working together and reducing plastic pellet loss,” said Elena Mantagaris, Vice President, CIAC Plastics Division.

“Industry collaboration is essential in tackling marine debris, both at home and globally,” said Joshua Baca, ACC’s Vice President of Plastics. “We’re working to enhance the rigor and transparency of our pellet stewardship program, and we’re pleased to have CIAC join us in this important value chain initiative.”

For more information about Operation Clean Sweep®, please visit:


About the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada is the association for leaders in Canada’s chemistry and plastic sectors—adding C$54 billion and C$28 billion respectively to the Canadian economy. The Association represents close to 200 members and partners across the country. We provide coordination and leadership on key issues including innovation, investment, plastics, taxation, health and safety, environment, and regulatory initiatives.

About the Plastics Industry Association

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing over one million workers in the $432 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit Connect with PLASTICS on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

About the American Chemistry Council (ACC)

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people’s lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $553 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation’s economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.



CIAC pleased to see Ontario government’s budget take steps for long-term economic growth

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) congratulates the Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, on the tabling of the 2020 Budget Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover. We firmly support the government’s unprecedented efforts to support Ontario’s people and businesses in the fight against the COVID-19 and develop a framework for economic recovery.

CIAC is very pleased to see the government take concrete steps to create the conditions for long-term economic growth and prosperity. Of note, we highlight the following items:

  • New Electricity Plan for Growth & Job Creation that reduces the burden to industry of the high-cost energy contracts and better positioning Ontario against key competing jurisdictions.
  • Reducing taxes for job creators.
  • Continued commitment to cut unnecessary red tape through the Open for Business Action Plan.
  • Modernizing Ontario’s skilled trades and apprenticeship program.
  • Launching the Invest Ontario organization and focusing its efforts on advanced manufacturing, life sciences and technology.

Ontario’s $24.7-billion chemistry industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in the province, directly employing over 43,800 Ontarians in well-paying jobs and supporting another 260,000 Ontario jobs in other sectors. Our members are key employers in the Sarnia-Lambton, GTA/Niagara and Eastern Ontario regions of the province. Our sector provides important inputs to a range of key manufacturing sectors in the province including automotive, forest products, construction, and food and beverage. The chemistry sector is a key source of innovation and is an indispensable solutions provider in the area of global climate change and managing plastic waste. The industry is global and Ontario’s chemical manufacturers must compete globally both for market share and investment.




CIAC Welcomes Alberta Government’s Plan to Level the Investment Competitiveness Playing Field, Attracting Global-Scale Chemical Manufacturing Investments

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) congratulates the Government of Alberta on launching the Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program (APIP). Building on the strong chemical manufacturing focus within the recently unveiled Natural Gas Vision and Strategy, APIP will help level the investment competitiveness playing field and attract a surge of global-scale, multi-billion dollar investments in the province’s low-carbon natural gas-based petrochemical sector. 

“The Alberta government has a bold vision for growth of Alberta’s chemical manufacturing sector,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO, CIAC. “The Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program levels the playing field with other jurisdictions competing for new investment and makes that vision of a top global chemicals producer possible. The opportunity for growth in this sector exists in the province and that is good news for jobs, new global-scale investment, and Alberta’s economy.” 

The Alberta Government recognizes the importance and growth opportunity of a $12 billion sector that is Alberta’s largest manufacturing sector by exports and resource value-added. Alberta has an opportunity 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 to attract new investment to the province. 

CIAC Announces Appointment of New Chair, Vice-Chair, Board Members

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) has welcomed Peter Noble, Chemicals Business Manager, Imperial Oil, as Chair of the Board of Directors for 2021, and Tyler Edgington, President, Dow Chemical Canada ULC, as Vice-Chair.

“It is an honour to serve as Chair. This prestigious organization is guided by the principles of Responsible Care, and it is the ongoing commitment to this ethic that drives our innovative, resilient and solutions oriented industry,” said Peter Noble, incoming Chair of the Board of Directors. “I look forward to our important discussions with stakeholders and leading the Board of Directors as we serve as stewards for our industry, which brings value, health and safety benefits to Canadians.”

Mr. Noble follows outgoing Chair, Ed Bechberger, President of ERCO Worldwide.

“Peter and Tyler have had a long and successful relationship with CIAC. We are very grateful to be able to tap into their deep knowledge of the industry, which will be imperative to leading the Board to guide the association,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC.
“I would also like to thank outgoing Chair Ed Bechberger for his vital contribution over the past 12 months. His leadership, enthusiasm for continuous improvement and passion for our industry was palpable and we are grateful to continue to benefit from his expertise,” continued Masterson.

CIAC is also pleased to announce the addition of Magali Depras, Chief Strategy Officer, Transcontinental Inc., Rick Babington, President & Chief Operating Officer, Wentworth Technologies, and Cynthia Shanks, Director, Communications & Sustainability, Keurig Dr Pepper Canada, to the association’s Board of Directors. Following the establishment of the CIAC Plastics Division Leadership Council on September 11th, the addition of these members from the Plastics Division to the Board of Directors ensures that all CIAC members are represented at the Board level. Ms. Depras also joins CIAC’s Executive Committee.

“This is an important step in solidifying a strong, unified association,” added Masterson, “CIAC is proud to include chemistry and plastics companies from coast-to-coast. Together we will continue to be a formidable force that advocates for the issues and topics that matter most to our members.”

CIAC Responds to Ontario Government Improving Blue Box Program

The Chemistry Industry of Canada (CIAC) is pleased to support the Ontario Government’s recently announced plan to make a stronger, more effective Blue Box Program. The province is showing leadership that will help reduce the amount of waste entering the environment while moving toward a circular economy that focuses on recapturing, recycling, and recovering waste so it can be used as a valuable resource.

CIAC and its members also support implementing full Extended Producer Responsibility in the province, which transitions costs away from municipal taxpayers by making the producers of products and packaging fully responsible for costs and management of recycling systems. The government estimates municipalities will see a saving of $135 million annually. By adopting EPR, this places a natural incentive on producers to take the entire life cycle management of products into consideration, from selection of material and product design, to its recovery, recycling, and end-of-life management.

Ontario is just one of many provinces modernizing and advancing its recycling systems towards a circular economy by implementing producer-lead recycling programs and investing in innovations in recycling technology. CIAC believes that to eliminate waste from our environment, cooperation is key and this announcement shows the Ontario Government is eager to work with industry and other stakeholders to eliminate waste while rebuilding our economy.

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