2020 press releases from CIAC

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.

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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: www.opcleansweep.org.


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 plasticsindustry.org. 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.

Ontario government’s efforts to streamline regulation for the chemistry and plastics industry welcomed by CIAC

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) congratulates the Ontario government and the Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction on releasing the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2020.

CIAC firmly supports the Ontario government’s commitment to streamline duplicate regulations that impact the competitiveness of the chemicals and plastics manufacturing sectors.  These measures will eliminate unnecessary cost, complexity and time, while protecting Ontarian’s health and the environment.

Among the initiatives contained in the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2020., CIAC is very pleased to see the province:

Protect the environment and the people of Ontario by improving hazardous waste reporting

  • Making it easier for businesses to submit reports electronically instead of the current outdated system, which requires businesses to submit over 450,000 paper manifests to the Ministry of the Environment.

Address low-risk nuisance incidents

  • Update Ontario’s land use compatibility planning guidelines to help municipalities prevent new residences or other incompatible land uses from being approved near sites and industries that may create noise or odour impacts.

Support innovation and recover the value of waste

  • Committing to further engagement to support a strong circular economy and reduce the amount of waste going to landfills through the use of innovative technologies and processes such as advanced recycling and energy recovery technologies to help ensure valuable resources such as hard-to-recycle plastics can have a beneficial use, such as feedstocks for new plastics and synthetic fuels.

Alternate rules for the Operating Engineers regulation

  • Implementing alternate rules for businesses that use boilers or pressure vessels to produce their goods and services, as well as for operating engineers who run the facilities while maintaining strong commitment to ensuring public safety.

Consultations on proposed amendments for Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews (PSR)

  • Continuing consultations aimed at amending the current Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews PSR requirements for certain equipment and processes in factories to ensure they continue to reflect the realities of today’s workplaces.

Any action by CIAC members to address the environmental, economic and community impacts of our operations are governed by Responsible Care®, the UN-recognized initiative that ensures CIAC members innovate for safer and greener products and processes, and work to continuously improve their environmental, health and safety performance. Through the Responsible Care commitment, CIAC’s Ontario members have achieved a 47 per cent reduction in emissions targeted by the Canadian Environmental Protection Act over the past 10 years.

Ontario’s $24.3-billion chemistry industry is the third-largest manufacturing industry in the province, directly nearly 46,000 Ontarians in well-paying jobs and supporting another 230,000 Ontario jobs in other sectors.  Our members are key employers in the Sarnia-Lambton, GTA/Niagara and Eastern Ontario regions of the province.  We provide important inputs to a range of key manufacturing sectors including automotive, forest products, construction, and food and beverage.  Ontario chemistry sector  accounts for 44 per cent of the nation’s chemistry output. Additionally, Ontario’s plastics manufacturing sector is a $18 billion industry, directly employing over 49,000 Ontarians within 800 different businesses.  These sectors  provides important inputs to a range of manufacturing sectors including automotive, forestry, construction, and food and beverage.

CIAC is pleased to continue to work with the government on the many priorities to modernize business regulations to be outcome-focused and evidence-based while continuing to protect the public interest.

CIAC Responds to Federal Government’s proposed integrated management approach to plastic products to prevent waste and pollution

Plastics are vital to our modern way of life and are used to advance our society’s environmental, health and safety priorities, including a transition to a net-zero emissions future. However, plastic does not belong in landfills or the environment, it belongs in the economy.

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), remains firmly of the view that the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), 1999 is not an appropriate tool for managing post-consumer plastic waste. CIAC supports the development of national waste legislation that will provide the appropriate authorities and the tools to support advancing a circular economy for plastics in Canada.
CIAC is also concerned with the emphasis on banning certain products solely because they are widely used in society and are improperly managed at end of use. Our goal, as a society, must be to properly manage and establish a circular economy for all plastics products. Today, important work is being done in all jurisdictions, including Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, to modernize and advance recycling systems towards a circular economy.

CIAC believes the Government of Canada should allow the appropriate time for consultation with industry and the provinces to ensure that its proposed approach to a circular economy for plastics is in line with the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME) National Strategy and Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste. We ask the Government to delay the timing of the addition of “manufactured plastic items” to Schedule 1 of CEPA in Canada Gazette Part 1 from October 10 until a period following the end of the public consultation on its Discussion Paper. This would allow sufficient time for industry and the provinces to provide input and ensure a decision is not made prematurely.

Canada’s plastics producers are taking important actions to address plastic waste on land, including source reduction, design for recycling, and reuse models; and investing in technologies to improve recycling. They have also made circular economy commitments to ensure that:
• 100 per cent of plastics packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030;
• 100 per cent of plastics packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040; and
• Implementation of Operation Clean Sweep by 2022, an international plastic stewardship program aimed at eliminating the escape of plastic pellets from industry operations, with a focus on preventing leakage into rivers and oceans.

Canada’s plastics manufacturers add $28 billion to the national economy annually and directly employ over 93,000 Canadians within 1,850 different businesses; 86 per cent of these are SMEs and the impact and job losses will be felt in communities across the country by family-run companies that have been operating for multiple generations.

CIAC will be providing advice to the federal government regarding its proposed integrated management approach to plastic products to prevent waste and pollution and we look forward to working with all levels of government in Canada to transition to a circular economy for plastics while maintaining well-paying jobs for thousands of Canadians.

CIAC Responds to Alberta Government’s Natural Gas Vision and Strategy

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) is pleased to support the Government of Alberta’s recently announced Natural Gas Vision and Strategy. Industrial chemicals and plastics are critical elements of the natural gas value chain. Alberta’s $12 billion chemistry industry creates jobs, supports economic diversity, and adds value to this province’s natural resources.

CIAC, through its Plastics Division, speaks for plastics manufacturers representing the value chain from resin producers and raw material suppliers to processors, recyclers, and brand owners. Alberta ‘s low cost, low carbon and abundant natural gas liquids make it a global player in plastics chemistries. This Strategy positions the industry for further growth. With that growth, however, comes a responsibility for tackling the problem of plastic waste. Alberta’s commitment to becoming a continental centre of excellence in the circular economy firmly acknowledges that responsibility. It is an innovative approach that allows us to get maximum value from plastics resources by recovering and reusing them while eliminating plastic waste from the environment.

“The potential for growth in this sector exists in the province and that is good news for Alberta communities and Alberta’s economy,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO, CIAC. “The Natural Gas Vision and Strategy has set aspirational yet realistic goals that will create new jobs through new capital investment projects.”

The Alberta Government continues to recognize the importance and growth opportunity of Alberta’s largest manufacturing sector by exports. As the largest manufacturing sector by value-added in Alberta, chemical producers use natural gas and natural gas liquids as heat or feedstock and add up to ten times the original value to manufacture industrial chemicals and resins. Alberta has a chance to diversify and build its economy through chemistry and plastics, sectors that have been resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and are poised to see sustained demand continue for the foreseeable future.

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