CIAC responds to Ontario Government’s improvements to Blue Box Recycling

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) recognizes  Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ recently announced plans to improve the Ontario Blue Box recycling program and its intentional approach of moving toward a harmonized Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program.  

An EPR program — where industry is responsible for the cost, collection, and management of recycling in the province — is the most efficient and effective way to improve recovery and recycling rates and develop a circular economy for plastics.  

“A circular economy, of which EPR programs play a key role, will sustain economic growth while improving the environment for future generations,” said Elena Mantagaris, Vice President, CIAC Plastics Division. “When managed responsibly, plastics are the modern sustainable choice for a prosperous economy and healthy environment.”  

Canada’s plastics industry is dedicated to playing its role in the fight against plastic waste, and this innovative approach by the Ontario Government will help us reach two key goals: 

  • By 2030, 100 per cent of plastic packaging in Canada will be recyclable or recoverable 
  • By 2040, 100 per cent of plastic packaging in Canada will be reused, recycled, or recovered 

We look forward to working with the province to ensure that all recycling and recovery approaches are supported in a circular economy for plastics. 

CIAC Plastics Division Leadership Council Announces Changing of Officers

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) Plastics Division is pleased to announce the changing of officers on the Plastics Division Leadership Council (PDLC) and thanks the outgoing Chair for his hard work and dedication.

PDLC Chair, Joel Rudolph, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Farnell Packaging, will be stepping down after guiding the Leadership Council through its inaugural year. In his time as Chair, Mr. Rudolph helped lead the successful merger of members into the CIAC Plastics Division from the former Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA).

“CIAC is incredibly grateful for the time, effort, support, and dedication Joel and the entire Leadership Council have put into establishing the Division as the respected, go-to voice for Canada’s plastics industry,” said Elena Mantagaris, Vice President, CIAC Plastics Division.  “Under Joel’s Chairmanship the Division has helped reinforce industry’s leadership role in realizing a circular economy for plastics.”

Magali Depras, Chief Strategy Officer and CSR for TC Transcontinental, will take on the role of Chair, while Mike Burt, Vice President & Global Director Climate and Energy for Dow Chemical Canada, will become the new Vice Chair of the PDLC. Mark Rose, President of the Layfield Group, will assume the role of Treasurer.

“There’s no doubt that members of the CIAC Plastics Division include innovative companies who are investing in solutions for the effective management of post-consumer plastics. We are honoured to have such impressive, dedicated people including Magali, Mike, and Mark entering new roles,” said Bob Masterson, CIAC President and CEO. “Their combined experience is truly invaluable and will guide us in achieving plastics circularity.”

CIAC welcomes new associate members Busch Vacuum Technics, Canvass Analytics and Hexagon PPM

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) welcomed new associate members Busch Vacuum Technics, Canvass Analytics and Hexagon PPM on May 27. 

Busch Vacuum Technics is a subsidiary of Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems, one of the largest manufacturers of vacuum pumps, blowers and compressors in the world and a leading supplier of vacuum solutions to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. A partner to Canadian manufacturers since 1985, Busch has locations in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.  

Canvass Analytics is an artificial intelligence (AI) company that helps industrial manufacturing engineers optimize processes, reduce waste, and cut their CO2 emissions through data collection.  Their platform is designed to optimize processes and operations, improve production yield and improve energy efficiency. They are headquartered in Toronto.  

Hexagon PPM is part of Hexagon, a global leader in sensor, software, and autonomous solutions. Hexagon PPM division software helps workers visualize, create and manage the lifecycle of facilities and structures. Over 50 years, the company has supported the engineering, design, construction and operation of facilities and structures around the world. They are headquartered in Alabama with multiple locations in Canada including Calgary, Alberta. “We at CIAC are so pleased to have these associate members join us. The provide vital services that support our member companies in achieving their business and Responsible Care® objectives,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “We look forward to working with Busch Vacuum Technics, Canvass Analytics and Hexagon PPM.” 

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CIAC Plastics Division members GreenMantra Technologies and Cleanfarms recognized for innovating to reduce plastic waste

GreenMantra Technologies Limited and Cleanfarms Inc., members of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) Plastics Division, were recently recognized for their outstanding work in reducing plastic waste in Canada through innovation today. 

GreenMantra Technologies Limited, a Brantford, Ontario chemical recyclerwill receive $300,000 as part of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s challenge to Canadian companies to find innovative, efficient and cost‑effective ways to recycle single-use personal protective equipment used in healthcare. In total, eight small and medium-sized Canadian companies will receive funding for projects that will support Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic 

The Government of Manitoba announced that Cleanfarms Inc. has been chosen to operate a provincially regulated stewardship program on behalf of the agricultural industry and manage the collection and recycling of agricultural plastics. Manitoba producers will be able to drop off used grain bags and plastic baler twine at designated collection sites throughout the province without paying user feesCleanfarms, an Etobicoke, Ontario based non-profit environmental stewardship organization focused on agriculture waste management, will arrange for pickup, transportation and recycling of these materials from the collection sites. 

“Our Plastics Division members like Green Mantra and Cleanfarms continue to amaze us with their innovative solutions to reducing plastic waste,” said Elena Mantagaris, Vice-President of CIAC’s Plastics Division. “We are delighted that our members have been selected to develop and lead these important solutions for Canadians.”  

Members of the CIAC Plastics Division have ambitious targets that underscore our commitment to a future without plastic waste; 100 per cent of plastics packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040 and 100 per cent of plastics packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030.   

For full details on the CIAC Plastics Division’s commitments to managing post-consumer plastics, visit 

CIAC clarifies stance on legal challenge presented by the Responsible Plastic Use Coalition

Ottawa, ON, May 20, 2021 – The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) wishes to clarify that the association is not a participant in the Responsible Plastic Use Coalition (RPUC), nor the legal proceedings initiated by the Coalition. CIAC is a policy and advocacy organization and without mandate to initiate or participate in legal proceedings on behalf of its membership.

“We share RPUC’s disappointment with the Government of Canada’s May 12 decision to list all plastic manufactured items on Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA),” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada. “We believe that plastics belong in the economy and not in the environment. Nevertheless, we share RPUC’s belief that CEPA is the wrong tool to address concerns with post-consumer plastics. “ Read our statement here.

As an organization, CIAC remains intently focused on building an enabling policy environment for a circular economy for plastics. This includes an intense program of work with provincial governments coast-to-coast as they work to develop and modify Extended Producer Responsibility programs and implement other aspects of the jointly agreed Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Zero Plastic Waste Action Plan.

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 Supports Key Findings from Canadian Energy Research Institute Study

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) is pleased to support and acknowledge several key findings in a study by the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI): Towards A Circular Economy of Plastic Products in Canada.

The comprehensive study, commissioned by CIAC, focuses on mapping the movement of plastic waste in different provinces by plastic type and identifies the economic opportunities associated with recycling post-consumer plastics. The CERI study is an important step in expanding data collection to better understand where and how to apply solutions to advancing a circular economy for plastics.

“This important study reinforces the significant opportunities developing a circular economy for plastics will bring to Canada,” said Elena Mantagaris, Vice President, CIAC Plastics Division.

The study highlights the importance of increased investments in mechanical and advanced recycling infrastructure.

The CERI study estimates the positive economic impacts of additional recycling infrastructure investments across Canada would add an additional $116 million annually to GDP and $109 million in tax revenue, while creating nearly 6,500 high-paying sustainable jobs. Once in operation, the facilities would have a production impact on GDP of C$6.7 billion.

By continuing to develop markets in regions throughout Canada, the CERI study supports the idea that plastics should be managed as a resource, not as waste. Further investment in technology, innovation, and infrastructure could support distinct recycling hubs in key provinces. Looking beyond the CERI report, we believe this could be an opportunity to grow market share by establishing plastics recycling hubs in Canada that encompass regions throughout North America.

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New federal budget appropriate to current crisis circumstances, CIAC

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) acknowledges the new federal budget tabled yesterday will play an important role in supporting Canadians and Canadian businesses as they continue to cope with the current unprecedented public health and economic crisis. The budget also sends important signals and provides foundational fiscal supports for the future direction of the Canadian economy as it transitions to net-zero emissions by 2050.  

CIAC has identified a number of initiatives that will bring benefits to Canada’s chemistry and plastics sectors, including: 

  • funding for Canada’s world-leading Chemicals Management Plan of $476.7 million for a further five years to “continue to protect Canadians and the environment from exposure to chemicals that can be harmful”;  
  • the development of a new tax credit for carbon capture, utilization and storage; 
  • a $7 billion commitment to the Strategic Innovation Fund including the Net Zero Accelerator fund to support projects that help decarbonize heavy industry, support clean technologies and help accelerate domestic greenhouse gas emissions reductions; 
  • investing a further $1.9 billion in the Trade Corridors Fund to spur investments to our roads, rail, and shipping routes. 

There are things that are in this budget that will help with the greening of the economy. Chemistry will be front and centre in providing those solutions to all sectors of the economywhether through green energy, electric vehicles, low carbon products, energy storage and many others,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC.  

While this budget establishes important signals on the direction of the future economy, post-pandemic future budgets will need to prioritize attention on strengthening Canada’s capital investment environment. Achieving Canada’s long term economic, social and environmental objectives will require major changes in recent patterns of capital investment in Canada. 

CIAC and its members look forward to supporting Canadians on the path to net zero emissions and will continue to provide solutions for decarbonizing the economy. We will also continue to work with provincial and federal governments to keep plastics in the economy and out of the environment and to innovate to enable 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 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.

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