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 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.

Jungbunzlauer planning new lactic acid production plant in Ontario

CIAC congratulates the leadership and staff at Jungbunzlauer Canada on the announcement of the potential to invest and build a lactic acid production facility at their existing citric acid production site in Port Colborne, Ontario.   

This project would lead to an increase in production output and workforce at the site. The company notes that special emphasis will be laid on using modern technology that ensures a minimal level of greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and product side streams. CIAC is especially proud that Jungbunzlauer’s global leadership have recognized the competencies of the Port Colborne team and their facility to supply the Canadian and US markets. More details can be found on the Jungbunzlauer site here. Ontario can benefit with more good chemistry. 

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 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 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.

The Chemistry Industry 2021 Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance

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.

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