CIAC Supports Ontario Bill 132 Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019

On November 25, 2019, CIAC addressed the Standing Committee on General Government during hearings on Bill 132.

“CIAC is pleased to see the Ontario government streamline duplicate regulations for the chemical manufacturing sector while maintaining protections for Canadians’ health and the environment,” said Don Fusco, CIAC Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations, Ontario. “These measures will eliminate unnecessary cost, complexity and time for the chemistry sector and bring us in line with other provinces.”

Among the measures contained in the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act are:

  • Repeal Section 34 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and rely on the same long-standing and effective federal and provincial regulations that remain in place and are deemed sufficient by all other provinces.
  • Repeal O. Reg 127/01 Airborne Contaminant Discharge Monitoring and Reporting (acetone) as federal regulations have deemed acetone not a toxic substance and stopped reporting requirements.
  • Continued commitment to digitize the cumbersome paper-based Hazardous Waste Manifest process

Read CIAC’s submission for more details. 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.

Canada’s 43rd Parliament – challenging times ahead for Canada’s chemistry industry?

Canada’s 43rd Parliament has now been elected. Over the coming months new Ministerial appointments will be made and the re-elected Trudeau government will deliver its Speech from the Throne.

The new Parliament brings with it much uncertainty – how will the Liberals govern in this minority situation? Are the opposition parties in a position to extract demands to ensure their support on confidence motions? Will the conditions allow the government to be sufficiently nimble in what increasingly looks like softening economic prospects amidst diminishing global trade prospects? Perhaps most importantly, will the Liberals be seen to govern in the interests of all Canadians and tamp down the flashpoints of increasing regional tensions across the nation?

While we don’t have foresight on such questions, we can predict with considerable certainty that it will be a challenging time for Canada’s chemistry industry and CIAC. Below, we touch on our priority issues, challenges we can foresee and the positions CIAC will be taking into our engagements with representatives of all parties in this minority Parliament.

Chemicals Management – We anticipate the government will quickly move to introduce amendments to CEPA 99 in response to the legislative review concluded in the last Parliament. As a leading stakeholder in the CEPA process, CIAC worked with other industries, non-governmental stakeholders, the government and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change’s office to ensure the Minister’s response to the legislative review would deliver continual improvement, while maintaining the overall risk-based approach embedded in CEPA and the Chemicals Management Plan.  CIAC will need to continue to advocate for such outcomes as the legislation is amended.

Plastics – Each of the Liberal, NDP and Green parties placed an emphasis on banning so-called ’single use plastics’ during the election campaign. CIAC will continue to be an active participant in the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Canada-Wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste process and will continue to advocate strongly for actions, such as Extended Producer Responsibility, that will support the industry’s transition to a circular economy. CIAC will advocate for the government to introduce new legislation and not use CEPA and the Schedule 1 List of Toxic Substances as the legislative means for enabling federal actions. CIAC will also call on the government to fund technology development and deployment and modern infrastructure to support the circular economy transition.

Climate Change – Similarly, each of the above parties campaigned on a message of ‘accelerating climate action’. While supporting carbon pricing, CIAC will continue to advocate for approaches that maintain the competitiveness of Canada’s chemistry industry and that recognize that due to low-carbon feedstocks and electricity supplies, Canada’s industry produces some of the lowest carbon chemistries on the planet. As the federal government looks to recognize the global climate benefits of increased LNG shipments from Canada, we will be urging they consider the same for our chemistries.

Transportation – In response to another period of poor rail service performance in Winter 2019, the Canadian Transportation Agency acted with the new powers granted to it under Bill C-49. CIAC will be keeping a close watch on rail service performance in Winter 2020 and will work with stakeholders should further measures be required. CIAC will also be focused on its important Transportation Community Awareness Emergency Response (TRANSCAER®) program and its work with other stakeholders to build the capacities of first responders across Canada.

Investment Competitiveness – At times, the business and industry sectors acted as the punching bag for all parties during the election campaign. One-sided calls to ‘end corporate welfare’ were rallying cries for each of the party leaders. Nevertheless, provincial and federal governments heard and were responsive to CIAC’s message of chemistry investment opportunity over the past four years. At present, more than $12 billion in new chemistry investments are now underway, the vast majority of that in Alberta. Significant opportunity remains, however, and the new government and new Ministers will need to be fully informed about the opportunities and benefits for chemistry investments in Canada. Special consideration will be required to bring attention to the need for capital reinvestment in the chemistry sector in South West Ontario to ensure this $22 billion per year industry can continue to provide employment, taxes and social benefits for generations to come.

At CIAC’s most recent Board meeting, mere days before the election campaign, Impact Public Affairs President Huw Williams reviewed CIAC’s priorities and provided the sobering message that regardless of the election outcomes, the above five issues will feature prominently in the next Parliament, and likely for several Parliaments thereafter. These are generational issues that are unlikely to go away any time soon.  Mr. Williams went on to stress that the most important thing the industry can do is to engage broadly and across all parties with the newly elected parliamentarians to share the Good Chemistry and Responsible Care® message.

Based on CIAC experiences over the past four years, that has been a winning strategy and one we will double down on in this newly elected and highly complex 43rd Parliament.

CIAC pleased to see chemistry as an integral part of Alberta’s climate and emissions management strategy

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) is pleased to see that with the tabling of Bill 19, the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction Act (TIER), the Alberta government continues the province’s history of leadership on carbon pricing frameworks.

Alberta was the first jurisdiction in North American to apply a price on industrial greenhouse gas emissions in 2007. Now, TIER will create certainty for industry – including the chemistry industry – regarding carbon pricing which is critical for companies looking to invest in the province.

“The TIER program establishes an appropriate carbon pricing framework for our sector. One that acknowledges the energy-intensive, trade-exposed nature of Alberta-based chemical manufacturers,” said Greg Moffatt, CIAC’s Senior Director, Business and Economics. “It creates the conditions to drive new technology and innovation to reduce emissions while at the same time continuing to attract new investments and jobs while adding value to Alberta’s world-class, low-carbon natural gas resource.”

Federal and provincial governments are seeking low-carbon solutions as they confront the impacts of climate change. Canada’s chemistry sector and its highly skilled workers are uniquely positioned to provide innovative solutions in the fight against climate change. Since 2004, CIAC members have invested heavily cutting their carbon dioxide emissions by 18 per cent. Technology and innovation are key pathways to addressing climate change and managing emissions and we will continue to seek opportunities to improve on our record of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The most important emerging technologies moving the world to a low-carbon economy use chemistry to do so: green buildings and insulation; transportation innovation such as lighter vehicles, synthetic fuels and batteries; energy advancements in wind and solar; more efficient food packaging and chemical fertilizers; and air conditioning and refrigerant sectors. Alberta and Canada’s chemistry sector are a world leader in low-intensity carbon chemical production.

CIAC congratulates the government on moving forward with TIER. We will continue to work collaboratively with the Alberta government in developing its Climate and Emissions Management Strategy.

CIAC applauds further Ontario government actions to cut unnecessary red tape

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) congratulates the Ontario government and the Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, on the release of its latest regulatory burden reduction action.

“CIAC firmly supports the Ontario Government’s commitment to streamline duplicate regulations that impact the competitiveness of the chemical manufacturing,” said Don Fusco, CIAC Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations, Ontario. “These measures that affect the chemistry sector will eliminate unnecessary cost, complexity and time, while protecting our health and the environment.”

Among the initiatives contained in the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019, CIAC is very pleased to see the province:

  • Repeal Section 34 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, eliminating duplicative federal notification requirement for introducing new chemicals.
  • Revoke outdated acetone reporting requirements while maintaining stringent local air quality regulations.
  • Create an electronic system to allow businesses and governments to better track and report on hazardous wastes.

CIAC member operations are governed by Responsible Care®. The UN-recognized initiative compels member to innovate for safer and greener products and processes and continuously improve their environment and community protection, employee health and safety, product stewardship and social engagement.

Ontario’s $24-billion chemistry industry is the third-largest manufacturing industry and second largest exporting sector in the province. Overall, the chemistry sector directly employs 46,000 Ontarians in well-paying jobs and supports another 220,000 jobs in other sectors. The sector provides important inputs to sectors such as 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.

Register now for Quebec and Alberta Chemistry Days!

CIAC will be holding a Quebec Chemistry Day on Monday, September 16 at the Delta Québec in Quebec City and its 20th Alberta Chemistry Day on Wednesday, October 16 at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton.

CIAC will be holding a Quebec Chemistry Day on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Delta Québec in Quebec City in conjunction with the Quebec Leadership Group and Quebec Business and Economics Group meetings from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This biennial event will provide an opportunity for Quebec members to discuss with government ministers the various competitiveness issues of the chemistry industry and an opportunity to dialogue with members.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Yves Hamelin yhamelin@canadianchemsitry.ca or Isabelle Des Chênes at ideschenes@canadianchemistry.ca.

CIAC will be also holding its 20th Alberta Chemistry Day on Wednesday, October 16 at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, Alberta from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A detailed agenda with the schedule of events to follow. This is an annual event that provides an opportunity to dialogue on common issues, to better understand industry and government positions and to get to know new participants, both in industry and government.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Greg Moffatt at gmoffatt@canadianchemistry.ca or Lyn Gibbard at lgibbard@canadianchemistry.ca.

The Chemistry Industry 2020 Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

CIAC submission to: Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan.

Ontario Bill 66 receives Royal Assent

April 4, 2019

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) was pleased to see the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018, or Bill 66, receive Royal Assent on April 3 and congratulates the Ontario government and the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

“CIAC is pleased to see the Ontario government streamline duplicate regulations for the chemical manufacturing while maintaining protections for Canadians’ health and the environment,” said Don Fusco, CIAC Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations, Ontario. “These measures will eliminate unnecessary cost, complexity and time for chemistry sector, and bring us in line with other provinces.”

Among the initiatives contained in the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018, CIAC is very pleased to see the province:

  • Repeal the Toxics Reduction Act by 2021 and rely on the robust and science-based Federal Chemicals Management Plan, as other provinces do.
  • Amend Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to allow updated labels to be placed on existing chemical containers.

We are also pleased to see the Ontario government revoke nine regulations related to the Municipal Industrial Strategy for Abatement (MISA) and insert these requirements into Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECAs).

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.

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