Chemicals Management

The safe manufacturing of chemistry is at the centre of all the items that ensure our modern way of life. Canadians need to be confident that their health, safety, and environment are protected at all timesCIAC and our members are proud to support Canada as a global leader in the risk-based approach to chemicals management. 

Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) governs many different aspects of environmental regulation in Canada and, in June 2023, was updated for the first time in over 20 years through Royal Assent of Bill S-5, Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act. CIAC welcomed this update, which continues to position CEPA as a world-class, risk-based chemicals management regime.

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Chemicals Management Plan

CIAC supports the federal government’s reputable Chemicals Management Plan (CMP), a rigorous program for assessing and managing environmental and health risks posed by chemical substances. Canada is nearing completion of the 4,300 substances originally categorized for assessment and will soon initiate the next wave of chemicals management in Canada by developing a new plan of chemicals management priorities.

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Safe stewardship of chemicals

Canadians have a right to a safe and healthy environment, including strict air and water quality standards. CIAC and its members advocate for transparency and using the ethic and principles of Responsible Care®. CIAC collects data from members on health and safety, air and water quality and many other elements, which is published annually in our Sustainability Report.

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