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Regulations

Regulations are one of the instruments in the toolbox that Environment Canada uses to achieve environmental objectives and meet statutory obligations. Regulations are legally enforceable instruments that can create different kinds of requirements on different kinds of activities, including restrictions on some activities and authorizations on others to improve scientific research or commercial activities in an environmentally sustainable manner. They can require reporting, monitoring, research and sharing of information.

Environment Canada is one of the Government of Canada's most active regulators, administering over 80 regulations that regulate certain activities of industries, other levels of government, trading partners and Canadians in every region of the country. Because of this, Environment Canada is always seeking to improve its regulatory performance as a part of its commitment to operate as a World Class Regulator.

Below you will find links to Environment Canada's regulations along with information on many of its regulatory programs.

Information is also available on Environment Canada's World Class Regulator commitment.