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Forward Regulatory Plan 2017 to 2019

This plan provides information on regulatory proposals that Environment and Climate Change Canada expects to bring forward over the next two years. It also identifies public consultation opportunities and a departmental contact point for each regulatory initiative.


Environment and Climate Change Canada has grouped all of its regulatory initiatives into the following categories:

  1. Air Emissions and Greenhouse Gases
  2. Chemicals Management
  3. Fisheries Act
  4. Environmental Enforcement
  5. Environmental Emergencies
  6. Wildlife and Conservation

Air Emissions and Greenhouse Gases

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives

Chemicals Management

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives

Fisheries Act

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives

Environmental Enforcement

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives

Environmental Emergencies

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives

Wildlife and Conservation

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives

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Air Emissions and Greenhouse Gases

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives

Amendments to the Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

Proposed regulatory measures on HFC consumption (manufacture and import) would limit the growth and avoid future emissions and climate impacts of these powerful greenhouse gases (GHGs). Existing systems containing HFCs already in use in Canada would not be impacted by proposed measures and would be allowed to continue to be serviced and operated.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

A Notice of Intent to regulate HFCs under these regulations was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on December 6, 2014. Electronic and face-to-face consultations were initiated in 2015. Final consultations prior to publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I were completed in April 2016.

On November 26, 2016 the proposed amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 75-day comment period.

Publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II will be targeted for late summer/early fall 2017.

Contact

Nathalie Morin
Director, Chemical Production Division
Telephone: 819-420-8047
Fax: 819-944-5030
Email: nathalie.morin4@canada.ca

Revisions to the Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed revised regulations would repeal and replace the current Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003.

The Regulations aim at minimizing releases of halocarbons to the environment from refrigeration, air conditioning and fire-extinguishing systems. The proposed revisions would address administrative, operational and enforcement issues.

The proposed revisions would apply to systems containing halocarbons that are owned by federal departments, boards and agencies, Crown corporations, or federal works or undertakings; or are located on federal or Aboriginal lands.

The proposed revisions would affect certain businesses under federal jurisdiction in the refrigeration, air conditioning and fire extinguishing sectors.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Electronic and face-to-face consultations took place in 2013. Additional consultations regarding the administrative burden of the Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003 and its proposed revisions were held in spring 2015.

The proposed revised regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period.  Target date for publication is fall 2017 or winter 2018.

Contact

Nathalie Morin
Director, Chemical Production Division
Telephone: 819-420-8047
Fax: 819-944-5030
Email: nathalie.morin4@canada.ca

Off-Road Compression-Ignition and Large Spark-Ignition Engines Emission Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed regulations would replace the existing Off-Road Compression-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations. The new regulation would reduce air pollutant emissions from both off-road compression-ignition (diesel) and large spark-ignition (gasoline, propane and natural gas) engines by establishing emission standards and test procedures that are aligned with those of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The proposed regulation would affect manufacturers and importers of large spark-ignition, such as forklifts and ice resurfacers, and compression-ignition engines and equipment, such as construction, farming and forestry equipment.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Targeted pre-consultations are being held from 2014 to 2017 to provide stakeholders with an early opportunity to provide input on the proposal. 

The proposed regulation will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 75-day comment period. Target date for publication is 2018.

Contact

Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transportation Division
Telephone: 819-420-8020
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: stephane.couroux@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The existing Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations, in alignment with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA) standards, set air pollutant emission standards for small spark-ignition (typically gasoline) engines.

In 2008, the U.S. EPA published new, more stringent emission standards. These proposed amendments would further reduce air pollutant emissions by aligning with the new U.S. Phase 3 standards.

The proposed amendments would affect manufacturers and importers of small engines and equipment, such as lawn and gardening equipment.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Environment and Climate Change Canada published a discussion document on the CEPA Registry in August 2012 and held pre-consultations in 2012-2013 to provide stakeholders with an early opportunity to provide input on the proposal.

The proposed amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on June 11, 2016, which started a 75-day comment period. The target date for publication of the final amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part II is summer 2017.

Contact

Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transportation Division
Telephone: 819-420-8020
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: stephane.couroux@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Heavy-Duty Vehicle and Engine Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations (for post-2018 and beyond model years)

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The objective of the proposed amendments is to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new on-road heavy-duty vehicles and engines of the 2021 and later model years and introduce emission standards for trailers of 2018 and later model years pulled by tractors, in alignment with United States standards.

The proposed amendments would affect manufacturers and importers of new heavy-duty vehicles, engines and trailers brought into Canada for the purpose of sale.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

A Notice of Intent was published in the Canada Gazette,Part I on October 4, 2014, initiating a first formal comment period on a general approach that closed on November 12, 2014.

The proposed amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 75-day comment period. Target date for publication is winter 2017.

Contact

Stéphane Couroux
Director, Transportation Division
Telephone: 819-420-8020
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: stephane.couroux@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Regulations Prescribing Circumstances for Granting Waivers Pursuant to Section 147 of the Act

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed amendments are in response to comments received in 2013 from the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. The changes would amend regulatory text to ensure that the applicable provincial emergency measures referenced are updated, because provincial legislation has changed.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

The proposed amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period. Target date for publication is 2017.

Contact

Mark Cauchi
Executive Director, Oil, Gas and Alternative Energy Division
Telephone: 819-420-8028
Fax: 819-420-7410
Email: mark.cauchi@canada.ca

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed regulations would establish volatile organic compound (VOC) concentration limits for approximately 130 product categories/sub-categories including personal care, automotive and household maintenance products; adhesives, adhesive removers, sealants and caulks; and other miscellaneous products. These products are used by household, institutional and commercial consumers, and contribute to Canadian VOC emissions. 

It is estimated that there would be 1700 manufacturers and importers affected by the proposed regulations. Key associations whose members would be impacted are: the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA), the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association (CCSPA), the Adhesive and Sealants Manufacturers Association of Canada (ASMAC), the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) and the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA).

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

A consultation document outlining the regulatory proposal was published in January 2013. A public meeting was also held in February 2013.

The proposed regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 75-day comment period. Target date for publication is winter 2018.

Contact

Xin Gao
Acting Director, Products Division
Telephone: 819-938-4201
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: xin.gao@canada.ca

Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Volatile Organic Compounds (Petroleum Sector)

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed regulations would limit releases of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including petroleum and refinery gases, from Canadian petroleum refineries, upgraders, and certain petrochemical facilities.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

The proposed regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period. Target date for publication is spring 2017.

Contact

Mark Cauchi
Executive Director, Oil, Gas and Alternative Energy Division
Telephone: 819-420-8028
Fax: 819-420-7410
Email: mark.cauchi@canada.ca

Regulations to control methane emissions from the oil and gas sector

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed regulations would put in place controls on venting and fugitive emissions of methane from the oil and gas sector.  The Prime Minister announced Canada’s intent to publish proposed regulations by early-2017 as part of the Joint Statement on Climate Change, Energy and Arctic Leadership announced with U.S. President Barack Obama on March 10, 2016.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Pre-consultations with provinces, territories, stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples were launched in April 2016. A formal consultation period will be held upon publication of the proposed regulation in Canada Gazette, Part I, in spring2017.

Contact

Mark Cauchi
Executive Director, Oil, Gas and Alternative Energy Division
Telephone: 819-420-8028
Fax: 819-420-7410
Email: mark.cauchi@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Contaminated Fuels Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

Article 11.8 of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation prohibits the application of technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures on goods in transit. Amendments to the Contaminated Fuels Regulations (CFR) would allow the application of Article 11.8 by exempting goods in transit from the application of technical regulations in the CFRs.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Consultations with stakeholders will take place before and after publication of proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I. Target for publication is fall 2017.

Contact

Mark Cauchi
Executive Director, Oil, Gas and Alternative Energy Division
Telephone: 819-420-8028
Fax: 819-420-7410
Email: mark.cauchi@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-fired Generation of Electricity Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed amendments would require all coal-fired units to meet the performance standards by no later than December 31st, 2029.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Pre-consultations with provinces and territories commenced in December, 2016.  A formal consultation period will be held upon publication of the regulations in the Canada Gazette; Part I. Target for publication is end of 2017.

Contact

Paola Mellow
Director, Electricity and Combustion Division
Telephone: 819-420-7761
Email: ec.electricite-electricity.ec@canada.ca

Regulations Limiting Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generation

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed regulations would establish performance standards for new natural gas-fired combustion engines and converted boilers.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Pre-consultations with provinces and territories commenced in December, 2016. A formal consultation period will be held upon publication of the regulations in the Canada Gazette; Part I. Target for publication is end of 2017.

Contact

Paola Mellow
Director, Electricity and Combustion Division
Telephone: 819-420-7761
Email: ec.electricite-electricity.ec@canada.ca

Equivalency Agreement with the Province of Saskatchewan - Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

Through an equivalency agreement, the province would be allowed to meet or improve upon federal emission requirements over time, as opposed to an in-year basis.

The equivalency agreement would also consider both coal and natural gas fired electricity emissions, as opposed to the regulation of emissions from each coal-fired unit.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

A formal consultation period will be held upon publication of the proposed equivalency agreement in the Canada Gazette, Part I. Target for CGI publication is end of 2017 or early 2018.

Contact

Paola Mellow
Director, Electricity and Combustion Division
Telephone: 819-420-7761
Email: ec.electricite-electricity.ec@canada.ca

Regulations for Stationary Compression-Ignition Engines

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed regulations would reduce air pollutant emissions from stationary compression-ignition (generally diesel fueled) engines by establishing emission standard and test procedures that are aligned with those of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The proposed regulation would affect manufacturers and importers of stationary compression-ignition engines.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Targeted pre-consultations are anticipated in Winter 2017 to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to provide input on the proposal.

The proposed regulation will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 75-day comment period. Target date for publication is 2018.

Contact

Paola Mellow
Director, Electricity and Combustion Division
Telephone: 819-420-7761
Email: Email: ec.electricite-electricity.ec@canada.ca

Regulations to implement the federal backstop carbon pollution pricing system

Enabling Act

New legislation (on carbon pricing backstop)

Description

Regulations may address aspects of the system such as: output-based standards; reporting requirements; and administrative penalties.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Public consultation is tentatively scheduled for March-April 2017 on the design of the federal backstop carbon pollution pricing system.

More targeted consultations on the output-based pricing system are anticipated in late 2017 and 2018 to provide stakeholders opportunity to provide input.

The proposed regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period. Target date for publication is 2018.

Contact

Kate Rich
Director, Air Emission Priorities
Telephone: 819-420-7742
Email: kathleen.rich@canada.ca

Clean Fuel Standard

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

New regulatory requirements will be developed under CEPA. The standard will incent the use of lower carbon fuels and alternative technologies, such as electricity, renewable natural gas, hydrogen, and renewable fuels. It would address a broad suite of fuels, including liquid, gaseous and solid fuels, and would go beyond transportation fuels to include those used in industry, homes and buildings.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Consultations commenced in January 2017 and will continue through to spring to engage stakeholders on the discussion document and to inform the development of the regulatory framework.

The proposed regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 75-day comment period. Target date for publication is 2018.

Contact

Mark Cauchi
Executive Director, Oil, Gas and Alternative Energy Division
Telephone: 819-420-8028
Fax: 819-420-7410
Email: mark.cauchi@canada.ca

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Chemicals Management

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives


Regulations Amending the Concentration of Phosphorus in Certain Cleaning Products Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

Article 11.8 of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation prohibits the application of technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures on goods in transit. Amendments to the Concentration of Phosphorus in Certain Cleaning Products Regulations would allow Canada to comply with the WTO Agreement. At the same time, a minor amendment will be made to address technical issues in the Regulations and the text of the laboratory accreditation provision will be standardized.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

Consultations with stakeholders will are being held until February 9, 2017 and will occur again after publication of proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I. Target for final publication of the amendments is end of 2018.

Contact

Xin Gao
Acting Director, Products Division
Telephone: 819-938-4201
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: xin.gao@canada.ca

Cross-Border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed regulations would replace and consolidate three existing regulations: the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations, the Interprovincial Movement of Hazardous Waste Regulations and the PCB Waste Export Regulations, 1996.

The proposed regulations would update and clarify the requirements for international and interprovincial movements of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material. They would also add new provisions for international movements of electronic waste.

The proposed regulations would primarily affect the waste management industry.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

The 2010 discussion paper and a summary of comments received with preliminary responses are available on the Environment and Climate Change Canada website.

Further consultations with stakeholders will take place in 2017, prior to the publication of proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I.

The proposed regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period in 2018.

Contact

Gwen Goodier
Director, Waste Reduction and Management Division
Telephone: 819-938-4506
Fax: 819-938-4553
Email: gwen.goodier@canada.ca

Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under Section 89, Subsection 93(1) and Section 114 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed regulations would make amendments to multiple CEPA regulations related to issues such as outdated standards and inconsistencies between English and French text.

The proposed regulations would be of interest to the regulatees and stakeholders of the following CEPA regulations:

  1. Contaminated Fuel Regulations;
  2. Benzene in Gasoline Regulations;
  3. Tributyltetracylphosphonium Chloride Regulations;
  4. Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations;
  5. Solvent Degreasing Regulations;
  6. New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers);
  7. New Substances Notification Regulations (Organisms);
  8. Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Automotive Refinishing Products Regulations; and
  9. Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

The proposed regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part I for a 75-day comment period on October 1, 2016. Target date for publication in Canada Gazette, Part II is fall 2017.

Contact

Astrid Télasco
Director, Regulatory Innovation and Management Systems
Telephone: 819-938-4478
Fax: 819-938-4480
Email: astrid.telasco@canada.ca

Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under Sections 140, 209 and 286.1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed regulations would make amendments to multiple CEPA regulations related to issues such as outdated standards and inconsistencies between English and French text.

The proposed regulations would be of interest to the regulatees and stakeholders of the following CEPA regulations:

  1. Fuels Information Regulations, No. 1;
  2. Gasoline Regulations;
  3. Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations;
  4. Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations; and
  5. Regulations Designating Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999).

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

The proposed regulation was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 75-day comment period on May 21, 2016. Target date for publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II is spring 2017.

Contact

Astrid Télasco
Director, Regulatory Innovation and Management Systems
Telephone: 819-938-4478
Fax: 819-938-4480
Email: astrid.telasco@canada.ca

Order Amending Schedule 3 to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (Export Control List) – Following Triple COP meetings

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The amendments will add substances to the Export Control List (Schedule 3 to Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999). This amendment will control the export of these substances for the purpose of implementing Canada’s obligations under the Rotterdam and/or Stockholm Conventions. 

The proposed amendments would be of interest to the industrial chemicals sector.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

An online public and targeted stakeholder consultation will take place following the Triple COP meetings.  Target date for this is in spring 2017.

Target date for publication in Part II of the Canada Gazette, for a 75-day comment period is winter 2018.

Contact

Nathalie Morin
Director, Chemical Production Division
Telephone: 819-420-8047
Fax: 819-944-5030
Email: nathalie.morin4@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing, and Reverse Etching Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed amendments would provide more flexibility and consistency for facilities to comply with the regulations and would clarify regulatory requirements.

The proposed amendments would affect the metal finishing industry.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Environment and Climate Change Canada conducted an online public consultation concerning the proposed regulatory amendments in summer 2014.

A second consultation is scheduled in 2017.

The proposed amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period. Target date for publication is 2018.

Contact

Nathalie Morin
Director, Chemical Production Division
Telephone: 819-420-8047
Fax: 819-944-5030
Email: nathalie.morin4@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the New Substances Notification Regulations (Organisms)

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

In order to keep pace with recent scientific advances, amendments to subsection 2(4) and section 4 of the Regulations are being proposed:

a) The addition of new information schedules for importers and manufacturers of higher organisms, so that the notification timelines and information requirements are tiered, based on the proposed use/exposure of the organism; and

b) New Research and Development (R&D) exemption criteria, with mandatory reporting of all decisions made by a "qualified designated authority" that a new higher organism meets exemption criteria.

The proposed amendments would affect manufacturers and importers of new higher organisms, including those in the R&D sector working at universities, hospitals, other institutes and private companies.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Three multi-stakeholder, two-day workshops were held with affected stakeholder groups (universities, environmental non-governmental organizations, other government departments and companies) in 2006, 2007 and 2010. A scientific expert group met in 2009 to provide the government with recommendations. In 2012, a case study involving select researchers testing the reporting process was conducted. A final consultation was held June 1-2, 2016 by webinar.

The proposed amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period. Target date for publication is fall 2017.

Contact

Jim Louter
Manager, Biotechnology Section
Telephone: 819-938-5057
Fax: 819-994-3121
Email: jim.louter@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 [BNST]

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 (the Regulations) prohibit, with some exemptions, the manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale, and import of certain toxic substances and products containing these substancess.

The substance Benzenamine, N-phenyl-, Reaction Products with Styrene and 2,4,4-Trimethylpentene (BNST) was added to the Regulations in 2013.

Following the conclusion of the final screening assessment for substituted diphenylamine (SDPA) substances, the amendments will either:

1) Remove  the requirements for BNST from the Regulations; or

2) Modify the requirements for BNST under the Regulations, to provide flexibility for its use beyond March 2018, in replacement parts and legacy equipment.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

The proposed amendments were published in Canada Gazette, Part I for a 75-day public comment period on November 5, 2016. Target date for publication in Canada Gazette, Part II is fall 2017.

Contact

Mary-Ann Spicer
Acting Executive Director, Chemicals Management Division
Telephone: 819-938-4313
Fax: 819-938-4218
Email: mary-ann.spicer@canada.ca

Regulations Repealing the Chlor-Alkali Mercury Release Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

This regulation is no longer required and is therefore being repealed. The last Canadian mercury cell plant closed in June 2008. It is unlikely that any new chlorine production facilities in Canada will use mercury cell technology, since Canada signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury in October 2013, and there are now alternate processes.

Consequential amendments are also being made to repeal items 6 and 7 of the Schedule to the Regulations Designating Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999).

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

Consultations with stakeholders will take place before and after publication of the regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I in fall 2017. Further details are to be determined.

Contact

Nathalie Morin
Director, Chemical Production Division
Telephone: 819-420-8047
Fax: 819-944-5030
Email: nathalie.morin4@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed regulations would make minor amendments to the Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations.

Organizational changes which occurred within Environment and Climate Change Canada and other federal, provincial or territorial governments, as well as the amendments made to other regulations referenced in the Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations have caused some information in the Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations to become out of date.  Updates are required in order to keep these Regulations current and clear.

These proposed amendments would not affect the regulated community or the public.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

The proposed regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for comment period. Target date for publication is fall 2017.

Contact

Lo Cheng
Director, Environmental Emergencies Division
Telephone: 819-934-4072
Fax: 819-938-4075
Email: lo.cheng@canada.ca

Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

This regulatory proposal aims to prevent the release of plastic microbeads into the aquatic environment from microbead-containing personal care products that are designed for exfoliation and cleansing.

The proposed regulations would affect retailers and roughly 50 manufacturers and importers of these products. The key association whose members would be impacted by the regulations is the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA).

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

A consultation document outlining the regulatory proposal was published in February 2016.

The proposed regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 75-day comment period on November 5, 2016. Target date for publication of the final regulations in Canada Gazette, Part II is summer 2017.

Contact

Xin Gao
Acting Director, Products Division
Telephone: 819-938-4201
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: xin.gao@canada.ca

Regulations to Prohibit the Manufacture and Import of Lead Wheel Weights

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The proposed regulations is to prohibit the manufacture and import of wheel weights that contain more than 0.1% by weight of lead destined for use in the Canadian market.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

The proposed regulations are anticipated to be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period in 2018.

Contact

Xin Gao
Acting Director, Products Division
Telephone: 819-938-4201
Fax: 819-938-4179
Email: xin.gao@canada.ca

Orders Adding Substances to Schedule 1 to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

From time to time, the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health will recommend further orders under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA), which authorizes the Governor-in-Council to add substances concluded to be “toxic” to Schedule 1 of CEPA.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

The proposed orders will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period. Timing and further details of proposed additions are to be determined.

Contact

Greg Carreau
Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division
Telephone: 819-938-3292
Fax: 819-938-3231
Email: greg.carreau@canada.ca

Prohibition of Asbestos Regulations

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The regulatory proposal aims to prohibit all future activities respecting asbestos and asbestos-containing products, including the manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale, import and export. The regulations will not address the mining and processing of mining residues.

The regulations would affect industries that manufacture, use, sell, offer for sale, import or export asbestos and asbestos-containing products.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

A Notice of Intent to Develop Regulations Respecting Asbestos was published in Canada Gazette, Part I on December 17, 2016 for a 30-day comment period.

Additional consultations will be carried out in spring 2017, prior to the publication of proposed regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I for a 75-day comment period in fall 2017.

Target date for publication of the final regulations in Canada Gazette, Part II is fall 2018.

Contact

Mary-Ann Spicer
Acting Executive Director, Chemicals Management Division
Telephone: 819-938-4313
Fax: 819-938-4218
Email: mary-ann.spicer@canada.ca

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Fisheries Act

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives


Amendments to Schedule 2 of the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

The proposed amendments would add fish-frequented water bodies to Schedule 2 of the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER). This would allow these water bodies to be used for the disposal of mine waste.

Each proposed amendment would be associated with a single Canadian metal mine.

These proposed amendments would affect the metal mining sector.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

Environment and Climate Change Canada holds consultations with stakeholders for each mining project before proposed amendments to Schedule 2 are published in the Canada Gazette. Timing and further details are to be determined.

Contact

Aimee Zweig
Director, Mining and Processing Division
Telephone: 819-938-4398
Fax: 819-420-7381
Email: aimee.zweig@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations – General

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

The proposed amendments to the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations include strengthening the effluent limits and improving the efficiency and efficacy of the environmental effects monitoring requirements. The proposed amendments would also expand the regulations to include diamond mines. These amendments would provide greater regulatory certainty to the mining sector.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Canadians will be invited to review the proposed amendments and submit comments when the proposed amendments are published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period. Target date for publication is spring 2017.

Contact

Aimee Zweig
Director, Mining and Processing Division
Telephone: 819-938-4398
Fax: 819-420-7381
Email: aimee.zweig@canada.ca

Coal Mining Effluent Regulations

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

The proposed regulations would include approaches to manage coal mining effluent, and would include environmental effect monitoring provisions.

The proposed regulations would affect the coal mining sector, providing them with regulatory certainty while improving environmental outcomes.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Pre-consultations will be held with relevant stakeholders prior to publication in Canada Gazette, Part I.

The proposed regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period. Target date for publication is summer 2018.

Contact

Aimee Zweig
Director, Mining and Processing Division
Telephone: 819-938-4398
Fax: 819-420-7381
Email: aimee.zweig@canada.ca

Regulations Repealing the Chlor-Alkali Mercury Liquid Effluent Regulations

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

This regulation is no longer required and is therefore being repealed. The last Canadian mercury cell plant closed in June 2008. It is unlikely that any new chlorine production facilities in Canada will use mercury cell technology, since Canada signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury in October 2013, and there are now alternate processes.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

Proposed regulations (for the repeal) will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a comment period and this is targeted to occur during fall 2017.

Contact

Nathalie Morin
Director, Chemical Production Division
Telephone: 819-420-8047
Fax: 819-944-5030
Email: nathalie.morin4@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

The proposed regulations would make minor amendments to the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations.

Organizational changes which occurred within Environment and Climate Change Canada and other federal, provincial or territorial governments, as well as the amendments made to the Fisheries Act and other regulations referenced in the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations have caused some information in the Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations to become out of date.  Updates are required in order to keep these Regulations current and clear.

These proposed amendments would not affect the regulated community or the public.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

The proposed regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for comment period. Target date for publication is fall 2017.

Contact

Lo Cheng
Director, Environmental Emergencies Division
Telephone: 819-938-4072
Fax: 819-938-4075
Email: lo.cheng@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations (PPER)

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

The proposed amendments would modernize the regulations by streamlining requirements, reflecting current and future industry practices and amending certain requirements such as environmental effects monitoring.

These amendments would provide greater regulatory certainty to the pulp and paper sector.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Pre-consultations will be held prior to publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I.

The proposed regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for public comment. Target date for publication is spring 2018.

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
Telephone: 819-938-4251
Fax: 819-420-7384
Email: caroline.blais@canada.ca

Order Declaring that the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations do not apply in Quebec

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

The order under the Fisheries Act will declare that the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations (WSER) do not apply in Quebec, for wastewater systems for which the regulatory regime for wastewater is equivalent in effect with the WSER as provided in a bilateral equivalency agreement.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

The proposed equivalency agreement and order was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on March 21, 2015 for a 30-day comment period.

Target date for publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II is winter 2018.

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
Telephone: 819-938-4251
Fax: 819-420-7384
Email: caroline.blais@canada.ca

Order Declaring that the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations do not apply in British Columbia

Enabling Act

Fisheries Act

Description

The order under the Fisheries Act will declare that the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations (WSER) do not apply in British Columbia, for wastewater systems for which the regulatory regime for wastewater is equivalent in effect with the WSER as provided in a bilateral equivalency agreement.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

If the provincial regime is deemed equivalent, a proposed equivalency agreement and order will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 30-day comment period. Target date for publication is winter 2018.

Contact

Caroline Blais
Director, Forest Products and Fisheries Act Division
Telephone: 819-938-4251
Fax: 819-420-7384
Email: caroline.blais@canada.ca

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Environmental Enforcement

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives


Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations

Enabling Act

Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Act

Description

The proposed regulations would implement an administrative monetary penalty (AMP) regime under the Environmental Violations Administrative Monetary Penalties Act for various statutes administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada by designating the provisions of the statutes and their regulations that could be enforced by means of an AMP and specifying the method of calculating the amount of an AMP.

The overall impacts are minimal, as the AMPs regime does not create new obligations or prohibitions, and only those parties committing violations would be impacted.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

The proposed regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period on April 9, 2016.

Target date for publication of the final regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II is fall 2017.

Communication of the changes will be a part of normal compliance promotion activities with key stakeholder groups.

Contact

Sara Neamtz
Acting Executive Director, Legislative Governance
Telephone: 819-420-7890
Fax: 819-420-7391
Email: sara.neamtz@canada.ca

Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canada Wildlife Act) Regulations

Enabling Act

Canada Wildlife Act

Description

The proposed regulations are required to implement the fine regime introduced by the Environmental Enforcement Act.  They designate the provisions of the Wildlife Area Regulations that, if contravened, would subject the offender to minimum fines and to increased maximum fines upon conviction.

The proposed regulations will be of interest to any sectors that conduct activities impacting wildlife areas. The overall impacts will be minimal, however, as the proposed regulations would only apply to those parties that breach the applicable rules.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

Environment and Climate Change Canada published the proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 30-day comment period on December 15, 2012.

Given the lapse of time, the proposed regulations were republished in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period on April 9, 2016.

Target date for publication of the final regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II is fall 2017.

Communication of the changes will be part of normal compliance promotion activities with key stakeholder groups.

Contact

Sara Neamtz
Acting Executive Director, Legislative Governance
Telephone: 819-420-7890
Fax: 819-420-7391
Email: sara.neamtz@canada.ca

Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994) Regulations

Enabling Act

Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

Description

The proposed regulations are required to implement the fine regime introduced by the Environmental Enforcement Act.  They designate the provisions of the Migratory Birds Regulations and the Migratory Bird Sanctuaries Regulations that, if contravened, would subject the offender to minimum fines and to increased maximum fines upon conviction.

The proposed regulations will be of interest to any sectors that conduct activities impacting migratory birds or migratory bird sanctuaries.  The overall impacts will be minimal, however, as the regulations would only apply to those parties that breach the applicable rules.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

The proposed regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 30-day comment period on December 15, 2012.

Given the lapse of time, the proposed regulations were republished in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 60-day comment period on April 9, 2016.

Target date for publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II is fall 2017.

Communication of the changes will be part of normal compliance promotion activities with key stakeholder groups.

Contact

Sara Neamtz
Acting Executive Director, Legislative Governance
Telephone: 819-420-7890
Fax: 819-420-7391
Email: sara.neamtz@canada.ca

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Environmental Emergencies

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives

  • Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2016

Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2016

Enabling Act

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Description

The existing Regulations will be repealed and replaced by the proposed Environmental Emergency Regulations (2016). The proposed Regulations strengthen the existing regulations, add 49 substances to the Schedule 1 list of 215 substances, and amend thresholds for three substances already listed in Schedule 1.

The proposed Regulations would primarily affect the following six business sectors:

  • chemical manufacturing;
  • petroleum refineries;
  • rubber products manufacturing;
  • textile mills;
  • paints and coatings; and
  • mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Environment and Climate Change Canada conducted preliminary consultations in 2013–2014 using a variety of means to inform and consult, including its website, electronic surveys and online meetings. Over 300 responses were received. A summary of the responses was posted on the Environmental Emergencies website.

The Regulations were published in Canada Gazette, Part I on October 8, 2016 for a 60-day comment period.

Target date for publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II is fall 2017.

Contact

Lo Cheng
Director, Environmental Emergencies
Telephone: 819-938-4072
Fax: 819-938-4075
Email: lo.cheng@canada.ca

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Wildlife and Conservation

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives


Regulations Amending the Antarctic Environmental Protection Regulations

Enabling Act

Antarctic Environmental Protection Act

Description

Environment and Climate Change Canada is in the process of addressing issues raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR) on the Antarctic Environmental Protection Regulations. The department will propose amendments to the Regulations that would be administrative in nature and have minor effect on applicants for Antarctic Environmental Protection Act permits.

The proposed amendments would be of interest to a small number of Canadian businesses that operate in Antarctica, mostly tourism operators with tours visiting the continent, and to Canadian scientists participating in studies in the Antarctic region.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Environment and Climate Change Canada will conduct consultations on the proposed changes to the Regulations through direct communications with the regulated community and the Canadian Committee on Antarctic Research during the winter 2017.

Target date for publication in the Canada Gazette , Part I is fall 2017.

Contact

David Taillefer
Head, Marine Pollution and Shipping
Telephone: 613-796-1760
Email: david.taillefer@canada.ca

Protection Orders on federal land and non-federal land under the Species at Risk Act

Enabling Act

Species at Risk Act

Description

From time to time, orders may be made under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) to protect the critical habitat on federal land or critical habitat, individuals and residences on non-federal land of the species listed under the Act.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Consultations with stakeholders would take place before and after publication of the proposed orders. Timing and further details are determined on a case-by-case basis and will be made available on the Species at Risk Public Registry.

Contact

Mary Jane Roberts
Director, SARA Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4289
Email: mary-jane.roberts@canada.ca

Orders Amending Schedule 1 to the Species at Risk Act

Enabling Act

Species at Risk Act

Description

From time to time, orders may be made amending Schedule I to the Species at Risk Act (SARA) to reflect listing decisions made by the Governor-in-Council.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Consultations with stakeholders would take place before and after publication of the proposed orders in the Canada Gazette , Part I. Timing and further details are to be determined and will be made available on the SAR Public Registry.

Contact

Mary Jane Roberts
Director, SARA Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4289
Email: mary-jane.roberts@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Wildlife Area Regulations – Designating the Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area

Enabling Act

Canada Wildlife Act

Description

The proposed amendments would designate the Edéhzhíe National Wildlife Area (NWA) under the Canada Wildlife Act. The proposed Edéhzhíe NWA consists of an area of approximately 14 218 km2 in the Northwest Territories. This area includes the Horn Plateau, a unique escarpment rising 900 m above the surrounding landscape and containing boreal forest, uplands and wetlands. It is home to species at risk such as woodland caribou and wolverines, provides important migratory bird habitat, and contains the headwaters of three rivers.

The proposed amendments are part of a commitment made by the Government of Canada under the Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy. Edéhzhíe is the first of five candidate protected areas to be proposed for designation. The Dehcho First Nation and the Tłichô Government requested that Edéhzhíe be established as a National Wildlife Area under the Canada Wildlife Act. The legislation under which the remaining four candidate protected areas will be protected will be determined in consultation with the Government of the Northwest Territories.

The proposed amendments would be of interest to local Indigenous peoples and a number of stakeholders including the tourism sector, the oil and gas sector, the mining sector, and conservation groups.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

The Dehcho First Nation and Tłichô Government communities proposed that the Edéhzhíe area be assessed through the Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy with the view to obtain legislative protection of important and unique habitat in the Northwest Territories. As such, these communities have been important partners in the development of the regulatory proposal.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has held a number of meetings with local Indigenous peoples and with key stakeholders, including the oil and gas sector, conservation groups, the mining sector, the tourism sector, and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

The proposed amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 30-day comment period. Target date for publication is 2018.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4105
Fax: 819-938-4147
Email: caroline.ladanowski@canada.ca

Scott Islands Protected Marine Area Regulations

Enabling Act

Canada Wildlife Act

Description

The proposed regulations allow for the management of the Scott Islands marine habitat as a Protected Marine Area (PMA) under the Canada Wildlife Act. The proposed Scott Islands PMA consists of approximately 11 546 km2 of marine area off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

The Scott Islands support the highest concentration of breeding seabirds in the Canadian Pacific (estimated at 1.4 million) and are the site of the most intensive seabird research program in Canada. Information from this area provides the bulk of the scientific knowledge about seabirds and their environment on Canada’s Pacific coast.

The proposed PMA is anticipated to have a positive impact for First Nations, as it will ensure that an area of cultural and spiritual significance is protected. It may also affect the Province of British Columbia, other federal departments and other relevant stakeholders with interests in this marine environment, including the shipping industry, the tourism sector, commercial and recreational fisheries, the oil and gas sector, and conservation groups.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

The conservation objectives for the proposed PMA were developed in consultation with a steering committee and an advisory group composed of representatives of all interest groups.

Environment and Climate Change Canada also posted a regulatory strategy on its website on March 25, 2013, for a 60-day public comment period. A number of meetings have also been held with Tlatlasikwala First Nation, the Quatsino First Nation and key stakeholders on Vancouver Island, including the commercial and recreational fisheries, oil and gas, tourism, provincial and local government, and conservation groups.  Consultations with other federal government departments and the Province of British Columbia are currently ongoing.

The proposed regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on December 31, 2016, for a 30-day comment period. Target date for publication of final regulations is late 2017.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4105
Fax: 819-938-4147
Email: caroline.ladanowski@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Wildlife Area Regulations

Enabling Act

Canada Wildlife Act

Description

The proposed amendments would amend the boundary descriptions of 14 National Wildlife Areas (NWAs) based on new survey data and, in some cases, to include lands that have been acquired by Environment and Climate Change Canada:

  • Wallace Bay NWA, N.S.
  • Tintamarre NWA, N.B.
  • Shepody NWA, N.B.
  • Baie de I’Isle Verte NWA, Que.
  • Îles de l’Estuaire NWA, Que.
  • Pointe de I’Est NWA, Que.
  • Long Point NWA, Ont.
  • St. Clair NWA, Ont.
  • Prince Edward Point NWA, Ont.
  • Mississippi Lake NWA, Ont.
  • Prairie NWA, Sask.
  • Alaksen NWA, B.C.
  • Columbia NWA, B.C.
  • Qualicum NWA, B.C.

The proposed amendments would also make miscellaneous amendments, such as changing descriptions and names of a number of NWAs and other administrative changes in the above NWAs as well as the following three NWAs:

  • Cap Tourmente NWA, Que.
  • Nirjutiqavvik NWA, Nun.
  • Polar Bear Pass NWA, Nun.

The proposed amendments would also provide more flexibility in the management of National Wildlife Areas (NWAs), while maintaining the current level of protection. The proposed amendments focus on improving the Regulations by adding more authorizing instruments, adding permitting terms and conditions, improving the permitting process, and creating exceptions for routine and essential activities.

The proposed amendments would be of interest to local Indigenous peoples and a number of stakeholders including non-governmental organizations, scientists and academics conducting research in NWAs, the tourism sector, and the agricultural sector.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

The proposed amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette , Part I for a 30-day comment period. Target date for publication is late 2017.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4105
Fax: 819-938-4147
Email: caroline.ladanowski@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Migratory Birds Regulations – Hunting Regulations

Enabling Act

Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

Description

The proposed regulations would amend Schedule 1 of the Migratory Birds Regulations to adjust season dates and bag and possession limits for migratory game bird species by province and territory. This is done to achieve conservation goals and allow for recreational migratory game bird hunting in Canada.

Commencing with the 2014–15 hunting season, Environment and Climate Change Canada moved from an annual to a biennial regulatory amendment cycle for the hunting regulations. However, Environment and Climate Change Canada is continuing to evaluate the status of migratory game birds on an annual basis to ensure that urgent regulatory amendments can be made if necessary.

The proposed amendments would be of interest to hunters, hunting organizations, conservation groups and the tourism sector.

Indication of business impact

There are no expected business impacts.

Consultation

Environment and Climate Change Canada conducts extensive consultations on the hunting regulations with an array of stakeholders, including: the provinces/territories; wildlife management boards; the Governments of the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Greenland and St. Pierre and Miquelon; U.S. State Governments; national and provincial conservation and hunter organizations; and other interested individuals.

As part of the consultation process for these amendments, a Notice of Intent will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in early 2018. The purpose of this notice will be to inform stakeholders and the Canadian public that Environment and Climate Change Canada will be recommending regulatory amendments to the Migratory Birds Regulations for hunting. The notice will also inform stakeholders of the publication of the report Proposals to Amend the Canadian Migratory Birds Regulations, which will outline and explain the regulatory amendments that will be proposed and provide information on the consultation process.

The final amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette , Part II. Target date for publication is spring 2018.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4105
Fax: 819-938-4147
Email: caroline.ladanowski@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Migratory Birds Regulations

Enabling Act

Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

Description

The proposed amendments would update and streamline the Migratory Birds Regulations in order to address issues regarding hunting management and correct outdated references to Aboriginal peoples.

The proposed amendments could affect migratory game bird hunters and hunting organizations, conservation groups and Aboriginal Canadians among others.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Environment and Climate Change Canada held consultations in 2014, and Canadians were invited to review the regulatory proposal and submit comments.

The proposed amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 30-day comment period. Target date for publication is 2018.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4105
Fax: 819-938-4147
Email: caroline.ladanowski@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations – Schedule 1 Amendments

Enabling Act

Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act

Description

The proposed amendments would ensure that Schedule 1 of the Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations reflect decisions made by the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES COP 17) to amend the appendices to the Convention.

The proposed amendments could be of interest to a number of groups, including environmental non-governmental organizations, importers and exporters, nurseries, breeders, museums, circuses, orchestras as well as furniture and musical instrument manufacturers.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Information on the proposals that were considered at COP 17 was posted on the Environment and Climate Change Canada website for public comment. A Notice of Intent was published in the Canada Gazette , Part I, to inform the public. Identified stakeholders have been notified and a public meeting was held on June 14, 2016.

A second Notice of Intent was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, to inform the public of the intent to amend the Regulations as a result of decisions made by COP 17.

The proposed amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. Target date for publication is spring 2017.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4105
Fax: 819-938-4147
Email: caroline.ladanowski@canada.ca

Regulations Amending the Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations – Salamanders

Enabling Act

Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act

Description

The proposed amendments would prohibit, for a period of one year, the import of specimens (living or dead) of all species of the Caudata order unless authorized by a permit.  The objective of the regulation is to temporarily prevent the introduction of a disease-causing fungus, batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal), into Canadian ecosystems while the Government of Canada explores longer-term measures to protect Canadian salamanders.

The proposed amendments could be of interest to a number of groups including the pet stores, the scientific and academic community and the provinces and territories.

Indication of business impact

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and the Small Business Lens may apply.

Consultation

Pre-consultations with the pet trade industry, the scientific and academic community and provinces and territories were undertaken in November 2016 to discuss the threat to Canadian salamanders posed by Bsal and the proposed expected action of limiting importation of all salamander species for the period of one year.

The amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. Target date for publication is spring 2017.

Contact

Caroline Ladanowski
Director, Wildlife Management and Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 819-938-4105
Fax: 819-938-4147
Email: caroline.ladanowski@canada.ca

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