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Reporting a Spill/Release

Section 201 of CEPA 1999 requires that, when an environmental emergency occurs for any of the substances on the list established on Schedule 1 under the Environmental Emergency Regulations, any person who owns or has the charge, management or control of the substance immediately before the emergency shall, as soon as possible, notify an enforcement officer or any other person designated pursuant to the Regulations. In addition, this person must abide by a number of other requirements, such as taking all reasonable measures consistent with protection of the environment and public safety and providing a written report. The above obligations also apply to a person who causes or contributes to the emergency.

Section 9 of the Environmental Emergency Regulations, as amended in 2011, states:

"When an environmental emergency occurs in respect of a substance set out in column 1 of Schedule 1, the person who is designated for the purpose of paragraph 201(1)(a) of the Act, to be provided with a written report is the Regional Director of the Environmental Enforcement Division of the Enforcement Branch of the Department of the Environment in the region."

For the purposes of section 201 of CEPA 1999,

  • a verbal notification is to be made as soon as possible under the circumstances to the authorities identified in the Release and Environmental Emergency Notification Regulations (Notification Regulations) under CEPA 1999, which provide the regulated community and the public with the telephone number of the 24-hour authorities operating for the respective province or territory to which notifications are to be made; and
  • a written report should be made as soon as possible under the circumstances to the relevant authorities

Information on what a written report must include and to whom it must be sent can be found in section 9 of the E2 Regulations and in Appendix 7 of the Implementation Guidelines for the Environmental Emergency Regulations. Appendix 7 also provides a recommendation on information to be included in the verbal notification and the telephone numbers to call when a release or an environmental emergency occurs.

The person notifying Environment Canada must take all reasonable measures consistent with the protection of the environment and public safety, including preventing, mitigating or recovering from any negative effects on the environment or on human life or health. The person must make a reasonable effort to notify any member of the public who may be adversely affected by the environmental emergency.

Notification and Reporting of Environmental Emergencies

Province
Verbal Notification
24-hour telephone line
Written Report
Designated person
Ontario
416-325-3000
or
1-800-268-6060*
Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Ontario Region
Environment Canada
845 Harrington Court
Burlington ON  L7N 3P3
Fax: 905-333-3952
Quebec
514-283-2333
or
1-866-283-2333*
Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Quebec Region
Environment Canada
105 McGill Street, 3rd floor
Montréal QC  H2Y 2E7
Fax: 514-496-2087
Nova Scotia
902-426-6030
or
1-800-565-1633*
Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Atlantic Region
Environment Canada
Queen Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS  B2Y 2N6
Fax: 902-426-7924
New Brunswick
902-426-6030
or
1-800-565-1633*
Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Atlantic Region
Environment Canada
Queen Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS  B2Y 2N6
Fax: 902-426-7924
Manitoba
204-944-4888

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment Canada
Eastgate Building
9250 49 Street
Edmonton, AB  T6B 1K5
Fax: 780-495-2451
British Columbia
1-800-663-3456
Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Pacific and Yukon Region
Environment Canada
201-401 Burrard Street, 4th floor
Vancouver BC  V6C 3S5
Fax: 604-666-9059
Prince Edward Island
902-426-6030
or
1-800-565-1633*
Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Atlantic Region
Environment Canada
Queen Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS  B2Y 2N6
Fax: 902-426-7924
Saskatchewan
1-800-667-7525
Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment Canada
Eastgate Building
9250 49 Street
Edmonton, AB  T6B 1K5
Fax: 780-495-2451
Alberta
780-422-4505
or
1-800-222-6514*
Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment Canada
Eastgate Building
9250 49 Street
Edmonton, AB  T6B 1K5
Fax: 780-495-2451
Newfoundland and Labrador
709-772-2083
or
1-800-563-9089*

Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Atlantic Region
Environment Canada
Queen Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS  B2Y 2N6
Fax: 902-426-7924
Yukon
867-667-7244
Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Pacific and Yukon Region
Environment Canada
201-401 Burrard Street, 4th floor
Vancouver BC  V6C 3S5
Fax: 604-666-9059
Northwest Territories
867-920-8130
Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment Canada
Eastgate Building
9250 49 Street
Edmonton, AB  T6B 1K5
Fax: 780-495-2451
Nunavut
867-920-8130
Regional Director, Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Prairie and Northern Region
Environment Canada
Eastgate Building
9250 49 Street
Edmonton, AB  T6B 1K5
Fax: 780-495-2451

* Telephone number accessible only within the respective province