Chemicals Management Plan (CMP)
Online Reporting via Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window
How-To Guide

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1. Purpose

This document provides guidance in using the Single Window to report to the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP). This guide addresses all functionality and features of the forms for reporting online and provides step by step instructions for certain parts of the online forms. While each form may be unique, this guide addresses all functionalities needed to complete any submission for the CMP.

2. Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window Login

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window is an online system for environmental reporting. Those reporting to the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) can use the system to provide data in response to Section 71 Notices and calls for voluntary data. More information regarding the CMP and these Notices can be found on the Chemicals Management Plan webspage.

The reporter can login to Single Window using either SecureKey Concierge or a Government of Canada GCKey. For more information about these login options, please consult:

After logging into Single Window, the reporter arrives in the Single Window Information Manager (SWIM). The SWIM facilitates centralized management of information about organizations, facilities and contacts reporting via Single Window, in order for this information to be entered only once for all reporting. This reduces the reporting burden associated with re-entering this information for each program or report. Using SWIM, the organization administrator can also manage the system permissions of Single Window users within their organization.

Through SWIM, the reporter requests access to the program(s) to which they will be reporting. In the case of those reporting to CMP, a new organization in SWIM needs to Request Access to the “Single Window Information Manager” under the list of programs.

For guidance in using SWIM, please refer to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window – A User’s Guide.

Once the reporter has their account properly set up in SWIM, they can click the SWIM “Home” link, and then the “Chemicals Management Plan” link will display on the Home page. Click the “Chemicals Management Plan” link to continue (see Figure 2-1).

Figure 2-1: Accessing reporting to the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP)

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Figure 2-1 displays a screenshot of the Single Window Information Manager home page. The link to Chemicals Management Plan can be found on this page.

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3. The Chemicals Management Plan Reporting Dashboard

Following the Chemicals Management Plan link from the SWIM Home page, the reporter arrives at the CMP Reporting Dashboard (see Figure 3-1). This page can be used to:

This page also provides links to corresponding Notices published in Canada Gazette and indicates the status of each form and most recent date and time the reporter last submitted each form.

Figure 3-1: The CMP Reporting Dashboard

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Figure 3-1 displays a screenshot of the CMP Reporting Dashboard page.

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4. Selecting an Organization, Initiative and Form

When the reporter has access to more than one organization in SWIM, they can select the organization for which to submit data using the “Company List” selection on the CMP reporting dashboard (see label 1 in Figure 3-1). To report for an organization not listed, the reporter must first ensure the organisation is listed in SWIM and they must be granted permission to report on behalf of the organisation. For details on adding or connecting to organisations in SWIM, refer to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window – A User’s Guide, “Tutorial 2: Connecting Your Profile to an Organization”.

Next, the reporter then selects the Initiative. All initiatives that can currently be reported on to the CMP via Single Window are listed (see label 2 in Figure 3-1).

The reporter then clicks the “Search” button and this will result in the dashboard listing all the associated form types for the particular initiative (see label 3 in Figure 3-1).

To start a new submission, the reporter should then click the “Edit” symbol to the right of the appropriate form on the CMP reporting dashboard (see label 4 in Figure 3-1).

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5. Submission Status

Table 5-1 lists the status per form that will list on the CMP Dashboard.

Table 5-1 CMP reporting dashboard status indicators
Status IconStatus or
progress indicator
Definition and Notes
 Blue page status symbol. Represents a submission that can be startedNewNew form. No information entered yet
 Orange hourglass status symbol. Represents a submission that has begun and where some required fields are not satisfied. Status progression bar. Associated with the orange hourglass status symbol where the numbers represent the number of sections completed out of the total number of sectionsIn Progress and progress indicator. If the reporter has not yet indicated all substances to report or has not yet answered any “Sections Applicable” questions, the progress indication will not be accurate.
 Purple page status symbol. Represents a form that is ready to submit.Ready to SubmitReady to Submit. A form may have this status even though the reporter has not finished entering data required or planned to submit. This status is an indication that the online tool has received the minimum required data to be technically submitted online, however the form can still be edited and the reporter is still responsible for ensuring the legal requirements have been met with what has been entered.
 Green checkmark status symbol. Represents a form that is completed and submitted.Submitted (04/02/2014 13:58:32)Submitted. The form was submitted (at the indicated date and time)

The Form status dictates what actions are available under the Action column:

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6. Navigating and Saving Within the Online Forms

6.1 Top menu

Home button. Top menu option that redirects to the CMP Dashboard 
“Home” navigates to the SWIM home page.

Help button. Top menu option that opens a page to the CMP How-to Guide 
“Help” opens an HTML version of this guide.

Ec.gc.ca button. Top Menu link that redirects to the Environment Canada Website.
This menu item opens the Environment and Climate Change Canada homepage.

Logout button. Top menu link that logs out the reporter. 
“Logout” logs the reporter out of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window and displays the “Login” page. The reporter is warned that any unsaved changes will be lost.

Help button. Button displayed where additional help is available on the page.
For some sections there may be additional “in-context help”. To view the help text applicable for that Section, click this Help icon located at the top right of the page.

6.2 Breadcrumbs

“Breadcrumbs” show the key selections the reporter followed to get to their current page and can be used to orient the reporter on the initiative, form and Section that they are viewing. These are found at the top of the page below the Top menu links. The reporter can use these breadcrumbs to also quickly navigate back to a previous step in the process by clicking one of the links. The following is an example:

SWIM > Test Organization > Polymers > Section 71 Notice > Identification

Clicking the SWIM breadcrumb will open a new browser window that may need to be expanded to view the full screen. Other breadcrumb links navigate in the same browser.

6.3 Left Menu

The left menu is context-specific and the links shown are those applicable to the specific Initiative, Form, section within the form, selected substance, and responses provided for the selected substance on a “Sections Applicable” page. To navigate through the forms, the reporter will select “Actions” and/or navigate via left menu links (see Figure 6-1).

Note: The left hand menu can sometimes be found above the page title and under the breadcrumbs in the circumstance where the browser screen is too small or zoomed in.

6.4 Navigating and Saving Buttons

To navigate within the forms, the reporter can use the buttons and links described in this section. Using the Browser “Forward” and “Back” buttons or keyboard shortcuts is not supported and may lead to unexpected behaviour in the system.

Save button. Used to save information on the online application Save to SWIM button. Available on the ID page where data may be saved to SWIM. 
After a page has been completed, the reporter must click “Save” in order to save the data into the submission. If any required fields have been left empty, or if invalid data has been provided, the system will not save the page. Instead, it will prompt the reporter to complete or correct those fields. Once the page has been updated, the reporter will need to click “Save” again.

If the reporter navigates away from these pages without clicking “Save”, their data will not be saved.

The “Save to SWIM” button is only present on the “Identification” page. The reporter can click this button to validate and save changes made on this page into the submission as well as to the Single Window Information Management (SWIM) “Organization” and/or “Contacts” sections.

Refresh from SWIM button. Available on the ID page where data may be updated from SWIM.
The “Refresh from SWIM” button is only present on the “Identification” page. Reporters click this button to update the Identification page with information from SWIM “Organization” and/or “Contacts” sections. The reporter needs to click the “Save” button in order to save the data into the submission.

Cancel button. Ok button Back button. Add button. Found where data may be added onto a submission from a support page
Supporting pages have either “Cancel” and “Ok” or “Back” and “+Add” buttons at the bottom. When the reporter can provide more than one value for a question on a main page (e.g., commercial and chemical codes, facilities, documents, etc.), a supporting page will allow the reporter to add as many values as required, one at a time.

From a main page, click the symbols to the right of the respective fields, when available, or “Edit” to display the supporting page. On the supporting page, click “Ok” or “+Add” to confirm the information entered in that page. This will return reporters to the main page, where they should see the added records in a table.

“Ok” and “+Add” buttons in supporting pages do not save the data into the submission. Instead, the reporter must click “Save” on each main page for the data to be saved into the submission.

Click “Cancel” or “Back” in supporting pages to return to the main page without additions or changes.

Arrow buttons. Found on the left of row entries. These can be clicked to display or hide additional information. 
Where available on certain pages, an arrow symbol can be found to the left of row entries. Click the displayed arrow symbol to change from collapsed view (left) to expanded view (right) where more information will be displayed about the row entry.

 Plus/minus buttons. Found on the left of headers. These can be clicked to display or hide additional information. 
Similarly, where available on certain pages, a plus/minus symbol can be found next to title headers in various sections. These are often used to temporarily hide a section of the page that would otherwise make it very long to scroll. To display more (+) or less (-) information under the specific title header, click the plus or minus symbol.

Before navigating to another page, the reporter must click “Save” each time additional data is provided in order to save the changes into the submission.

6.5 Progress Indicators Within the Forms

A progress indicator can be found on the left hand menu while navigating through a submission.

Figure 6-1: Section status indication in left hand menu

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Figure 6-1 is a screenshot showing the left menu that is present on each page.

If the reporter has provided at least one valid value for each required field the left hand menu’s symbol will change to a green checkmark (Green checkmark symbol. Seen under the reporting details when a section is completed.) and a validation message will be displayed at the top of the page, on a successful save. A default yellow exclamation mark (Yellow exclamation mark symbol. Seen under the reporting details when a section is not completed.) is displayed in the left hand menu for pages where data is not yet saved (see Figure 6-1).

The default status is “Incomplete”. When the reporter saves at least all data indicated as required, with no errors, the status will update to “Complete”. A Section may show as “Complete” even though the reporter has not finished entering data required by the Notice. The “complete” status indicates that from a technical standpoint the minimum required information for that Section to submit online has been completed. The reporter is still responsible for ensuring the requirements have been met with what has been entered.

6.6 The “Identification” Page

The “Identification” page (see Figure 6-2) is required in each form. This page is pre-populated with information about the organization from SWIM.

The reporter can click the “Contact” symbol to open a pop-up support page to select the appropriate contact people for the following roles:

  1. “Declarer”: The authority who declares that the information being submitted is accurate and complete.
  2. “Reporting Contact” name for CEPA Section 71 Notices: The individual whom Environment and Climate Change Canada can contact with questions of clarification.

Figure 6-2: The “Identification” page

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Figure 6-2 is a screenshot of the Identification Page.

Once the appropriate contact names have been selected, the remaining fields related to that individual are automatically pre-populated with information from SWIM.

If the required name is not found in the drop-down menu, the reporter can click “Home” to return to the SWIM to update the organization contact information. Refer to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window – A User’s Guide, “Tutorial 6: Managing Contacts” for more information.

Foreign reporting organizations can indicate an associated Canadian organization name. This data is specific to the submission as there is no associated SWIM field.

After completing the required fields, the reporter must click “Save”. If the reporter needs to update information about the organization, declarer or reporting contact, they have two options:

  1. Click “Home” to return to SWIM to update the information, then return to the “Identification” page, click “Refresh from SWIM” and “Save”; or
  2. Update the information on the Identification page directly, and then click “Save to SWIM” to save the updated information both in SWIM and into the submission.

6.7 The “Substances to Report” Page

On the “Substances to Report” page, for forms where it’s applicable, the reporter must click “Add Substance(s)” to search for each listed substance to report on, or must alternatively click “Add Custom Substance” in order to add a substance not listed in the S.71 Form (see Figure 6-3).

Figure 6-3: The “Substances to Report” page

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Figure 6-3 is a screenshot of the Substances to Report page.

6.7.1 The “Substance Selection” Page

To add a substance to report on, the reporter clicks “+Add Substance(s)” (see label 1 in Figure 6-3). In the “Substance Selection” supporting page (see Figure 6-4), the reporter enters either a Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CAS RN) or part of the substance name for a substance to report on (e.g. “Benzene” will return all substances with Benzene in the substance name). The search only returns substances reportable under that initiative and form.

Search results will display in a table below the “Search Criteria”. A substance that has already been selected will not appear in the search results table. The reporter selects applicable substances and indicates those for which the company’s involvement with the substance should be kept confidential. The reporter then clicks “Add+” to return to the main page and “Save” to save the substances into the submission.

Figure 6-4: The Substance Search and Search Results

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Figure 6-4  is a screenshot of the Substance Selection page.

6.7.2 The "Add Substances Not Found via Search” page

For select forms, if a substance is not found on the “Substance Selection” support page, a reporter can alternatively click “Add Custom Substance” (See Label 2 in Figure 6-3). The resulting “Add Substances Not Found via Search” support page displays three textboxes with the labels “CAS RN”, “Substance Name” and “Description” (See Figure 6-5). A reporter may enter data in one or more of these textboxes for any substance not listed in the select Initiative. From this support page, a reporter may also check the “Involvement confidential?” checkbox to indicate that the organization’s involvement with the substance is considered confidential.

The page will validate that at least one value has been entered into the textbox fields and that the CAS RN is in the right format, if provided.

The reporter may click “Back” or “+Add” to return to the main page, then click “Save” to save the substances into the submission.

Figure 6-5: Add Substances Not Found via Search

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Figure 6-5 is a screenshot of the Add Substances Not Found via Search page.

6.7.3 Enter More Data for a Selected Substance

To complete the submission for each substance, click “Add Data”, displayed as a pencil symbol (Pencil symbol. Can be clicked where available to edit or add data to a submission.), at the right of the selected substance, or click the arrow symbol next to it to either add data or delete the selected substance (see label 3 in Figure 6-3).

6.8 The “Sections Applicable” Page

The “Sections Applicable” page is found only in specific forms and initiatives – typically only for Section 71 Notice forms - when not all questions are applicable to all reporters. The questions on the page will be specific to that initiative and form. This page displays after the reporter has selected a substance to report on and clicked “+Add Data”, or the pencil symbol (Pencil symbol. Can be clicked where available to edit or add data to a submission.), from the “Substance to Report” page (see Figure 6-6).

The page will display questions for the reporter to answer in order to determine which sections of the Notice are required for the selected substance. The questions are found in the format of checkboxes that the reporter can check or uncheck. Based on the answers provided, each applicable Section will automatically be displayed in the left hand menu on a successful save for that specific substance.

If a Section is not applicable, it will not appear in the left hand menu and no action will be required from the reporter for those sections.

If the Section is applicable, the "Page Status" will show as "Incomplete" on the left hand menu. Complete the required information for the Section and click “Save”. Once completed, the reporter may proceed to other sections by clicking the left menu links. The applicable sections can be completed in any order, but the links follow the order of the Sections in the Notice.

Figure 6-6: Example of a “Sections Applicable” Page

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Figure 6-6 is a screenshot of the Sections Applicable page.

6.9 Adding the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code(s), Substance Function Code(s) and/or Consumer and Commercial Code(s)

When a NAICS, Substance Function or Consumer and Commercial code is required, click “+Add [Code]” (see Figure 6-7) This will display the supporting “Search for [Code]” page (see Figure 6-7). On this page, use the “Search” function to search for a code or keywords from the code title.

The Search function will return a Maximum of 50 records and these will display 10 at a time. If there are more records that meet the criteria, they will not be displayed, so the reporter will need to enter more refined search terms to narrow the search results.

Performing a blank search, i.e. simply leaving the search field blank and clicking the “Search” button, will only return the first 50 records.

A code that has already been selected will not appear in the Search results.

In the Search Results, check the applicable codes under the “Select” column and if the association of that code to the selected substance is confidential business information, check the corresponding checkbox for “Confidential?” Select “+Add” to add the code(s) to the submission.

The selected code(s) will be listed in the main page for the Section (see Figure 6-8).

To remove a code click the garbage can “Delete” symbol (Garbage can symbol. Can be clicked where available to delete and remove data in a submission.). The confidentiality may be changed, but the reporter must click “Save” on the main page following any changes.

Figure 6-7: Main page following NAICS Search and Search Results selection

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Figure 6-7  is a screenshot of the North American Industry Classification System code(s) table on a Section page.

Figure 6-8: NAICS Search and Search Results supporting page

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Figure 6-8 is a screenshot of the Search for NAICS Code(s) page.

In some forms or for some codes, more information may be required per code entered. In these cases, the system will prompt the reporter for that additional information when “Save” is clicked.

Clicking “Edit” or the pencil symbol (Pencil symbol. Can be clicked where available to edit or add data to a submission.) will open a supporting page that will allow reporters to enter or change any additional information for each code. Refer to Section 6.4 for more information on navigating and saving on supporting pages.

Figure 6-9: Selected Consumer and Commercial Code showing on the main page

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Figure 6-9  is a screenshot of the Consumer and Commercial Code(s) table on a Section page.

6.10 Uploading Documents

Some initiatives and forms request or require documents to be supplied as part of the submission. These can be uploaded into the online forms. In particular, additional information can be provided in most Declaration of Stakeholder Interest forms by uploading documents.

Click “+ Add Document” in order to upload a document, where applicable. In the supporting page that opens, click the paperclip symbol (Paperclip symbol. Can be clicked where available to upload a document on a support page.) to open the file upload support page (see Figure 6-10). Select “Browse” to locate the document.

Figure 6-10: Adding a document to a submission

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Figure 6-10  is a screenshot of the “Browse and select document to upload” screen.

The following document types are generally supported: Word (doc, docx), Excel (xls, xlsx) and PDF. Some document upload pages may support more or fewer extensions. If the file size is more than 10 MB or is a document type that is not supported, the document(s) should instead be mailed or emailed (refer to the  “How to Contact Us ”  part of this guide); however the rest of the submission can be done online. In these cases where the required document cannot be provided via the online tool, instead upload a short document that explains how the information is being provided.

6.11 Providing Substance Data via a Section 71 Excel Reporting Template

For some initiatives data must be or may be provided via an MS Excel file following the specified reporting template for all or part of the data to submit. In general, these templates can then be submitted online. When both options are available, i.e. online forms vs Excel report template, it is highly recommended to use the online forms which validate data entered when saved and prompt for missing information or to correct errors in the information reported.

For step-by-step instructions in using each Excel Reporting Form, refer to the first sheet “Instructions” respective to the initiative’s reporting form template.

6.12 The “Confidentiality Justification” Page

The Confidentiality Justification page is new in forms reporting to the CMP and applies primarily to Section 71 Notices (see Figure 6-11).

On this page, the reporter is asked for permission to disclosure confidential data to the United States Protection Agency and separately asked to provide justification for data indicated in the form as confidential for the selected substance. Select all applicable justification statements that apply.

Figure 6-11: The “Confidentiality Justification” page

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Figure 6-11 is a screenshot of the Confidentiality Justification page.

6.13 The “Declaration” Page

The “Declaration” page is part of each form (see Figure 6-12). This page is pre-populated with the “Declarer” contact that was selected on the “Identification” page. Depending on the initiative and form, the sections “Request for Confidentiality” and “Submission Comments” may not be displayed.

Figure 6-12: The “Declaration” page

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Figure 6-12 is a screenshot of the Declaration page.

If the reporter has indicated any of the substances or documents as confidential within the Stakeholder Interest form, the checkbox “Pursuant to section 313 of the CEPA, I request that all or parts of the information that I am submitting be treated as confidential, as indicated.” will be checked. Otherwise, the system will automatically check the “I do not request that the information that I am submitting be treated as confidential and I consent to it being released without restriction.” checkbox.

Submission comments and additional notes on confidentiality, when applicable, can be entered on this page.

The reporter must check the "I declare that the information that I am submitting is accurate and complete." checkbox before saving the page or submitting the form.

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7. Editing, Deleting and Generating a Report

The reporter does not have to complete a full submission form in one session. At any time the reporter can save changes and logout. After logging back in, the reporter can either click the “Edit” symbol or choose “Edit” from the drop-down menu under “Actions” on the CMP reporting dashboard (see Figure 7-1) and continue entering information into the submission forms. Clicking “Edit” will always open the selected form to the “Identification” page.

Figure 7-1: “Actions” menu items

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Figure 7-1  is a screenshot of the Actions menu and the Edit symbol to the left of it. The actions depicted in this screenshot are Edit and Delete.

Any form that is not yet submitted can be deleted by selecting the “Delete” option from the drop-down menu (see Figure 7-1). A warning will prompt the reporter to confirm that the submission and all its contents will be deleted. When a form is deleted, all the saved information is deleted and cannot be retrieved. When the deletion is completed, the form can be restarted by clicking the “Edit” symbol under “Actions” on the CMP reporting dashboard.

At any time, the reporter can view or print the submission by choosing “Generate Report” from the drop-down menu on the CMP reporting dashboard.

After choosing “Generate Report”, the “Report / Print View” page opens. While on the “Report / Print View” page, the reporter can export the report as a PDF file which can be saved as a record of what has been submitted to the CMP.

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8. Submitting a Submission

The submission must be electronically submitted to transmit the data to the Chemicals Management Plan. The reporter can submit the submission by selecting the form and then either clicking the “Submit” symbol (if displayed) or choosing “Submit” from the “Actions” drop-down menu on the CMP reporting dashboard (see Figure 8-1). Note that the “Submit” symbol is only available when the status of a form is “Ready to Submit”.

Figure 8-1: The “Submit” menu item under “Actions”

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Figure 8-1 is a screenshot that displays how to submit a submission. The Submit item is selected under the Actions drop-down menu. The Edit symbol is also visible to the left of Actions.

If the “Submit” option is not displayed under “Actions”, it is because there are still pages that are not fully completed. The reporter must correct any errors and/or fill out all the information so that all pages (“Identification”, “Substances to Report On”, all applicable Section pages for each substance reported, and the “Declaration”) have their status set to “Complete”. Then they can return to the CMP reporting dashboard to submit the submission.

After choosing “Submit”, the declaration page will re-display so that the reporter can review and confirm. The reporter then must click “Submit” again to confirm. An information pop-up page will let the reporter know that the report was successfully submitted and the system will send an email to confirm that the submission was received (see an example in Figure 8-2). If a reporter does not receive this email (i.e. system-generated emails are sometimes blocked by corporate email servers), it is still possible to confirm the status for any submission on the CMP Reporting Dashboard for that company and initiative.

For all form types, the reporter is not required to print, sign and send in a paper copy when submitting online. The reporter must simply click “Submit”, and print a copy for their records, if applicable.

Figure 8-2: Submission confirmation email

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Figure 8-2 shows an example of a confirmation email that the reporter receives after submitting their submission.

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9. Changing or deleting a form after it’s been submitted

Once a submission has been submitted, it can still be changed if required by selecting the appropriate submission on the CMP Reporting Dashboard and clicking the “Amend” option or pencil symbol (Pencil symbol. Can be clicked where available to edit or add data to a submission.).

Any form that has already been submitted can also be deleted, but must first be un-submitted by clicking “Amend” under the Actions menu. Once this is done, the reporter must follow the same process to delete as if the data had not been submitted.

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10. How to Contact Us

If more assistance is required, please contact us at:

Address:
Substances Management Coordinator
Chemicals Management Plan
351 Saint Joseph Boulevard, 6th Floor
Gatineau QC K1A OH3 (for courier use J8Y 3Z5)

Telephone:
819-938-3232

Toll Free:
1-800-567-1999 (in Canada only)

Facsimile:
819-938-5212

Email:
ec.substances.ec@canada.ca


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