EC-1: Modernization of the Canadian Notice and Movement Tracking System

1. Initiative

In response to Recommendation EC-1 of the Red Tape Reduction Commission, Environment Canada (EC) is developing a system to allow importers and exporters to use electronic information exchange as a first step toward a complete on-line notification and tracking system for the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes and recyclable materials.

2. How will red tape be reduced?

Red Tape will be reduced as the on-line application and tracking system will reduce the amount of paper and number of transactions with respect to the import, export and transit of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material.

3. Who benefits and how?

Businesses will benefit in several ways:

  1. through the on-line system, they will save time in filling-in and submitting applications for permits (notifications);
  2. their ability to track the progress of their permit application will be enhanced;
  3. more efficient issuance of permits (notifications);
  4. time saved in the submission of movement documents; and
  5. cost savings from faxing and mailing documents.

Governments will benefit by:

  1. enhancing the ability to process notifications;
  2. efficiencies in the issuance of permits;
  3. enhancing compliance verification and more timely enforcement actions; and
  4. reducing manual and paper processes at the border and elsewhere, which will reduce administrative costs (costs of documents, costs of consultation with other authorities).

Environment Canada issues on average 2,300 permits (notifications) and processes documentation covering approximately 38,000 movements annually. Assuming that businesses save on average approximately 10 -15 minutes per document, the Treasury Board Regulatory Cost Calculator estimates annual savings to industry would be in the order of $320K to $475K.

4. Who are the participating departments?

Lead: Environment Canada, supporting: Canada Border Service Agency

Other authorities: United States Environmental Protection Agency, provincial ministries of environment

5. What are the implementation milestones?

2015: Electronic notifications component of the Canadian Notice and Movement Tracking System (CNMTS) implemented

2016: Movement documents component of the CNMTS implemented

6. What are the performance indicators?

With the implementation of an electronic notification and tracking system, an improvement in internal service delivery timelines for the processing, review and issuance of permits is anticipated as compared to the timelines required for the current paper based system. Baseline indicators will be set in the first year of implementation for each phase (i.e., notification and movement tracking) and targets will be developed for subsequent years using the baseline data.

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