Environment Canada and other federal departments have responded to the need for mercury management by developing many diverse policy and program initiatives. The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999) is the primary example of Canadian legislation that has clearly identified the risks of toxics in the environment. The focus of this Act is pollution prevention and the protection of the environment and human health in order to contribute to sustainable development. CEPA, 1999 includes a section devoted entirely to controlling toxic substances. Research on the nature of mercury and the impact its compounds have on the environment must continue in order to develop policies and legislation that reflect their presence in and effect on the environment.
Use the links below to find out about Canadian mercury legislation and guidelines of interest. Visit the Canadian Programs and Research page to find out about Canadian non-regulatory instruments.
- The Chlor-alkali Mercury Release Regulations
- Disposal at Sea
- Environmental Emergency Regulations
- Export and Import of Hazardous Wastes Regulations
- Export Control List Notification Regulations
- The List of Hazardous Waste Authorities
- The List of Toxic Substances Authorities
- The National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI)
- Substances and Activities New to Canada
- Pollution Prevention Planning in respect of Mercury Releases from Mercury Switches in End-of-life Vehicles Processed by Steel Mills
- Proposed Regulation of Mercury-containing Products in Canada
- Pollution Prevention Plan in respect of Mercury Releases from Dental Amalgam Waste
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