CEPA Review

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) is the backbone of Canadian environmental legislation. The mandatory five-year review of CEPA is an opportunity to modernize this law and address key issues of concern to Canadians. CELA is concerned that the regulation of toxic substances under CEPA is too slow, lacks accountability, and even for those substances regulated under this law, is ineffective. The second review of CEPA occurred during 2006 when two federal standing committees, in the Senate and the House, conducted parallel reviews In March of 2016, the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development began its review.

This collection aggregates CELA's submissions and media releases concerning ongoing steps in implementing CEPA and proposals for improving this law. For information about the first review of CEPA, see: Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (First CEPA Review)

Title:Submission: Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Regulatory Cooperation Forum
Resource Type:Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:7
Date authored:April 11, 2018
Publication number:1187
Author/s:Jacqueline Wilson and Muhannad Malas
Author Organization:CELA and Environmental Defence
Title:Re: 2016 CEPA Review – CELA Response to Environment and Climate Change Canada November 2016 Document Answering Questions on CEPA from Standing Committee
Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:5
Date authored:April 10, 2017
Author/s:Joseph F. Castrilli and Fe de Leon
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:Scientific Justification to Address Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs): A Roadmap for Action

A Submission to the 2016-2017 Parliamentary Review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)

Resource Type:Report, Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:23
Date authored:April 7, 2017
Author/s:Fe de Leon, Meg Sears, James Brophy, Margaret Keith, Tom Muir, Michael Gilbertson, Anne Rochon Ford
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association and Prevent Cancer Now
Title:2016 CEPA Review – CELA Comment on Letter by Dr. Dayna Scott, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University to Standing Committee on August 3, 2016
Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:10
Date authored:August 24, 2016
Author/s:Joeseph F. Castrilli and Fe de Leon
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:2016 CEPA Review – CELA Supplementary Submissions – Alternatives Assessment

Supplementary Submissions to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development arising from CELA testimony before the committee on May 19, 2016 on the issue of alternatives

Resource Type:Letter, Response to Consultation
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# of Pages:18
Date authored:July 7, 2016
Author/s:Joeseph F. Castrilli and Fe de Leon
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:2016 CEPA Review – CELA Response to Dow Chemical Evidence Before Standing Committee – June 14, 2016
Resource Type:Letter, Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:3
Date authored:June 29, 2016
Author/s:Joeseph F. Castrilli and Fe de Leon
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association
Title:2016 CEPA Review – CELA Response to Questions Posed by Committee Members at the May 19, 2016 Hearing and Related Matters

Supplementary submissions to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development arising from CELA testimony before the committee on May 19, 2016 on issues of:

  • environmental justice
  • assessment triggers and existing substances, and other matters of interest or concern under CEPA, including:
  • new substances
  • clarifying and improving NPRI information-gathering authority
  • risk assessment vs. hazard assessment
  • requiring substitution of non-chemical alternatives as support for pollution prevention
  • improving risk management measures for products, and
  • improving the role of the public in CEPA enforcement 
Resource Type:Letter, Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:19
Date authored:June 16, 2016
Author/s:Joeseph F. Castrilli and Fe de Leon
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association

May 02 2007

House environment committee recommends federal pollution law reforms

Mar 15 2007

Données sur la pollution et les émissions de gaz à effet de serre les plus récentes pour l’année 2005

Mar 15 2007

Canada’s Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Highlights for 2005
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