ECCC and HC held a Chemicals Management Plan Multi Stakeholder Workshop (MSW) in Ottawa on May 24th, 2019. The agenda included presentations and discussion on the:
The plastics industry is worth $35B in Canada. Up to 90% of plastic waste generated in Canada is landfilled or incinerated, only 9% is recycled, and 1% is lost to the environment. Only 20-25% of plastic packaging is diverted. In 2016, Canada leaked 29,000 tonnes of plastic waste into the environment.
At the G7 Leaders Summit in Charlevoix in June 2018, commitments were made to:
1.1. The CCME Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste
On November 23, 2018, under the auspices of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME), Federal, Provincial and Territorial Environment Ministers launched a Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste.
The strategy includes a wide reduction of municipal solid waste (30% by 2030 and 50% by 2040). It also identifies 10 Results Areas for priority action which includes:
1-Product design, 2-single-use plastics, 3-collection systems, 4-secondary markets, 5-recycling capacity, 6-consumer awareness, 7-research & monitoring, 8clean-up, 9-aquatic activities, 10- global action.
The Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste (to be decided in June 2019 and released by CCME) is being developed in two phases. The first phase focuses on the first five (5) Results Areas above.
1.2. CaPSA Roadmap – Government’s vision is to create a pan-Canadian plastics science agenda.
Its Implementation is planned for Fall 2019+. After the draft release, ECCC will continue to engage with partners and key stakeholders during the implementation phase of CaPSA on how to:
o Increase momentum on CaPSA and enhance collaboration
o Mobilize knowledge to inform decision-making
Activity #1: Mapping existing assets
Activity #2: Small-group discussions – knowledge generation, mobilization and collaboration
In the Fall of 2018, as part of this initiative, FPT jurisdictional members of the Committee of Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Coordinators (CWC) were surveyed to identify potential opportunities to leverage the expertise and data accumulated on hazardous substances used in Canadian commerce through the CMP to benefit worker health and safety.
Key benefits identified by the respondents include supporting the jurisdictions in their:
It would also help support jurisdictions in:
Potential opportunities to enhance worker protection
The reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development was submitted to the Parliament of Canada in Fall 2018, which found that:
1) ECCC did not base most of its enforcement priorities on risks to human health and the environment and had not fully addressed selected recommendations found in our previous audits
2) ECCC and HC had not completed work to assess whether they were meeting their overall objectives to reduce the risks of toxic substances to human health and the environment)
3) Information for the public was often unclear and difficult to find
The report recommended that ECCC and HC set out a long term, systematic approach to evaluating the effectiveness of actions to control toxic substances including setting measurable objectives, monitoring achievement of those objectives and setting timelines for completion.
ECCC’s response was to develop a strategy for performance measurement of risk management actions, which will:
Why a “long-term’’ and “systematic’’ Approach for Performance Measurement?
Long-term: To ensure risk management actions continue to meet their objectives over time
Systematic: Approach to be applied in a transparent and consistent manner
Other key principles for Performance Measurement: Robust data, Transparency, Adaptability
Each step will be informed by establishing data needs, conducting data gathering/generation and outreach/consultations:
There are data challenges (lack of availability, representativeness, data incompatibility or inconsistencies, timing) and logistical challenges (resource requirements for data generation e.g., financial and human resources, as well as time, tools to connect and analyze large, multi-source data sets and sampling and monitoring challenges).
In addition to measuring the performance of past actions on Toxics, the Program will also:
Follow up Actions: Where performance evaluation shows objectives are not adequately being met, or where the linkage between actions and outcomes are not clear, a range of follow up activities could be considered:
Member Action Required: The more detailed presentation decks are available from CPCA or can be downloaded from the CoatingsHUB. We expect that minutes of this stakeholder meeting will be published shortly. Please share any comments or questions that you may have with CPCA.