Bilateral trade in goods between Canada and the United States amounts to over $2 billion every day. One in seven Canadian jobs is linked to exports to the US and eleven million jobs in the US are supported by trade with Canada. To further enhance the integration between the two economies, both countries created the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) in 2011 and renewed in 2018. The RCC is an initiative between both federal governments aimed at pursuing greater alignment in regulation, increasing mutual recognition of regulatory practices and establishing smarter, more effective and less burdensome regulations in specific sectors. The chemical sector is one of the more heavily regulated sectors and is part of the RCC workplan for the alignment of chemicals crossing the border. Efforts continue to increase harmonization on key issues for the coatings sector and CPCA continues to engage with its key partner in the US, the American Coatings Association.
Issues Tracking, Regulatory Updates & Canada Coatings HUB Resources
In 2011 Canada and the United States signed a Regulatory Cooperation Agreement with the objective of securing greater regulatory alignment between our two countries. This included senior government officials on both sides of the border overseeing the development of specific work plans that would focus on getting specific alignment on various issues. While there has been a lot of activity there has not been robust alignment as policies and legislation in each country is different. For example, on chemicals management Canada is way ahead of the U.S. and now in the final stages of assessing 1540 chemicals in the ‘third’ phase of the CMP, while the U.S. has just approved a renewed TSCA with a focus on assessing 10 chemicals over the next five years. In some ways TSCA has benefited from the CMP as they have learned from the process in developing their own chemicals management approach. The reverse is true for registered antimicrobials as the US-EPA takes a different approach to the evaluation of biocides from that of Canada’s PMRA. This has led to the ban of certain biocides used as in-can preservatives and use restrictions for others in Canada, while that is not the case in the United States. This is an untenable situation, which could have severely negative repercussions for coatings formulations in Canada. The end result could removal of water-based paint products on store shelves in Canada, while they continue to be sold in the United States.
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