ECCC and HC held a Chemicals Management Plan @Gary LeRoux, CPCA’s President & CEO gave an in-depth overview of the Canadian regulatory landscape and its many complexities. From provincial and federal mandates for product stewardship and the expanding lens of regulatory assessment to the need for greater alignment between Canada and the US, to a brief overview of CPCA’s new, comprehensive Canada CoatingsHUB. Stay tuned for more information on an upcoming summer webinar on how to use the HUB.
Multi-Stakeholder Workshop in Ottawa on May 24th, 2019. The agenda included presentations and discussion on the:
The Canadian plastics industry is worth $35B and up to 90% of plastic waste generated in Canada is landfilled or incinerated, with only 9% being recycled. 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 work with industry towards:
On November 23, 2018, under the auspices of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME), Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Environment Ministers launched a Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste. The strategy includes wide reduction of municipal solid waste (30% by 2030 and 50% by 2040) and identifies 10 Results Areas for priority action which includes:
The Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste, to be approved in June 2019 and then released by CCME, is being developed in two phases. The first phase will focus on the first five Results Areas for priority above.
Below Government’s vision is to create a pan-Canadian plastics science agenda
After the action plan is released, ECCC will engage with partners and key stakeholders during the implementation phase of CaPSA on how to increase momentum and enhance collaboration as well as to mobilize knowledge to inform decision-making. The follow activities are planned:
In the Fall of 2018, FPT jurisdictional members of the Committee of 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. The key benefits identified and supported by the respondents were:
Potential opportunities to enhance worker protection were laid out as follows:
The reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development was submitted to the Parliament of Canada in Fall 2018, which found that:
The report recommended that ECCC/HC set out a long term, systematic approach to evaluate 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 RM actions continue to meet their objectives over time:
Systematic – Approach to be applied in a transparent and consistent manner as follows:
Each step will be informed by establishing data needs, conducting data gathering/ generation and outreach/consultations as per below:
The government recognized 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 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 by the government.
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.