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Discussion paper - Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999: En4-308/2016E-PDF

issues & possible approaches /

“The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) is an important federal law aimed at preventing pollution and protecting the environment and human health. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change (ECC) is responsible for administering most of CEPA. Some provisions are jointly administered with the Minister of Health. Despite being a fundamentally sound and well-structured Act, there are numerous issues with CEPA that need to be addressed. These have been identified by ECCC and Health Canada in the course of implementing CEPA for sixteen years. The list of issues has been informed by the development and delivery of programs, discussions and work with other governments and Indigenous Peoples, recommendations from the Parliamentary committees that reviewed the Act in 2007 and 2008, and ideas generated through public consultations held in 2004 and 2005 and through ongoing interactions with stakeholders. Of the various issues associated with CEPA, this Discussion Paper identifies those issues that are important and meaningful to our partners and stakeholders, and provides possible approaches to address them. The issues noted in this paper are wide ranging – both in subject matter and in scope – reflecting the nature of CEPA itself and its programs. However, they are individually and collectively important to consider in ensuring a strong legislative basis for delivering existing programs and for addressing new priorities related to the protection of the environment and human health”--Introd., p. 4-5.

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Title Discussion paper - Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
Subtitle issues & possible approaches /
Publication Type Monograph
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
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Note Issued also in French under title: Document de discussion - Loi canadienne sur la protection de l’environnement (1999) : questions et approches possibles. "May, 2016." Includes letter of submission to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, House of Commons.
Date 2016.
Number of Pages 2, 38 p.
Catalogue Number
  • En4-308/2016E-PDF
Subject Terms Environmental protection, Health protection, Pollution prevention, Legislation