Canada – Provides Chemicals Assessment Update to EEE Industry

During an annual joint Government/EEE Sector WG meeting held on Thursday, November 15, 2018, Environment and Climate Change Canada provided an update on chemical assessments and regulatory developments.  The update includes:

  • A general update on the Chemical Management Plan (CMP)
  • Chemicals Management Plan: post 2020
  • Update on Flame Retardants
  • Phthalates
  • Update on Mercury Regulations
  • Mercury Lamps: National Strategy
  • Basel Technical Guidelines for E-Waste
  • Zero Plastic Waste Strategy
  • Cyanides, and
  • Formaldehyde

Most of presentations were updates on the strategies and risk assessment activities currently underway.

In October, Environment Canada published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to amend The Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 (PCTSR) to further restrict five groups of substances: HBCD, PBDEs, PFOS, PFOA, LC-PFCA and to potentially prohibit DP and DBDPE (pending the outcome of a final screening assessment).

On the topic of phthalate substances, Environment Canada indicated that the risk assessment is expected in mid-2019 and they are not able to provide at this time any insight on whether restrictions might be implemented.

Environment Canada is implementing changes to the Mercury restrictions to align with the Minimata convention and restrictions in other jurisdictions. The consultation document on the changes was published last February. Environment Canada expects to publish the new regulation in 2020 with a 1-year delay in implementation.  They indicated that an exemption is planned for replacement parts.