Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

April 07, 2009 17:33 ET

CCPA Reaction to Ontario Toxics Legislation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 7, 2009) - Canada's Chemical Producers do not oppose toxics legislation in Ontario. The Canadian Chemical Producers' Association (CCPA) is on record supporting Ontario's desire to protect the health of Ontarians through regulation requiring risk reduction plans for substances that are identified by a credible process that pose a risk to health or the environment.

CCPA is opposed to the approach proposed in the legislation tabled by Minister Gerretsen today. CCPA has met with Ontario Government officials to discuss how the Federal Government identifies such substances through its risk assessments in its Chemicals Management Plan under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) when it adds substances to CEPA Schedule 1. The federal risk assessment process is well respected, well resourced, costly (costs Ontario should not try to duplicate), and a global leader. We are very disappointed that Ontario is not working with the Federal government as CCPA and industry generally have recommended.

"Ontario had an opportunity to introduce legislation that would have protected its citizens while taking advantage of federal government spending in this area," said Richard Paton, President and CEO of the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association. "Instead, they have added significant cost to industry at a very bad time," he added.

The Ontario Toxics Reduction Act should be designed for substances in Ontario that are listed on CEPA Schedule 1. Then, Ontario's actions in this area would complement the actions taken by the Federal Government's Chemicals Management Plan. In this way, we would have regulatory coherence instead of duplication. Ontario would leverage the efforts of the Federal Government and would apply its requirements for planning reductions to the right substances - those that have been shown to actually pose a risk.

It is vital to Ontario's economy that the provincial government avoids placing undue burdens on industry, especially when another government is already regulating. Ontario will face a continuing challenge to maintain a strong and competitive economy following the recession. To compete in the highly competitive global arena, Ontario needs to build on the positive tax changes it recently announced in the Budget by reforming its regulatory structures and processes so that we can achieve economic, environmental and health objectives. Regulatory costs are a significant burden to industry and can create enormous uncertainty for companies which can undermine investments.

CCPA is disappointed that Ontario officials have not taken advantage of the Federal Chemicals Management Plan, but hope to work with Ontario in the future to avoid the enormous costs of regulatory duplication.

CCPA is the principal voice of the Canadian industrial chemistry value chain. Canada's basic chemicals and resins industry generates $27 billion annually, and is Ontario's third largest exporter.

Contact Information

  • CCPA
    Julien Lavoie
    Public Affairs
    613-237-6215 x 239
    Michael Bourque
    Public Affairs