The international situation on industrial chemicals is mirrored in Canada where the federal government is playing regulatory whack-a-mole with some of the most dangerous chemicals on the planet and proposed government amendments to the country’s primary law for controlling the risks these substances pose to human health and the environment may perpetuate, not stop the problem. That is the overall conclusion of CELA’s analysis of national pollution data when compared to proposed government amendments to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) found in Bill S-5 now being considered in the Senate of Canada.
CELA Counsel Joseph Castrilli explains the amendments that are needed to Bill S-5, An Act to Amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
CELA urges the Government of Canada to adopt amendments to strengthen Bill S-5, the first major bill in Parliament in over two decades that addresses the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, Canada’s cornerstone legislation on human health and the environment.
Canada’s federal budget for 2022 will be released this spring and has major implications for environmental social justice issues. This blog outlines environmental social justice issues that urgently need federal funding and attention.
CEPA is Canada’s primary law for protecting human health and the environment. Yet Bill C-28, containing the first major amendments to CEPA in over 20 years, seeks to fix things in the Act that are not broken, and fails to correct things in the Act that are not working. The Canadian public should not have to wait another 20 years to fix in 2040 what is already long overdue for reform today.
CELA has prepared a letter and submission to the Ministers of Environment and Climate Change, and Health on Bill C-28, An Act to Amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.