Canada’s most important environmental law needs a makeover

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Take action now.

Call on Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson to keep the federal government’s promise to reform CEPA.

Please send your letter today.

#ReformCEPA #ActionOnToxics


The Honourable
Government of Canada

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We all want harmful chemicals out of our food, our bodies, our environment, and the products we use every day.

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) is Canada’s cornerstone environmental law. It keeps us safe from toxic substances and regulates the release of pollution and the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products – a primary source of Canadians’ daily exposure to toxics.

But it’s been nearly 20 years since this law was last updated, and it is showing its age. Even as Canadians become increasingly exposed to toxic chemicals in our everyday lives, the law has remained stagnant.

We need a 21st-century law to safeguard us, our families, and our communities from 21st-century threats.


That means a law that:

- Recognizes our right to a healthy environment and defends Canada’s most vulnerable populations

- Bans dangerous chemicals that pose a risk to human health or the environment

- Ensures harmful chemicals are substituted with safer alternatives

- Mandates faster, more efficient regulatory timelines

- Reduces our exposure to pollution and toxic chemicals

- Meaningfully informs and engages the public in decision-making on important environmental concerns

There is no time to lose.
That’s where you come in.

During its previous mandate, the federal government conducted an extensive review of CEPA and committed to updating the law “as soon as possible in a future parliament”.

That’s now. If the federal government is going to keep its promise and update CEPA before the clock runs out on its current mandate, it must introduce amendments to the law by October 2020 – just few months away.

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