Repeal the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and all associated regulations by December 31, 2021

ERO number
Notice type
Toxics Reduction Act, 2009
Posted by
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Notice stage
Proposal posted
Comment period
December 6, 2018 - January 20, 2019 (45 days) Closed

This consultation was open from:

December 6, 2018
to January 20, 2019

Proposal summary

We propose to repeal the Toxics Reduction Act on December 31, 2021. This will remove unnecessary duplication with the federal program and reduce burden for industry by not having to comply with duplicative programs.

Proposal details

Description of act

As part of Ontario’s proposal to reduce regulatory burden, we propose to repeal the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and its regulations on December 31, 2021.

By 2021, all Ontario toxic substances will covered by the federal Chemicals Management Plan. At this time, Ontario proposes to repeal the Toxics Reduction Act and will defer to the federal government’s comprehensive program.

Purpose of act

Ontario’s toxic reduction Act

The purpose of the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 is to:

  • Prevent pollution by reducing the use and creation of toxic substances.
  • Inform Ontarians about those substances.

Industry is required to develop toxic reduction plans, and report publicly each year. Implementation of plans is voluntary.

The Toxics Reduction Program has not achieved meaningful reductions. Preliminary results indicate an overall reduction of 0.04% of substances used, created and released for all regulated facilities.

Proposed changes

Both Ontario and the federal governments require industry to take action on similar toxic substances:

  • The Ontario Toxics Reduction Program requires industry to report publicly on their use of toxic substances, and identify options to reduce those substances through toxic reduction plans.
  • The federal Chemicals Management Plan requires industry to reduce the use and/or release of certain toxic substances. The federal approach is more comprehensive than the existing provincial program.

This proposal cuts red tape and reduces regulatory burden for businesses. Addressing duplication and overlap associated with the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 was a theme during the Red Tape Challenge sector consultations.

Other program changes

We are proposing other program changes to maintain Ontarian’s right to know about toxic substances while also proposing to reduce burden on industry, until the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 is repealed.

Read about and comment on the additional proposed changes

Reducing red tape

Read more about Ontario’s proposal to reduce regulatory burden.

Supporting materials

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Get in touch with the office listed below to find out if materials are available.

Toxics Reduction Program

40 St. Clair Avenue West
4th floor
Toronto ON M4V 1M2

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The comment period was from December 6, 2018
to January 20, 2019

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