This consultation was open from:
December 6, 2018
to January 20, 2019
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.
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.
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know about toxic substances while also proposing to reduce burden on industry, until the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 is repealed.
Reducing red tape
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