Final Deadline for Canada’s Inventory Update is Approaching

15 March, 2017

What’s Happening?

On January 14, 2017, the Government of Canada published a mandatory survey seeking commercial status in Canada for approximately 1,500 substances. The information that the Government of Canada will collect from this survey will be used to inform priority setting, risk assessment and risk.

The final deadline to submit information for Canada’s Inventory Update is July 17, 2017 by 3PM.

How Could it Impact Me?

The Inventory Update identifies 1,500 substances manufactured or imported into Canada between 2014 and 2015. All manufacturers or importers who have imported more than 100 kg of a substance identified in the notice must submit information in their possession or to which they may be reasonably expected to have access to.

Furthermore, please note that information must be submitted using the online reporting system via Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window by July 17, 2017.

Quick Summary

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (the Act) is one of the primary tools used to prevent and reduce threats posed to Canadians and the Canadian environment by substances used or released by our society.

The Act provides for the assessment and management of substances that can enter into the Canadian environment. It ensures the protection of the environment and the health of Canadians from exposure to "toxic" substances. Toxic is defined as a substance that enters or may enter the environment in amounts or under conditions that may pose a risk to human health, the environment or its biological diversity, or to the environment that supports life.

Risk managers within the Government of Canada use the information gathered in these surveys to identify, prioritize, and assess the potential risks resulting from these substances.

Contact Us

Critical Path Services can help you determine what your company’s vulnerabilities and obligations are under the WHMIS 2015 and assist you in authoring your SDS and labels. We can also provide your company with periodic updates and assist you in positioning your company to address future regulatory requirements. Critical Path Services can provide representatives of your company with a free consultation to talk you through the major changes enacted by the new law and how these changes could affect your business.

Elizabeth Dederick
+1-610-558-3001, Extension 102

Dan Bastien

References and Related Documents

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
The 2017 Inventory Update publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I
List of substances included in the 2017 Inventory Update
Guidance for responding to the 2017 Inventory Update 
Online Reporting System

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