Environment and Climate Change Canada publishes Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019

March 25, 2019 Canada NCASI Updates

The Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019 (the final Regulations) repeal and replace the Environmental Emergency Regulations (the old Regulations), and they come into force 180 days following their registration. The final Regulations were registered on February 25, 2019, and will therefore come into force on August 25, 2019.

The objective of the final Regulations is to further enhance environmental emergency management in Canada. For instance, improved environmental emergency management has been introduced through the addition of hazardous substances to Schedule 1 of the Regulations. This addition requires reporting on these substances, environmental emergency planning for higher-risk facilities, and reporting of environmental emergencies involving these substances.

NCASI Strategic Information Memorandum No. 19-001 summarizes the main changes relative to the old Regulations.