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Federal Laws and Programs

In Canada, municipal, provincial, territorial and federal governments all play a role in managing chemical substances.

The Government of Canada has many laws and programs dedicated to protecting human health and the natural environment from chemical risks. Its primary legal tool for assessing and managing chemical substances in the environment is the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999), jointly administered by Environment Canada and Health Canada.

This page has links to information on a range of topics relating to the Government of Canada's management of chemical substances in Canada:

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

These sites contain technical information on CEPA 1999.

Fact Sheets on the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

These fact sheets provide general information on various aspects of CEPA 1999.

Government of Canada CEPA 1999 Program Sites and Publications

The following links go to information published by key groups involved in administering CEPA 1999.

Risk Assessment of Chemical Substances under CEPA 1999

The sites below provide information on the scientific evaluation of chemical substances under CEPA 1999. Information can also be accessed through the Assessing Chemical Substances section of this Web site.

Human Health Risk Assessments

Ecological Risk Assessments

Risk Management of Chemical Substances under CEPA 1999

The sites below provide information on risk management of chemical substances under CEPA 1999. More information can also be accessed through the Managing Chemical Substances section of this Web site.

Other programs involved in administering CEPA 1999 include:

Other Government of Canada programs that Deal with Chemical Substances

In addition to CEPA 1999, there are many other Government of Canada programs and agencies involved in assessing and managing the risks from chemical substances, including:

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