On December 8, 2006, the Government of Canada announced the Chemicals Management Plan to improve the degree of protection against hazardous chemicals.
In addition to the Challenge under the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP), there are other initiatives that safeguard human health and the environment of Canadians by ensuring that chemical substances are managed properly.
On this page you will find some initiatives undertaken by the Government of Canada under the CMP.
The rapid screening approach uses a series of qualitative and quantitative steps to efficiently evaluate the likelihood that a substance may cause ecological harm, given conservative (worst-case) estimates of exposure.
Significant New Activity notices are a flag put on a chemical substance so that any major changes in the way it is used are reported to the Government of Canada. View the
Comprehensive Listing of Substances that are Subject to a Significant New Activity Notice.
The Petroleum Sector Stream Approach includes approximately 160 petroleum substances that are considered high priority, but were set aside from the Challenge under the Chemicals Management Plan to be addressed under a sectoral approach.
The Government of Canada plans to assess and manage, where appropriate, the potential health and ecological risks associated with nine groups of substances. Read more about the Substance Groupings Initiative.
The screening assessment of an existing micro-organism is the scientific evaluation of the likelihood that it may cause harm to human health or the environment.
The Government of Canada plans to assess and manage, where appropriate, the potential health and ecological risks associated with certain polymers under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). These polymers were identified as priorities for further action during the categorization exercise in 2006.
Under the New Substances Program, Health Canada and Environment Canada examine the potential risks to Canadians and their environment before new substances enter the Canadian marketplace.
Federal Environmental Quality Guidelines (FEQGs) are recommendations in quantitative or qualitative terms to support and maintain particular uses of the environment.