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Companies distributing goods into Canada would be wise to take heed of Transport Canada’s recent encroachments into areas of consumer product safety. Much attention was paid to the recent Notice to Airmen issued by Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation unit (TSSA), effectively requiring the broadcast warning of a ban on the transport of certain cell phones containing volatile lithium batteries.   These constant broadcasts would have seemed unusual to air passengers, which have instead looked to…

With the impending overhaul of Canada’s Environmental Emergency Regulations, the oil and gas industry may be surprised to learn that their obligations under the coming regulations involve additional regulatory measures to be applied to both existing and newly designated substances, many from the oil and gas sector such as: diesel; gasoline; natural gas condensates; naphtha; crude oil; fuel oil, nos. 2, 4, & 6; and petroleum distillates. In short, much of the industry’s products will…

In a move which will affect international on-line retailers of various types of personal pest control products such as common insect repellants, Health Canada formally given notice of its intention to prohibit the importation of even limited quantity pest control products through regulatory changes to Canada’s Pest Control Products Act (PCPA). Unregulated Small Quantity Imports Targeted Currently, consumers in Canada may import limited quantities of pest control products for personal use without their registration under…

Ontario’s recently released Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario, Building a Circular Economy, contains a clear message to the province’s Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sectors-Independent Producer Responsibility (IPR) makes producers responsible for their product waste and impending targeted disposal bans means new diversion plans are necessary. 3Rs Fail to “Drive Waste Diversion” Existing provincial regulations under the Environmental Protection Act of Ontario, dating from more than 20 years ago, required the IC&I sector to take certain…

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.  The Global Harmonized System was supposed to be just that – a seamless harmonized set of classification and communication standards as applied to hazardous chemical products worldwide.  Safety Data Sheets (nee MSDS) and labels would, in meeting the standards of one country – necessarily meet them all.  At least between United States and Canada, no? Variances Between HCS 2012 and HPR With the introduction of GHS, both Canada’s…

The Ontario Cap and Trade regime is finally here, with its (complex) allocations, offsets and auction mechanisms.  Ontario large emitters (25,000+ CO2e tonnes per year) will have already immersed themselves in Cap and Trade, perhaps in conjunction with the linked Quebec or California schemes, or the international programs.  (A “practice” auction was held for large emitters earlier this year). Who Are Small Regulated Emitters? But what about the relatively small emitters (circa 10-25,000 CO2e…