Canada paves way for future regulations on plastics

Government lists plastic products in Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) as “toxic”; legal step required in order to move forward with new regulation, product restrictions; will support government in implementing national plastic plans

Canada intends to approach PFAS as single class

Canadian government announces intention to consider per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as single class; will continue to support PFAS related research, collect information on how to implement approach, review implementation of other jurisdictions; plans to publish overview report in 2023; approach open for stakeholder feedback about challenges and opportunities

Canada to ban single-use plastics

Development of action plan announced for Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste; ban to focus on reducing plastic pollution, aims to begin by 2021 but details still to be finalized

Canadian identification of low hazard substances

Health Canada publishes updated document to support identification of substances with low human health hazard potential; application demonstrated through subset of 14 substances

Canadian draft screening assessments

Two draft screening assessments by the Canadian government find no risk at current exposure levels for 24 substances, including 10 food contact chemicals