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Ontario floats framework for toxic substances list

Ontario is proposing a new process for adding or removing substances deemed to be toxic.


Ontario is proposing a new process for adding or removing substances deemed to be toxic.

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment wants to create a “Living List Framework” for reviewing and making changes to the lists of substances prescribed under Ontario’s Toxic Reductions Act, 2009. The proposed framework covers the selection of the substance, the review, and the final decision.

Under the Ontario Toxics Reduction Program, the Living List is aimed at reducing substances prescribed in the Act’s regulation of air, land, water and consumer products; informing Ontario residents about prescribed substances in their communities; and supporting shifts in the domestic market to greener products.

The ministry must review its list of toxic substances at least once every five years.

Under the proposed framework, substances could be added, changed or deleted to the Living List.

The ministry’s review of a substance would have three steps: characterize the substance’s environmental and human health impact; consider how the substance will be used or released; and investigate the various factors surrounding the substance’s suitability for being managed by the Living List.

The ministry developed its proposal with input from a multi-stakeholder group, including representatives from industry, environment, labour, public health groups and academia.

The ministry invites views and opinions on its proposal. Submit comments through the Environmental Registry (EBR Registry Number 012-0764) between March 13, 2014 and May 12, 2014.

If you have any questions about this proposal, please do not hesitate to contact toxics.reduction@ontario. Find out more about the Toxics Reduction Program here.




2014 Training Session for Licensing Toxic Substance Reduction Planners: The ministry is offering training to those who are interested in becoming licensed Toxic Substance Reduction Planners April 29 – May 1, 2014.  For more information, please visit the ministry website. 

The 2011 and 2012 public data on toxics reduction is now available. The data was compiled from the public annual reports and plan summaries submitted by regulated facilities. Facilities have the opportunity to correct information by updating their submissions through Environment Canada’s Single Window. 


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