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Industry asks Ontario for consistency with federal government on toxics

Published on April 14, 2009

TORONTO – Industry supports the Ontario government’s desire to regulate toxic substances and protect the health of Ontarians, however industry does not support the approach announced by the province last week.

The proposed Toxics Reduction Act places a high emphasis on process rather than achieving results. Moreover, the Ontario government through this bill is moving in the opposite direction of federal-provincial harmonization. The federal Chemicals Management Plan is one of the most stringent processes in the world. Duplicating this process at the provincial level is not necessary and we believe that Ontario must leverage and stay aligned with the federal government both in respect to the reporting of substances, as well as the assessment and science behind the list of substances deemed toxic.

The most important test of any toxic reduction strategy is the minimization and, where science dictates, the elimination of human exposure, not how substances are used in the manufacturing process.

We view this new proposed legislation as inconsistent with the province’s Open for Business strategy.  “If Ontario companies now have an added burden that other competing jurisdictions do not, it will put the province at a disadvantage,” said Ian Howcroft, Ontario vice president, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). 

We represent a range of industry sectors in Ontario, accounting for a significant percentage of manufacturing and exports from the province. We remain committed to working with Minister Gerretsen to develop a solution that delivers real results for Ontarians.

We are:

Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association
Canadian Chemical Producers’ Association
Canadian Foundry Association
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Canadian Petroleum Products Institute
Canadian Plastics Industry Association
Canadian Steel Producers Association 
Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association 
Ontario Forest Industries Association 
 
Ontario Waste Management Association  
Cement Association of Canada 
Rubber Association of Canada
Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association

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For information contact:

Ian Howcroft
905-672-3466 ext. 3256

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