Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)

Updated: Sep 30, 2019

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) came into effect in Canada on September 14th, 1999 (1).

Purpose: to respect pollution prevention and the protection of the environment and human health in order to contribute to sustainable development (1). This includes a commitment of the Government of Canada to prioritize pollution prevention efforts nationally and acknowledge the importance of pollutants and their effects on ecosystems (1).

To learn more about the role of the Government of Canada under the CEPA, click here.



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