Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 152, Number 34: GOVERNMENT NOTICES

August 25, 2018

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, 1999

Ministerial Condition No. 19626

Ministerial condition

(Paragraph 109(1)(a) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999)

Whereas the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health have assessed information in respect of the living organism Saccharomyces species strain ALX104-148.38, containing multiple copies of the gene A from a foreign organism;

And whereas the ministers suspect that the living organism is toxic or capable of becoming toxic within the meaning of section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999;

The Minister of the Environment, pursuant to paragraph 109(1)(a) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, hereby permits the manufacture or import of the living organism in accordance with the conditions of the following annex.

Kevin Cash
Acting Assistant Deputy Minister
Science and Technology Branch

On behalf of the Minister of the Environment

ANNEX
Conditions

(Paragraph 109(1)(a) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999)

1. The following definitions apply in these ministerial conditions:

2. The notifier may import or manufacture the living organism in accordance with the present ministerial conditions.

Contained facility

3. The notifier may only import or manufacture the living organism if the following conditions are met:

Handling and disposal of waste

4. (1) The notifier shall collect any waste in their physical possession or under their control and destroy or dispose of the waste in the following manner, sequentially:

(2) The notifier shall not transfer the waste to anyone other than a person who destroys or disposes of it in the manner described in subsection (1).

Environmental release

5. Where any release of the waste to the environment occurs, other than a release described in section 4, the person who has the physical possession or control of the waste shall immediately take all measures necessary to prevent any further release and to limit the dispersion of the living organism or its metabolites. Furthermore, the person shall, as soon as possible in the circumstances, inform the Minister of the Environment by contacting an enforcement officer designated under the Act.

Record-keeping requirements

6. (1) The notifier shall maintain electronic or paper records, with any documentation supporting the validity of the information contained in these records, indicating

(2) The notifier shall maintain electronic or paper records mentioned in subsection 6(1) at the notifier’s principal place of business in Canada for a period of at least five years after they are made.

Other requirements

7. The notifier shall inform in writing any person to whom they transfer the physical possession or control of the waste intended for anaerobic digester of the terms of the present ministerial conditions. The notifier shall obtain, prior to any transfer of physical possession or control of the waste intended for anaerobic digester, written confirmation from this person that they were informed of the terms of the present ministerial conditions. This written confirmation shall be maintained at the notifier’s principal place of business in Canada for a period of at least five years from the day it was received.

Coming into force

8. These ministerial conditions come into force on August 16, 2018.

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, 1999

Notice to provide information for the risk management of 1,4-benzenediamine, N,N′-mixed phenyl and tolyl derivatives (BENPAT)

Pursuant to paragraph 71(1)(b) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, notice is hereby given that the Minister of the Environment requires, for the purpose of assessing whether to control, or the manner in which to control the substance described in Schedule 1 to this notice, any person described in Schedule 2 to this notice who possesses or who may reasonably be expected to have access to the information required in Schedule 3 to this notice, to provide that information no later than December 13, 2018, at 3 p.m., Eastern standard time.

Responses to this notice shall be submitted to the Minister of the Environment using the online reporting system available through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window. Inquiries concerning the notice may be directed to the Substances Management Information Line at 1-800-567-1999 (toll-free in Canada), 819-938-3232 (outside of Canada) or eccc.substances.eccc@canada.ca.

Pursuant to section 313 of the Act, any person who provides information in response to this notice may submit with the information a written request that the information or part of it be treated as confidential.

Pursuant to subsection 71(4) of the Act, the Minister of the Environment may, on request in writing from any person to whom this notice applies, extend the time or times within which the person shall comply with this notice. The person seeking such extension shall submit, prior to the deadline, a request to the Minister of the Environment, to the attention of the Substances Management Coordinator, at the following email address: eccc.substances.eccc@canada.ca.

Marc D’Iorio
Director General
Industrial Sectors, Chemicals and Waste Directorate

Jacqueline Gonçalves
Director General
Science and Risk Assessment Directorate

On behalf of the Minister of the Environment

SCHEDULE 1
Substance

CAS RNtable 1 note a

Name of the substance

Common name

Table 1 Notes

Table 1 Note a

The Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CAS RN) is the property of the American Chemical Society, and any use or redistribution, except as required in supporting regulatory requirements and/or for reports to the Government of Canada when the information and the reports are required by law or administrative policy, is not permitted without the prior, written permission of the American Chemical Society.

Return to table 1 note a referrer

68953-84-4

1,4-benzenediamine, N,N′-mixed phenyl and tolyl derivatives

BENPAT

SCHEDULE 2
Persons required to provide information

1. This notice applies to the following persons:

2. For each activity involving the substance, either manufacture, import or use, any person for whom the criteria set out in this schedule have been met for both the 2016 and 2017 calendar years shall provide information prescribed in sections 4 to 7 of Schedule 3 to this notice for the 2017 calendar year only. If the criteria set out in this schedule have been met only for the 2017 calendar year, any person who manufactured, imported or used the substance shall provide information prescribed in sections 4 to 7 of Schedule 3 to this notice for the 2017 calendar year. If the criteria set out in this schedule have been met only for the 2016 calendar year, any person who manufactured, imported or used the substance shall provide information prescribed in sections 4 to 7 of Schedule 3 to this notice for the 2016 calendar year.

3. This notice does not apply to a person as defined in section 1 of Schedule 2 to this notice if the substance described in Schedule 1, whether alone, in a mixture or in a product, meets the requirements of one of the following criteria:

SCHEDULE 3
Information required

1. In this notice, “mixture” means a combination of substances that does not produce a substance that is different from the substances that were combined, including prepared formulations and reaction mixtures that are fully characterized in terms of their constituent substances, hydrates, and homogeneous and heterogeneous alloys.

2. The person subject to the notice that is a company, that owns more than one facility, shall submit a single response to the notice. The single response shall amalgamate the information from all facilities owned by the company for each applicable question in the notice.

3. Where information required under Schedule 3 to this notice has already been sent to the Government of Canada, it may be relied on as a response to any question in Schedule 3 to this notice if the following criteria are met:

4. Any person to whom this notice applies shall provide the following information: name of the person (e.g. company name), Canadian head office address, federal business number, footnote 1 contact name, email address and telephone number, and certification that the information is accurate and complete.

5. (1) For the substance described in Schedule 1 that a person manufactured, imported or used alone, in a mixture or in a product during the calendar year for which the person is responding to this notice and for which the criteria set out in Schedule 2 have been met, the person shall provide the following information:

5. (2) Where code U999 is applicable for paragraph 5(1)(d), a written description of the substance function must be provided.

6. For the substance described in Schedule 1 that a person manufactured, imported or used alone, in a mixture, or in a product during the calendar year for which the person is responding to this notice and for which the criteria set out in Schedule 2 have been met, the person shall provide the following information:

7. (1) For the substance described in Schedule 1 that a person manufactured or imported alone, in a mixture or in a product, the person shall provide the following information:

7. (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to importers of the substance in a mixture or a product intended for use by consumers for non-commercial purposes.

8. For the application of section 5, the following are the substance function codes and their corresponding descriptions:

Table 1: Substance function codes

Substance function codes

Title

Description

U001

Abrasives

Substances used to wear down or polish surfaces by rubbing against the surface.

U002

Adhesives and sealant substances

Substances used to promote bonding between other substances, promote adhesion of surfaces, or prevent seepage of moisture or air.

U003

Adsorbents and absorbents

Substances used to retain other substances by accumulation on their surface or by assimilation.

U004

Agricultural substances (non-pesticidal)

Substances used to increase the productivity and quality of farm crops.

U005

Anti-adhesive agents

Substances used to prevent bonding between other substances by discouraging surface attachment.

U006

Bleaching agents

Substances used to lighten or whiten a substrate through chemical reaction, usually an oxidative process which degrades the colour system.

U007

Corrosion inhibitors and anti-scaling agents

Substances used to prevent or retard corrosion or the formation of scale.

U008

Dyes

Substances used to impart colour to other materials or mixtures by penetrating into the surface of the substrate.

U009

Fillers

Substances used to provide bulk, increase strength, increase hardness, or improve resistance to impact.

U010

Finishing agents

Substances used to impart such functions as softening, static-proofing, wrinkle resistance, and water repellence.

U011

Flame retardants

Substances used on the surface of or incorporated into combustible materials to reduce or eliminate their tendency to ignite when exposed to heat or a flame.

U012

Fuels and fuel additives

Substances used to create mechanical or thermal energy through chemical reactions, or which are added to a fuel for the purpose of controlling the rate of reaction or limiting the production of undesirable combustion products, or which provide other benefits such as corrosion inhibition, lubrication, or detergency.

U013

Functional fluids (closed systems)

Liquid or gaseous substances used for one or more operational properties in a closed system. This code does not include fluids used as lubricants.

U014

Functional fluids (open systems)

Liquid or gaseous substances used for one or more operational properties in an open system.

U015

Intermediates

Substances consumed in a chemical reaction to produce other substances for commercial advantage.

U016

Ion exchange agents

Substances that are used to selectively remove targeted ions from a solution. This code also includes aluminosilicate zeolites.

U017

Lubricants and lubricant additives

Substances used to reduce friction, heat, or wear between moving parts or adjacent solid surfaces, or that enhance the lubricity of other substances.

U018

Odour agents

Substances used to control odours, remove odours, mask odours, or impart odours.

U019

Oxidizing and reducing agents

Substances used to alter the valence state of another substance by donating or accepting electrons or by the addition or removal of hydrogen to a substance.

U020

Photosensitive substances

Substances used for their ability to alter their physical or chemical structure through absorption of light, resulting in the emission of light, dissociation, discoloration, or other chemical reaction.

U021

Pigments

Substances used to impart colour to other materials or mixtures by attaching themselves to the surface of the substrate through binding or adhesion.

U022

Plasticizers

Substances used in plastics, cement, concrete, wallboard, clay bodies, or other materials to increase their plasticity or fluidity.

U023

Plating agents and surface treating agents

Substances applied to metal, plastic, or other surfaces to alter physical or chemical properties of the surface.

U024

Process regulators

Substances used to change the rate of a chemical reaction, start or stop the reaction, or otherwise influence the course of the reaction.

U025

Processing aids, specific to petroleum production

Substances added to water, oil, or synthetic drilling muds or other petroleum production fluids to control foaming, corrosion, alkalinity and pH, microbiological growth or hydrate formation, or to improve the operation of processing equipment during the production of oil, gas, and other products or mixtures from beneath the earth’s surface.

U026

Processing aids, not otherwise covered in this table

Substances used in applications other than the production of oil, gas, or geothermal energy to control foaming, corrosion or alkalinity and pH, or to improve the operation of processing equipment.

U027

Propellants and blowing agents

Substances used to dissolve or suspend other substances and either to expel those substances from a container in the form of an aerosol or to impart a cellular structure to plastics, rubber, or thermoset resins.

U028

Solids separation agents

Substances used to promote the separation of suspended solids from a liquid.

U029

Solvents (for cleaning or degreasing)

Substances used to dissolve oils, greases and similar materials from textiles, glassware, metal surfaces, and other articles.

U030

Solvents (which become part of formulation or mixture)

Substances used to dissolve another substance to form a uniformly dispersed solution at the molecular level.

U031

Surface active agents

Substances used to modify surface tension when dissolved in water or water solutions, or reduce interfacial tension between two liquids or between a liquid and a solid or between liquid and air.

U032

Viscosity adjustors

Substances used to alter the viscosity of another substance.

U033

Laboratory substances

Substances used in a laboratory for chemical analysis, chemical synthesis, extracting and purifying other chemicals, dissolving other substances, and similar activities.

U034

Paint additives and coating additives not otherwise covered in this table

Substances used in a paint or coating formulation to enhance properties such as water repellence, increased gloss, improved fade resistance, ease of application or foam prevention.

U061

Pest control substances

Substances used as active ingredients or formulants in products, mixtures or manufactured items used for directly or indirectly controlling, destroying, attracting or repelling a pest or for mitigating or preventing its injurious, noxious or troublesome effects.

U062

Active ingredients in health products and drugs

Substances used as active ingredients in natural health products or prescription or non-prescription drugs.

U063

Flavourants

Substances used as non-medicinal ingredients or excipients in foods, natural health products, and drugs that impart a certain flavour to the food, health product or drug.

U064

Contaminants

Substances naturally present in a reactant or a substance that is produced as a result of the manufacturing process and has no beneficial properties in the final product, mixture or manufactured item.

U065

By-products

Substances resulting from the manufacturing process that can be partially or completely removed from the intended product, mixture or manufactured item and have commercial value on their own or when added to another product, mixture or manufactured item.

U066

Wastes

Substances that are removed from the final product, mixture or manufactured item during the manufacturing process and have no commercial value.

U999

Other (specify)

Substances with a substance function not otherwise described in this table. A written description must be provided when using this code.

9. For the application of section 6, the following tables set out the consumer and commercial codes and their corresponding descriptions:

Table 2: Furnishings, cleaning, treatment or care

Consumer and commercial codes

Title

Description

C101

Floor coverings

Substances contained in floor coverings. This code does not include wood and pressed wood flooring products included in the Building or construction materials — Wood and engineered wood code.

C102

Foam seating and bedding

Substances contained in foam mattresses, pillows, cushions, and any seating, furniture and furnishings containing foam.

C103

Furniture and furnishings not otherwise covered in this table

Substances contained in furniture and furnishings made from metal, wood, leather, plastic or other materials. This code does not include foam seating and bedding products.

C104

Fabric, textile and leather articles not otherwise covered in this table

Substances contained in fabric, textile and leather products to impart colour and other desirable properties such as water, soil and stain repellence, wrinkle resistance, or flame resistance.

C105

Cleaning and furnishing care

Substances contained in products, mixtures or manufactured items that are used to remove dirt, grease, stains, and foreign matter from furniture and furnishings, or to cleanse, sanitize, bleach, scour, polish, protect, or improve the appearance of surfaces.

C106

Laundry and dishwashing

Substances contained in laundry and dishwashing products, mixtures or manufactured items.

C107

Water treatment

Substances contained in water treatment products, mixtures or manufactured items that are designed to disinfect, reduce contaminants or other undesirable constituents, and condition or improve aesthetics of water. Excludes any substance contained in pest control products as defined under the Pest Control Products Act.

C108

Personal care and cosmetics

Substances contained in personal care products, mixtures or manufactured items that are used for cleansing, grooming, improving or altering skin, hair, or teeth.

C109

Air care

Substances contained in products, mixtures or manufactured items that are used to odorize or deodorize indoor air in homes, offices, motor vehicles, and other enclosed spaces.

C110

Apparel and footwear care

Substances contained in apparel and footwear care products, mixtures or manufactured items that are applied post-market.

C160

Pet care

Substances contained in pet care products, mixtures or manufactured items that are used for cleansing, grooming, improving or altering skin, hair or teeth and intended for animal use.

Table 3: Construction, paint, electrical or metal

Consumer and commercial codes

Title

Description

C201

Adhesives and sealants

Substances contained in adhesive or sealant products or mixtures used to fasten other materials together or prevent the passage of liquid or gas.

C202.01

Paints and coatings

Substances contained in paints and coatings.

C202.02

Paint thinners or removers

Substances contained in paint thinners or removers.

C203

Building or construction materials — Wood and engineered wood

Substances contained in building and construction materials made of wood and pressed or engineered wood products, mixtures or manufactured items.

C204

Building or construction materials not otherwise covered in this table

Substances contained in building and construction materials not otherwise covered in this table.

C205

Electrical and electronics

Substances contained in electrical and electronic products, mixtures or manufactured items.

C206

Metal materials not otherwise covered in this table

Substances contained in metal products, mixtures or manufactured items not otherwise covered in this table.

C207

Batteries

Substances contained in non-rechargeable and rechargeable batteries including dry and wet cell units that store energy.

Table 4: Packaging, paper, plastic or hobby

Consumer and commercial codes

Title

Description

C301

Food packaging

Substances contained in single or multi-layered packaging consisting of paper, plastic, metal, foil or other materials which have or may have direct contact with food.

C302

Paper products, mixtures or manufactured items

Substances contained in paper products, mixtures or manufactured items.

C303.01

Plastic materials not otherwise covered in this table

Substances contained in plastic products, mixtures or manufactured items not otherwise covered in this table.

C303.02

Rubber materials not otherwise covered in this table

Substances contained in rubber products, mixtures or manufactured items not otherwise covered in this table.

C304

Toys, playground and sporting equipment

Substances contained in toys, playground and sporting equipment made of wood, metal, plastic or fabric.

C305

Arts, crafts and hobby materials

Substances contained in arts, crafts, and hobby materials.

C306

Ink, toner and colourants

Substances contained in ink, toners and colourants used for writing, printing, creating an image on paper; and substances contained in other substrates, or applied to substrates to change their colour or hide images.

C307

Photographic supplies, film and photo-chemicals

Substances contained in photographic supplies, film, photo-processing substances, and photographic paper.

Table 5: Automotive, fuel, agriculture or outdoor use

Consumer and commercial codes

Title

Description

C401

Automotive care

Substances contained in products, mixtures or manufactured items used in automotive cleaning and care of exterior and interior vehicle surfaces. This code does not include antifreeze, de-icing products, or lubricants.

C402

Lubricants and greases

Substances contained in products, mixtures or manufactured items to reduce friction, heat generation and wear between solid surfaces.

C403

Anti-freeze and de-icing

Substances added to fluids to reduce the freezing point of the mixture, or substances applied to surfaces to melt or prevent build-up of ice.

C404

Fuels and related products, mixtures or manufactured items

Substances burned to produce heat, light or power, or added to inhibit corrosion, provide lubrication, increase efficiency of use, or decrease production of undesirable by-products.

C405

Explosive materials

Substances capable of producing a sudden expansion, usually accompanied by the production of heat and large changes in pressure upon ignition.

C406

Agricultural products, mixtures or manufactured items (non-pesticidal)

Substances used to increase the productivity and quality of plants, animals or forestry crops, produced on a commercial scale. Includes animal feed (any substance or mixture of substances for consumption by livestock, providing the nutritional requirements of livestock, or for the purpose of preventing or correcting nutritional disorders of livestock, as defined in the Feeds Act and Regulations).

C407

Lawn and garden care

Substances contained in lawn, garden, outdoor or potted plant, and tree care products, mixtures or manufactured items. Excludes any substance contained in pest control products as defined under the Pest Control Products Act.

C461

Pest control

Substances contained in any product, mixture or manufactured item for directly or indirectly controlling, preventing, destroying, mitigating, attracting, or repelling any pest.

C462

Automotive, aircraft and transportation

Substances contained in automobiles, aircraft and other types of transportation, or used in their manufacture.

C463

Oil and natural gas extraction

Substances that are, or are contained in, any mixtures, products or manufactured items, used for oil and natural gas drilling, extraction and processing.

Table 6: Items for food, health or tobacco

Consumer and commercial codes

Title

Description

C562

Food and beverage

Substances contained in food and beverage products, mixtures or manufactured items.

C563

Drugs

Substances contained in prescription and non-prescription drugs intended for humans or animals.

C564

Natural health

Substances contained in natural health products, mixtures or manufactured items intended for humans or animals.

C565

Medical devices

Substances contained in products, mixtures or manufactured items used for either the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of a disease, disorder, or an abnormal physical state; or those used in restoring, correcting or modifying organic functions in humans or animals.

C566

Tobacco products, mixtures or manufactured items

Substances contained in products, mixtures or manufactured items composed in whole or in part of tobacco, including tobacco leaves and any extract of tobacco leaves.

Table 7: Products, mixtures or manufactured items not described by other codes

Consumer and commercial codes

Title

Description

C999

Other

Substances contained in products, mixtures or manufactured items that are not described within any other consumer and commercial code.

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the notice.)

This notice requests data on 1,4-benzenediamine, N,N′-mixed phenyl and tolyl derivatives (BENPAT) for the purposes of informing risk management actions to control risks posed by the substance that meets one or more of the criteria set out in section 64 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (hereinafter referred to as the “Act”) according to the screening assessment summary published under subsection 77(6) of the Act. footnote 3 The data collected in this notice will be used to determine whether to control, and the manner in which to control, the toxic substance. Risk management actions include the application of regulations or other instruments respecting preventive or control actions in relation to toxic substances in order to protect human health and the environment.

As part of the Chemical Management Plan, BENPAT was previously surveyed in 2009 as a Batch 11 Challenge substance of interest requesting data for the year 2006. The Notice with respect to Batch 11 Challenge substances was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on September 26, 2009. Additional data reflecting the current standing of today’s market in Canada is therefore needed for risk management purposes.

The data collected on BENPAT with this notice shall be used to identify the current commercial status, such as commercial quantities and use patterns, including mixtures and products containing this substance. Information from manufacturers, importers and users of this substance is needed to inform risk management activities, such as identifying whether there are new sources of exposure that may require risk management and informing the development and implementation of risk management instruments.

Pursuant to subsection 71(3) of the Act, every person to whom this notice applies shall comply with this notice within the time specified therein. The time specified in this notice is December 13, 2018, at 3 p.m., Eastern standard time. Any person making a written request pursuant to subsection 71(4) of the Act should include the name of the party requiring an extension as well as the reason of the extension request.

Any person making a written request pursuant to section 313 of the Act should identify each part of the information that is to be considered confidential, and provide a rationale for the sensitivity of the information.

Persons not subject to this notice who have a current or future interest in BENPAT may identify themselves as a “stakeholder” for the substance by completing the voluntary Declaration of Stakeholder Interest using the online reporting system via Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window. They may be contacted regarding their interest in this substance.

Persons who do not meet the requirements to respond and who have no commercial interest in the substance covered by this notice may submit a Declaration of Non-Engagement for the notice using the online reporting system via Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window.

In addition to the obligations under section 70 of the Act, the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health are also inviting interested stakeholders to submit additional information that is deemed beneficial. Organizations that may be interested in submitting additional information in response to this invitation include those that manufacture, import, export or use this substance alone, in a mixture or in a product.

Compliance with the Act is mandatory, and specific offences are established by subsection 272.1(1) of the Act. Subsections 272.1(2), (3) and (4) of the Act set the penalties for persons who contravene section 71 of the Act. Offences include failing to comply with an obligation arising from the present notice and providing false or misleading information. Penalties include fines, and the amount of the fine can range, with a maximum of $25,000 for an individual convicted following summary proceedings and a maximum of $500,000 for a large corporation convicted on indictment. The maximum fines are doubled for second or subsequent offences.

The current text of the Act, including the most recent amendments, is available on the Department of Justice website.

The Act is enforced in accordance with the Compliance and Enforcement Policy for the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. Suspected violations under the Act can be reported to the Enforcement Branch by email at ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca.

Responses to the notice must be provided no later than December 13, 2018, at 3 p.m., Eastern standard time using the online reporting system via Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window.

An electronic copy of this notice is available on the Canada.ca (Chemical Substances) website.

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

MIGRATORY BIRDS CONVENTION ACT, 1994

Notice with respect to temporary possession of migratory bird carcasses

The Minister of the Environment issues this notice under the authority of section 36 of the Migratory Birds Regulations to vary the application of paragraph 6(b) of the Migratory Birds Regulations to facilitate the conduct of a survey for avian viruses. This notice authorizes the temporary possession of found dead migratory birds. A person is permitted to temporarily possess found dead migratory birds to allow for swift delivery of such birds to provincial or territorial authorities for analysis. In all other circumstances, a prohibition against possessing the carcasses of migratory birds remains in effect. This notice comes into force for a period of one year from August 25, 2018. The Government of Canada is responsible, under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, for ensuring that populations of migratory birds are maintained, protected and conserved.

The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative coordinates Canada’s Inter-Agency Wild Bird Influenza Survey. Information on where to submit found dead migratory birds is available by viewing the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative web page, or by telephoning 1-800-567-2033. Guidance on precautions for the handling of wild birds is available from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

August 25, 2018

Julie Spallin
Director General
Assessment and Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Wildlife Service

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, 1999

Publication after screening assessment of 57 substances specified on the Domestic Substances List (paragraphs 68(b) and 68(c) or subsection 77(6) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999)

Whereas 55 of the 57 substances identified in the annex below are identified under subsection 73(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999;

Whereas a summary of the screening assessment conducted on the 55 substances pursuant to section 74 of the Act and pursuant to paragraphs 68(b) and (c) for the remaining 2 substances is annexed hereby;

And whereas it is concluded that the 57 substances do not meet any of the criteria set out in section 64 of the Act,

Notice therefore is hereby given that the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health (the ministers) propose to take no further action on the 55 substances at this time under section 77 of the Act.

Notice is further given that the ministers propose to take no further action on the remaining 2 substances at this time.

Catherine McKenna
Minister of the Environment

Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

ANNEX

Summary of the screening assessment of sector-specific inorganic UVCBs

Pursuant to section 68 or 74 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA), the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health have conducted a screening assessment of 57 substances of unknown or variable composition, complex reaction products and biological material (UVCBs), referred to collectively as the sector-specific inorganic UVCBs group. Substances in this group were identified as priorities for assessment as they met categorization criteria under subsection 73(1) of CEPA or were considered a priority on the basis of other human health concerns. The Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Numbers (CAS RNs) footnote 4 of the substances, their Domestic Substances List (DSL) names and their common names are listed in the table below.

Substances in the sector-specific inorganic UVCBs group

CAS RN

Domestic Substances List name

Common name

65996-69-2

Slags, ferrous metal, blast furnace

Blast furnace slag

65996-71-6

Slags, steelmaking

Steelmaking slag

66071-92-9

Sulfite liquors and Cooking liquors, spent

Black liquor or red liquortable 2 note a

67711-90-4

Flue dust, copper-refining

Copper smelting dusts

67711-91-5

Matte, copper

Copper matte

67711-95-9

Slimes and Sludges, copper electrolytic

Electrowinning cell sludge

67712-00-9

Slimes and Sludges, copper refining

Precipitates and slurries, copper refining

68131-30-6table 2 note b

Sulfite liquors and Cooking liquors, green

Green pulping liquor

68131-31-7table 2 note b

Sulfite liquors and Cooking liquors, spent, alkali-treated

Alkaline treated spent sulfite liquor

68475-76-3

Flue dust, portland cement

Kiln dust

69011-50-3

Zinc, dross

Zinc dross

69011-54-7

Silver, bullion

Dore

69011-59-2

Lead alloy, base, dross

Arsenic-nickel dross

69011-69-4

Cadmium, dross

Cadmium dross

69011-70-7

Cadmium, sponge

Cadmium sponge

69011-71-8

Aluminum dross

Aluminum dross

69011-72-9table 2 note a

Aluminum, manufg. cathodes, carbon

Carbon cathode

69011-86-5

Zinc ores, concs., preleached

Zinc, preleached concentrates

69012-17-5

Waste solids,
copper-casting

Copper casting scales and solids

69012-24-4

Wastewater, zinc sulfate electrolytic, acid

NA

69012-43-7

Slimes and Sludges, zinc sulfate electrolytic

Electrolytic zinc residue

69012-48-2

Residues, zinc-refining wastewater, zinc hydroxide

Zinc hydroxide precipitate

69012-50-6

Matte, nickel

Nickel matte

69012-65-3

Fumes, zinc

Zinc fumes

69012-67-5

Leach residues, copper cake

Copper residue

69012-69-7

Leach residues,
zinc-fume

Zinc fume leach residue

69012-70-0

Leach residues, zinc ore-calcine

Zinc calcine leach residue

69012-73-3

Leach residues, zinc ore-calcine, zinc sulfur

Zinc sulfur residue

69012-79-9

Calcines, zinc ore-conc.

Calcined zinc ore concentrates

69029-50-1

Lead, antimonial

Antimonial lead

69029-52-3

Lead, dross

Lead dross

69029-67-0

Flue dust, lead-refining

Lead smelter flue dust

69029-80-7

Residues, precious metal recovery lead refining

NA

69029-82-9

Residues, zinc dross

NA

69029-84-1

Slags, lead smelting

Lead smelter slag

69029-85-2

Slags, precious metal recovery lead refining

NA

69029-93-2

Slimes and Sludges, lead refining

NA

69227-11-8

Lead, dross, copper-rich

Copper dross

84583-61-9

Slimes and Sludges, zinc electrolytic

NA

84776-00-1

Slimes and Sludges, tin electrolytic

NA

85116-70-7

Ashes (residues), galvanization

Zinc ash

94552-05-3

Waste solids, lead silver anode

NA

96690-57-2

Waste solids, aluminum oxide electrolysis, cathodic

Hydrated recovered carbon

98072-44-7

Flue dust, precious metal refining

Precious metal melting dusts

98072-60-7

Slags, precious metal refining

Precious metals smelting slag

98072-61-8

Slimes and Sludges, precious metal refining

Precious metals refining slimes, sludges and residues

121053-32-5

Flue dust, nickel-refining

Nickel smelting dusts

121053-33-6

Slags, nickel-refining

Nickel melting furnace slag

124222-16-8

Residues, copper-refining

Residue, copper electrolytic

124222-19-1

Slimes and Sludges, nickel electrolytic

Precipitates and slurries, nickel electrolytic

124222-20-4

Slimes and Sludges, precious metal electrolytic

Precipitates and slurries, precious metal electrolytic

124316-01-4

Slags, copper-refining

Copper smelter or refinery slag

125408-74-4

Slags, ferrous metal, blast furnace, desulfurizing

NA

128704-79-0

Leach solutions, zinc refining

NA

129618-34-4

Electrolytes, nickel-manufg.

NA

129618-37-7

Solutions, precious metal hydrometallurgical

Precious metals refining solutions

175448-53-0

Slags, lead smelting, zinc-reduced

NA

Abbreviation: NA = not available

Table 2 Notes

Table 2 Note a

Not a common name taken from NCI (2012).

Return to table 2 note a referrer

Table 2 Note b

This substance was not identified under subsection 73(1) of CEPA but was included in this assessment as it was considered a priority on the basis of other human health concerns.

Return to table 2 note b referrer

These 57 UVCBs were grouped for assessment as their commercial activity is restricted to a small number of industrial sectors and exposure is either not expected or is considered to be negligible. The approach used in this assessment focuses on the exposure characterization of the substances and includes consideration of information on commercial activity (i.e. manufacturing or import into Canada) and uses, as well as existing measures to prevent or limit exposure to the environment and, consequently, to the general population of Canada.

The main sectors of activity for the substances are the base metals processing, iron and steel manufacturing, aluminum smelting and automotive parts manufacturing, pulp and paper manufacturing, and cement manufacturing sectors. The potential for environmental exposure was assessed by grouping the substances among five “types” to clarify the release potential of the substances: “no longer manufactured or imported,” “intermediate,” “waste,” “by-product” or “substances with other commercial uses in other sectors.” For substances that either were no longer manufactured or imported or were intermediates, exposure was not expected as the substances were either no longer in commerce or were found to be consumed on-site (or at other facilities) as feedstock or on-site for energy recovery. For substances determined to be wastes or by- products, environmental exposure was considered negligible because they were either disposed of on-site at the facility (e.g. some wastes from the base metals processing sector), sent to a specialized hazardous waste facility or met regulation standards to confirm lack of hazardous characteristics.

This approach used information submitted by companies in response to either a voluntary survey or to Phase 2 of the DSL Inventory Update, as well as other technical information, including technical reports generated for Environment and Climate Change Canada. On the basis of the information received, 38 substances were determined to be no longer manufactured or imported or intermediates, 10 were determined to be intermediates or wastes, 3 were determined to be by-products or wastes, and 5 were determined to be wastes. On the basis of the information available, the potential for exposure of the environment to these substances is considered to be either negligible or not expected. One additional substance, a sulfite liquor (CAS RN 68131-31-7), was determined to be an intermediate within the pulp and paper manufacturing sector for which environmental exposure is not expected, and according to the exposure characterization of the substance for a number of applications within other sectors, its potential for exposure to the environment is negligible.

Considering all available lines of evidence presented in this screening assessment, there is a low risk of harm to organisms and the broader integrity of the environment from all 57 substances in the sector-specific inorganic UVCBs group. It is concluded that these 57 substances do not meet the criteria under paragraph 64(a) or (b) of CEPA, as they are not entering the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that have or may have an immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment or its biological diversity or that constitute or may constitute a danger to the environment on which life depends.

Given that environmental exposure was considered either negligible or not expected, general population exposure to the substances through environmental media was consequently considered to be either negligible or not expected. In addition, uses identified (beyond the pulp and paper manufacturing sector) were not considered to result in exposure of the general population. Accordingly, the risk to human health is considered to be low for all 57 substances.

On the basis of the information presented in this screening assessment, it is concluded that the 57 substances in the sector-specific inorganic UVCBs group do not meet the criteria under paragraph 64(c) of CEPA, as they are not entering the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health.

Conclusion

It is concluded that the 57 substances in the sector-specific inorganic UVCBs group do not meet any of the criteria set out in section 64 of CEPA.

The final screening assessment for these substances is available on the Canada.ca (Chemical Substances) website.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, 1999

Final guideline for Canadian drinking water quality for bromate

Pursuant to subsection 55(3) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Minister of Health hereby gives notice of a final guideline for Canadian drinking water quality for bromate. The technical document for this guideline is available on the Water Quality website. This document underwent a public consultation period of 60 days in 2015–2016 and was updated to take into consideration the comments received.

August 23, 2018

David Morin
Director General
Safe Environments Directorate

On behalf of the Minister of Health

ANNEX
Guideline

A maximum acceptable concentration (MAC) of 0.01 mg/L (10 µg/L) is established for bromate in drinking water, based on a locational running annual average of a minimum of quarterly samples. Efforts to limit the concentration and/or formation of bromate must not compromise the effectiveness of disinfection.

Executive summary

Bromate is usually found in drinking water as a result of water treatment, rather than through source water contamination. The presence of bromate in treated drinking water is primarily related to the reaction between ozone and naturally occurring bromide in source water and to its formation during the generation of hypochlorite solutions used to disinfect water.

The guideline technical document reviews and assesses all identified health risks associated with bromate in drinking water. It assesses new studies and approaches and incorporates analytical and treatment considerations. Based on this review, the guideline for bromate in drinking water is a maximum acceptable concentration of 0.01 mg/L (10 µg/L), based on a locational running annual average of a minimum of quarterly samples.

Health effects

Potassium bromate is classified as a possible human carcinogen, based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in laboratory animals, but inadequate evidence in humans. However, it is clear that the toxicity of potassium bromate is associated with the bromate anion, and is not a function of the salt used in a given toxicological study.

Laboratory animal studies have shown links between the ingestion of bromate in drinking water and various types of tumours in rats and mice, including tumours of the kidney, thyroid and testicular mesothelium. Non-cancer health effects related to exposure to bromate were also observed in rodents. No studies were available that reported the health effects in humans resulting from long-term exposure to bromate.

Both cancer and non-cancer risk assessments were considered in the derivation of the MAC. The MAC is based on the cancer risk assessment, which provided the lowest health-based value, but is risk managed in light of the limitations related to technical considerations.

Exposure

Canadians are primarily exposed to bromate through its presence in drinking water. Bromate has also been detected in ozonated bottled water. Sodium and potassium bromate are used in the production of some consumer products, including in the cosmetic industry. Little bromate is expected to be found in air or soil.

Analysis and treatment

The establishment of a drinking water guideline must take into consideration the ability to both measure the contaminant and remove it from drinking water supplies. There are several methods available for the analysis of bromate in drinking water. Based on the capacity of commercial laboratories, analytical methods are available to reliably measure bromate in drinking water at concentrations below the MAC.

Bromate is difficult to remove from drinking water once it is formed. For bromate produced during ozonation, controlling the ozonation process is the recommended approach, as removing bromide from source water is not cost effective. For bromate contamination related to the use of hypochlorite solutions, the best approach is also to minimize its formation by focusing on the use of certified treatment chemicals, including for on-site generation of the hypochlorite solutions, and appropriate handling and storage. The MAC also takes into consideration the requirements for the certification of water treatment chemicals and the need to ensure the microbiological safety of drinking water.

At the residential level, reverse osmosis, distillation and ion exchange devices are expected to be effective for decreasing bromate concentrations in drinking water. However, as the water produced by reverse osmosis and distillation devices may be corrosive to plumbing components, these devices should be installed only at the point of use (a single faucet).

International considerations

Other organizations have set guidelines or regulations pertaining to the concentration of bromate in drinking water. The guideline of the World Health Organization as well as the standards of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the European Union are all also set at 0.01 mg/L. The Australia National Health and Medical Research Council established a slightly higher guideline value of 0.02 mg/L.

PRIVY COUNCIL OFFICE

Appointment opportunities

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. The Government of Canada has implemented an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous peoples and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

We are equally committed to providing a healthy workplace that supports one’s dignity, self-esteem and the ability to work to one’s full potential. With this in mind, all appointees will be expected to take steps to promote and maintain a healthy, respectful and harassment-free work environment.

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following positions.

Current opportunities

The following opportunities for appointments to Governor in Council positions are currently open for applications. Every opportunity is open for a minimum of two weeks from the date of posting on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

Position

Organization

Closing date

Chairperson

Canada Lands Company Limited

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

Canada Post Corporation

 

Chairperson

Canadian Race Relations Foundation

 

Director

CPP Investment Board

 

Director

Farm Credit Canada

September 27, 2018

Commissioner

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

 

Members

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

September 14, 2018

Commissioners and Chairperson

International Joint Commission

 

Members (appointment to roster)

International Trade and International Investment Dispute Settlement Bodies

 

Chairperson

National Arts Centre Corporation

 

Vice-Chairperson

National Arts Centre Corporation

 

Chief Executive Officer

National Capital Commission

 

Director

National Gallery of Canada

 

Commissioner of Competition

Office of the Commissioner of Competition

 

Superintendent

Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada

 

Veterans’ Ombudsman

Office of the Veterans’ Ombudsman

 

Usher of the Black Rod

Senate

 

Chairperson

Telefilm Canada

 

Director

VIA Rail Canada Inc.

September 7, 2018

President and Chief Executive Officer

VIA Rail Canada Inc.

September 7, 2018

BANK OF CANADA

Statement of financial position as at July 31, 2018

(Millions of dollars) Unaudited

ASSETS

Cash and foreign deposits

 

20.8

Loans and receivables

Securities purchased under resale agreements

8,894.3

 

Advances

 

Other receivables

5.6

 
   

8,899.9

Investments

Treasury bills of Canada

23,845.9

 

Government of Canada bonds

81,444.1

 

Other investments

416.4

 
   

105,706.4

Property and equipment

 

580.5

Intangible assets

 

41.5

Other assets

 

199.9

 

115,449.0


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Bank notes in circulation

 

86,501.4

Deposits

Government of Canada

24,670.6

 

Members of Payments Canada

250.5

 

Other deposits

2,949.9

 
   

27,871.0

Securities sold under repurchase agreements

 

Other liabilities

 

568.3

   

114,940.7

Equity

Share capital

5.0

 

Statutory and special reserves

125.0

 

Investment revaluation reservefootnote *

378.3

 
   

508.3

115,449.0

I declare that the foregoing statement is correct according to the books of the Bank.

Ottawa, August 16, 2018

Carmen Vierula
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accountant

I declare that the foregoing statement is to the best of my knowledge and belief correct, and shows truly and clearly the financial position of the Bank, as required by section 29 of the Bank of Canada Act.

Ottawa, August 16, 2018

Stephen S. Poloz
Governor