Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 156, Number 38: GOVERNMENT NOTICES

September 17, 2022



Interest rates

In accordance with subsection 13(3) of the Canada Student Loans Regulations, notice is hereby given that, pursuant to subsections 13(1) and 13(2) respectively, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion has fixed the Class “A” rate of interest at 2.125% and the Class “B” rate of interest at 3.125% for the loan year of August 1, 2022, to July 31, 2023.

Note that, as per Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1., during the period that begins on April 1, 2021, and ends on March 31, 2023, no interest is payable by a borrower on a guaranteed student loan.

Atiq Rahman
Assistant Deputy Minister
Learning Branch


Public consultation in preparation for the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

This Notice of Intent is to inform Canadians that the Department of the Environment (the Department) would like to seek feedback on the proposals of wildlife species and working documents that will be discussed at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

CITES is the international convention that ensures international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Canada has been a Party to CITES since 1975. The Conference of the Parties (CoP) is the primary decision-making body of CITES, and decisions made at CoP meetings include amendments to the list of species regulated under CITES as well as decisions on administrative matters. CoP19 will take place from November 14, 2022, to 25, 2022, in Panama City, Panama.

Final decisions on the proposals for amendments to Appendices I and II of CITES adopted at CoPs are implemented domestically in Schedule I of the Wild Animal and Plant Trade Regulations (WAPTR) pursuant to section 21 of the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA).

The Department, as the lead department responsible for the implementation of CITES in Canada, coordinates consultations with the public and stakeholders in preparation for CoP meetings. Details of the public consultation process for CoP19 are posted on the Government of Canada website.

The purpose of this notice is to notify the Canadian public that there will be two opportunities to provide input on species proposals and working documents submitted for CoP19. First, on September 17, 2022, these documents will be published and made accessible through the Government of Canada website via a link to the CITES Secretariat website, with the consultation period closing on October 16, 2022.

Second, two virtual public meetings, one in English on September 28, 2022, and one in French on September 29, 2022, will also be held. Interested parties who wish to receive an invitation to one of the public consultation meetings can send an email to the CITES International Team, Canadian Wildlife Service, Department of the Environment, at

Input received from these consultations will inform the official positions of Canada at CoP19.

Julie Spallin
Director General
Wildlife Management Directorate
Canadian Wildlife Service



Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality - Dimethoate and Omethoate

Pursuant to subsection 55(3) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Minister of Health hereby gives notice of the final Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality - Dimethoate and Omethoate. The technical document for these guidelines is available on the Water Quality website. This document underwent a public consultation period of 60 days that ended in August 2021 and was updated taking into consideration the comments received.

September 17, 2022

Greg Carreau
Director General
Safe Environments Directorate
On behalf of the Minister of Health


Guideline value

The maximum acceptable concentration (MAC) for dimethoate and omethoate in drinking water is 0.02 mg/L (20 μg/L).

The toxicological effects of dimethoate are the result of omethoate, its oxygen analogue metabolite (oxon). Since omethoate can be formed through the environmental degradation of dimethoate or during treatment of water containing dimethoate, an additive approach should be taken in which the sum of the detected concentrations of dimethoate and omethoate (expressed as a dimethoate equivalent value) does not exceed the MAC for dimethoate.

Executive summary

This guideline technical document was prepared in collaboration with the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water and is based on assessments of dimethoate (which included an assessment of omethoate) completed by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency and supporting documents.


Canadians can be exposed to dimethoate through their diet, through occupational exposure and, to a lesser extent, through drinking water. Dimethoate is a broad spectrum organophosphate pesticide used to control a wide range of insects and mites on both agricultural and non-agricultural sites. In 2018 (the most recent year for which data are available), more than 25 000 kg of dimethoate as an active ingredient were sold in Canada. Dimethoate can be released into the environment as spray drift during application. Although water-soluble, it rapidly breaks down and is non-persistent in the environment; therefore, it is unlikely to contaminate groundwater.

Dimethoate is not usually found in drinking water sources in Canada, although low levels of dimethoate have been found in a few Canadian provinces. The maximum reported concentration was well below the MAC.

Omethoate is a breakdown product of dimethoate in the environment. It is also produced during treatment of source water containing dimethoate. However, limited Canadian water monitoring data did not report any omethoate samples above the detection limit.

Health effects

Dimethoate primarily targets the nervous system through its metabolite, omethoate, which is more toxic than dimethoate. Dimethoate has also been found to cause increased offspring deaths in animals.

Analytical and treatment considerations

The development of drinking water guidelines takes into consideration the ability to both measure the contaminant and remove it from drinking water supplies. Several analytical methods are available for measuring dimethoate and omethoate in drinking water at concentrations well below the MAC.

At the municipal level, treatment technologies that are available to effectively decrease dimethoate from drinking water include activated carbon adsorption, oxidation, membrane filtration and biological processes. These treatment technologies are capable of achieving treated water concentrations well below the MAC. Although dimethoate may be removed using common oxidants used for disinfection (e.g. chlorine), utilities should ensure that they minimize the formation of by-products, such as omethoate, without compromising the effectiveness of disinfection.

In cases where dimethoate removal is desired at a small or household level, for example, when the drinking water supply is from a private well, a residential drinking water treatment unit may be an option. Although there are no treatment units currently certified for the removal of dimethoate from drinking water, activated carbon adsorption and reverse osmosis technologies are expected to be effective. Since these technologies do not result in the formation of omethoate, only removal of dimethoate is needed at the residential scale. When using a residential drinking water treatment unit, it is important to take samples of water entering and leaving the treatment unit and to send them to an accredited laboratory for analysis to ensure that adequate dimethoate removal is occurring.

Application of the guidelines

Note: Specific guidance related to the implementation of drinking water guidelines should be obtained from the appropriate drinking water authority.

The guideline value for dimethoate and the additive approach for omethoate are protective against health effects from exposure to dimethoate and omethoate in drinking water over a lifetime. Any exceedance of the MAC should be investigated and followed by the appropriate corrective actions, if required. For exceedances in source water where there is no treatment in place, additional monitoring to confirm the exceedance should be conducted. If it is confirmed that source water dimethoate concentrations are above the MAC, an investigation to determine the most appropriate means to reduce exposure to dimethoate should be conducted. These means may include use of an alternate water supply or installation of treatment. Where treatment is already in place and an exceedance occurs, an investigation should be conducted to verify treatment and to determine whether adjustments are needed to lower the treated water concentration below the MAC. When oxidation processes are used to degrade dimethoate, omethoate monitoring should also be conducted to ensure that the sum of their concentrations, calculated using the additive approach, is below the MAC.



Notice of suspension of Fundamental Decisions of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board

On July 28, 2022, the Minister of Natural Resources received notice of three Fundamental Decisions from the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board related to the 2022 Calls for Bids, including the following:

  1. The making of a Call for Bids (NS22-1);
  2. The Terms and Conditions of an Exploration Licence; and
  3. The Terms and Conditions of a Significant Discovery Licence.

Pursuant to section 34 of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act, the Minister of Natural Resources suspended the implementation of these Fundamental Decisions for a period ending September 26, 2022.

Annette Tobin
Acting Senior Director
Offshore Petroleum Management Division
On behalf of the Minister of Natural Resources


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.

Governor in Council appointment opportunities
Position Organization Closing date
Director Bank of Canada  
Director Business Development Bank of Canada  
Chairperson Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal  
Director Canada Development Investment Corporation  
Director Canada Foundation for Sustainable Development Technology  
Chairperson Canada Lands Company Limited  
Member Canada–Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board  
Chairperson Canadian Air Transport Security Authority  
Director Canadian Commercial Corporation  
Member Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board  
Chairperson Canadian High Arctic Research Station  
Member Canadian High Arctic Research Station  
Vice-Chairperson Canadian High Arctic Research Station  
Chief Commissioner Canadian Human Rights Commission  
Member Canadian Human Rights Commission  
Member Canadian Human Rights Tribunal  
Secretary Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat  
Trustee Canadian Museum for Human Rights  
Director Canadian Museum of History  
Chairperson Canadian Museum of Nature  
Chairperson Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission  
Vice-Chairperson Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission  
Member Canadian Transportation Agency  
Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia Department of Canadian Heritage  
Chairperson Export Development Canada  
Director Export Development Canada  
President Farm Credit Canada  
Director First Nations Financial Management Board  
Member Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada  
Commissioner International Commission on the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas  
Chairperson Invest in Canada Hub  
Chief Executive Officer Invest in Canada Hub  
Director Invest in Canada Hub  
Commissioner Law Commission of Canada  
President Law Commission of Canada  
Chairperson National Arts Centre Corporation  
Member National Capital Commission  
Member National Farm Products Council  
Vice-Chairperson National Farm Products Council  
Government Film Commissioner National Film Board  
Trustee National Museum of Science and Technology  
Member Net-Zero Advisory Body  
Canadian Representative North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization  
Canadian Representative North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission  
Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime  
Member Pacific Pilotage Authority  
Chairperson Patented Medicine Prices Review Board  
Member Payments in Lieu of Taxes Dispute Advisory Panel  
Chairperson Royal Canadian Mounted Police Management Advisory Board  
Member Royal Canadian Mounted Police Management Advisory Board  
Vice-Chairperson Royal Canadian Mounted Police Management Advisory Board  
Deputy Registrar Supreme Court of Canada  
Executive Director Telefilm Canada