CEPA reform: outstanding issues...

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 is the cornerstone of Canada's environmental legislation. CEPA provides the legislative framework necessary to protect human health and the environment from pollution and toxic substances. As you know, Breast cancer action Quebec, along with the members of the Coalition for Action on Toxics, has been working for several years now to reform this law. On June 14, 2023, Bill S-5 received Royal Assent, strengthening CEPA by adding the right to a healthy environment and updating the regulation of toxic substances. 

While Bill S-5 marked an important milestone in CEPA reform, much remains to be done. 

To know more about the subject:


Several environmental and health advocacy groups met on February 2 (at the invitation of Coalition for Actions on Toxics) to discuss the implementation framework of the Right to a Healthy Environment in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Our director Maria Anney took part in an exchange on environmental justice as part of this event. She emphasized the importance of an assertive approach to dismantling systemic racism through a lens based on issues of justice and equity. Participants also focused on how the government intends to measure the impacts of the Right to a Healthy Environment on the rights of indigenous peoples, and how they can ensure the participation of equity-seeking groups throughout the process of implementing such a right. 

We'll be continuing our analysis and discussions within the Coalition for Actions on toxics of which we're a member, and we'll get back to you with details of upcoming mobilizations! 

Just a very small sample of our fight for stronger toxic regulations

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