On January 1, 2010, the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 came into force, with some exceptions, requiring facilities in designated manufacturing and mineral processing sectors to:

  • track and quantify the toxic substances they use, create or release (“toxic substances” are those listed in Schedule 1 of the National Pollutant Release Inventory as well as acetone);
  • prepare a toxic substance reduction plan for each substance identified above;
  • prepare summaries of the plans and make them available to the public;
  • report to the Ministry of Environment on their progress in reducing toxic substances.

Provisions of the Act not proclaimed in force on January 1, 2010 primarily deal with administrative monetary penalties, while other provisions not currently in force include the requirement to have plans certified by a person designated by regulation and provisions dealing with substance of concern reports.

At the moment, reporting to the Ministry under the Act is mandatory, while implementation of a toxics reduction plan remains discretionary.

To view the act in its entirety, please see