January 1, 2011 has been named as the date that sections 4(3) and 4(4) of the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 (“Act”) will take effect. Subsections 4(3) and 4(4) require toxic substance reduction plans (“TSR Plan”) to be certified, by a person qualified as prescribed by regulation, to confirm that certain estimates provided in the TSR Plan are accurate and that the TSR plan complies with the Act.

O. Reg. 455/09 does not yet prescribe the qualifications required pursuant to sections 4(3) and 4(4). However, the Ministry of the Environment posted proposed qualifications on the Environmental Registry in April of this year. Fields considered relevant to TSRP included: chemistry, biology, engineering, environmental management, environmental science, physics, toxicology, quality control, and worker health and safety, plus three to six years of work experience, or a degree in any field plus seven years of work experience. For further information see http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTA5MjQw&statusId=MTY0MTEw&language=en