The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA, 1999) requires a committee of one or both houses of Parliament to review the Act every 5 years. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development conducted its review and released its report in May 2007. The Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources is also reviewing the Act and plans to issue its report shortly.
The Government of Canada has issued an interim response to the report of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. The interim response describes the Government's main environmental protection initiatives: the Chemicals Management Plan and Turning the Corner: An Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollution. These initiatives provide the objectives for how the Government will use CEPA, 1999 over the next few years. In addition, the interim response provides preliminary responses to each of the Standing Committee's recommendations.
The interim response is available at http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/domino/reports.nsf/html/c2007menu_e.html.