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September 2, 2021
environmental protection

Unconstitutional and Not Based in Science? The Federal Regulation of Plastic as a Toxic Substance

On May 12, 2021, after a period of public and stakeholder consultation, the Canadian government added “plastic manufactured items” to the List of Toxic Substances at […]
June 18, 2021
Blue Box Regulation

Full producer responsibility: Ontario releases final Blue Box regulation

On June 3, 2021, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released the finalized Blue Box regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (the RRCEA). […]
June 1, 2021
Competition

The Role of Competition Law in a Circular Economy

Provinces across Canada have introduced reforms to their product stewardship policies to address the inefficiencies of government-run recycling programs. To incentivize innovation and the re-use of […]
April 16, 2021

Twenty-First Century Environmental Law: Modernizing the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

On April 13, 2021, the Government of Canada introduced before Parliament Bill C-28. This Bill seeks to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 [1] (“CEPA” […]
March 3, 2021
environmental claims

Environmental Claims in Labels: What You Need to Know to Avoid a Lawsuit

With increasing consumer interest in purchasing “environmentally-friendly” products, the risk of liability for companies making false or misleading environmental claims on packaging also increases. Companies looking […]
November 6, 2020

Ontario’s blue box transition: Bringing individual producer responsibility to packaging

On October 19, 2020, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released a proposed regulation to govern the Ontario blue box program under the Resource […]
November 6, 2020

When Theory Meets Practice: Lessons from Decades of Packaging EPR Experiences in Europe

Ontario is undertaking a transition to full extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and paper products under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (the “RRCEA”). […]
November 6, 2020
toxic plastic CEPA

Commentary: Listing Plastics as Toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act

On October 7, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced a preliminary list of single-use plastic items the federal government seeks to ban by next year. […]