The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999)

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) is one of the most important environmental laws in Canada governing the assessment and management of chemical substances. The purpose of the Act is to protect the environment, and the health and well-being of Canadians. A major part of the Act is to sustainably prevent pollution and address the potentially dangerous chemical substances to which we might be exposed.


Amendments to the Act

CEPA first became a law in 1988. A review in the 1990's further strengthened its human health and environmental protection components. To distinguish between the two, "CEPA 1999" is used to refer to the renewed Act.