Current Regulations

Regulations Amending the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 (for the addition of 5 substances) (SOR/2016-252)

The Regulations Amending the Prohibition of Certain Substances Regulations, 2012 amend the Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012, to include five additional substances:

  1. hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD);
  2. perfluorooctanoic acid, its salts, and its precursors (PFOA);
  3. perfluorocarboxylic acids, their salts, and their precursors (LC-PFCAs);
  4. polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs);
  5. perfluorooctane sulfonate, its salts and its precursors (PFOS).

Final screening assessments conducted by Environment and Climate Change Canada concluded that HBCD, PFOA, LC-PFCAs, PBDEs, and PFOS are toxic to the environment, as per the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA).

Prior to these amendments, there were no risk management instruments in place respecting preventative or control actions for HBCD in Canada. The manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale or import of HBCD, as well as expanded and extruded foams and their intermediary products containing HBCD used in building/construction applications are prohibited as of January 1, 2017.

In the case of PFOA and LC-PFCAs, early risk management actions have been taken. The manufacture, use, sale, offer for sale, or import of PFOA and LC-PFCAs are prohibited unless the substances are present in manufactured items, from the coming into force of the amendments. The on-going use, sale, offer for sale and import of these substances in aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF) used in fire protection applications are allowed. In addition, a temporary permitted use is allowed for these substances in water-based inks and photo media coatings until the end of 2016.

PBDEs and PFOS are substances that are currently managed under the Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether Regulations and the Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and its Salts and Certain Other Compounds Regulations respectively. The scope of the existing prohibitions for PBDEs is expanded to cover all PBDEs (including decaBDE) unless present in manufactured items. In the case of PFOS, similar regulatory requirements are maintained while certain exemptions are revised.

The amended Regulations also include changes to improve clarity and consistency of the regulatory text.

Contact Information:

Chemicals Management Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St.-Joseph Blvd
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
Phone number: 819-938-3860 or/ou 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only / au Canada seulement)
Email address:

Publication Information:

Canada Gazette Date published Volume and number
Part 1: 2015-04-02 Vol. 149, No. 4
Part 2: 2016-10-05 Vol. 150, No. 20

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