Pollution and Waste
The world’s population is experiencing unprecedented growth and, for many, living standards are increasing too. The demands being placed on our environment are relentless – accelerated use of natural resources, increased production, spreading urbanization – and the result is more waste and pollution.
Environment Canada works with businesses, industry, other levels of government, non-governmental organizations and citizens to manage and reduce pollution and waste. The department is committed to ensuring our air, water and land are protected for generations to come.
Learn about major pollutants and toxic substances and what Environment Canada is doing to reduce and eliminate them.
- Pollution Sources
Many pollutants come from human activity – find out how the Government of Canada balances the everyday needs of Canadians with environmental protection goals.
- Managing Pollution
Find out how Environment Canada reduces the impact harmful substances have on human health and our environment.
- Pollution Prevention
Discover the economic and environmental benefits of pollution prevention.
- Managing and Reducing Waste
Learn how Environment Canada encourages environmentally-sound waste management.
- Acts, Regulations and Agreements
Learn about the acts, regulations and agreements put in place to protect our environment.
- Taking Action
Find out what you can do to reduce pollution and waste.
Environment Canada offers a wide range of publications about pollution and waste issues and management.
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