Canada | Delayed Publication of Final Regulations on Prohibition of Toxic Substances by Canada
In an update to WTO Members (G/TBT/N/CAN/673/Add.1), the Government of Canada has announced a delay in the publication of the final Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2022. Initially anticipated for release in 2023, the final Regulations are now expected to be unveiled in the summer of 2024 at the earliest.
The proposed Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2022, were made public by the Canadian government on May 14, 2022. This release was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, and opened a 75-day window for public comments, which concluded on July 28, 2022. These proposed Regulations are intended to supersede the existing Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012, upon the commencement of the final Regulations.
The scope of the proposed Regulations encompasses the tightening of restrictions on various categories of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, as well as two types of flame retardants and products containing them. The proposed amendments include the addition of two more flame retardants and their associated products to the list of restricted items.