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Industry Input Requested for NAFTA Renegotiations

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Industry Input Requested on NAFTA RenegotiationGlobal Affairs Canada has requested the input from industry stakeholders, amongst others, in regards to the renegotiation of NAFTA.  The notice is provided for you below.  Please note the timeline for comments is very short; comments are due on July 18, 2017.

 

Why is Canada holding consultations on the renegotiation of the North American free trade agreement (NAFTA)?

On May 18, 2017, the United States formally notified Congress of its intention to initiate negotiations related to NAFTA with Canada and Mexico. In order to prepare for the negotiations, Canada is undertaking a broad consultation process with Canadians. We want to hear from you. We need to hear your ideas, your experiences, and your priorities in these consultations. Engaging with Canadians will be an important factor in informing the Government’s positions and proposals in any renegotiation of NAFTA. It will also serve to determine Canada’s objectives and approach to the negotiations.

Who is invited to participate?

All interested Canadians are invited to share their views or comments on the renegotiation of NAFTA, including:

  • Individuals Businesses, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

  • Experts/Academics

  • Civil society organizations and not-for-profit organizations

  • Labour unions

  • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments

  • Indigenous peoples

  • Students and youth

  • Any other interested Canadians

What will be the focus of consultations?

We are interested in hearing about what aspects or elements of NAFTA have worked well for Canadians and should remain as is and where changes or improvements could be desirable. A Canada Gazette notice on consultations on the renegotiation of the NAFTA provides background information on the NAFTA initiative, and lists areas for which the government is seeking your views. For those who wish to provide their views directly online, complete the consultation form.

How do I participate?

The Government of Canada is seeking the views of all interested Canadians. There are different ways you can participate in these consultations:

  • Provide a written submission in response to the Canada Gazette Notice until July 18, 2017, using one of these options:

    • Send your submission by email: NAFTA-Consultations-ALENA@international.gc.ca

    • Or mail to: NAFTA Consultations Global Affairs Canada Trade Negotiations – North America (TNP) Lester B. Pearson Building 125 Sussex Drive Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2

  • Complete the online consultation form on the renegotiation of NAFTA.

Comments must be submitted by July 18, 2017.

TDG Regulations Amended & Proposed Changes to Part 12

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TDGR Amended and Part 12 Air Proposed ChangesThe TDG Regulations have been amended to adopt the International Update of 2016. This updated version of the TDG (SOR/2017-137) was published in Part II of the Canada Gazette on July 12, 2017 and are now in effect.

Transport Canada has provided a summary of the changes and the link to the Gazette publication at the following URL:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/clear-modifications-adopted-90.htm?mc_cid=f85c1e4d6e&mc_eid=b070e54672

The majority of changes are to bring the TDG in line with international legislation and standards.

Proposed Changes to Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air: Part 12

Transport Canada is proposing changes to Part 12 of the TDGR, including amendments to transportation to or from remote areas (‘Limited Access’ Provisions) and aerial work. More information, including consultation documents, can be found at http://www.letstalktransportation.ca/part12air

Comments will be accepted until August 8, 2017 and can be submitted via email to TC.TDGRegulatoryProposal-TMDPropositionReglementaire.TC@tc.gc.ca

If you have any questions regarding the amended TDGR or the proposed changes to Part 12, please contact Mark Roehler.

LEHDER Awarded Outstanding Business Achievement Award

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OLEHDER Awarded Outstanding Business Achievement Awardn June 16, 2017, LEHDER was honoured to be recognized by our business community as the recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Business Achievement Award for Employee Relations from the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.  LEHDER Principals Mark Roehler and Peter Pakalnis were present to accept the award. This award reflects the commitment of LEHDER's Principals to putting their employees first.

When the four founding members of LEHDER determined their corporate culture, they wanted to create an environment that they would like to work at as employees. It had to be a positive, constructive and fun environment in which one would be proud to work for their entire career. Since LEHDER’s inception, this mandate has not changed.

 To learn how LEHDER has supported this mandate through their corporate culture, a copy of our award submission is provided below.

LEHDER's 2017 OBAA Employee Relations Award Submission LEHDER's 2017 OBAA Employee Relations Award Submission (774 KB)


LEHDER also sponsors the Social Profit of the Year OBAA and we were exceptionally pleased to present the award to Sarnia Rebound during the ceremony.  Our congratulations to all the nominees in both categories!


LEHDER Principal Mark Roehler - Threads of Life Profile

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Mark Roehler - Threads of Life ProfileSince 2010, LEHDER Principal Mark Roehler has been a volunteer with the Threads of Life and an integral committee member of the Steps for Life fundraising walk held each year in Sarnia.  As Chairman for the 2017 walk, Mark worked tirelessly with the committee since September to ensure the 2017 walk was successful.  Threads of Life profile Mark's volunteer efforts this year - the full article can be viewed at http://threadsoflife.ca/i-cherish-those-moments/

Congratulations to Mark and the Steps for Life Walk committee for another successful year!

New Transition Timelines for Hazardous Products Regulation and WHMIS 2015

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New Transition Timelines for HPR and WHMIS 2015On May 24, 2017, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau issued an electronic notification regarding the delay of the requirement for companies to transition to WHMIS 2015.  The full communication is provided below.

On February 11, 2015, the Government of Canada published the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) in the Canada Gazette, Part II. These regulations, combined with amendments to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA), modified the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 1988 to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling for Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals in Canada. This modified WHMIS is referred to as WHMIS 2015.

The transition to WHMIS 2015 included a three-stage transition period that is synchronized nationally across federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions. However, Orders in Council have recently been approved to defer two of the milestones for transition. These Orders will be published in the Canada Gazette Part II shortly. In the interim, suppliers should be aware of the new transition deadlines. Manufacturers and importers now have until June 1, 2018 to comply with the HPR. The deadline of June 1, 2017 has been delayed by one year to June 1, 2018. The second deadline of June 1, 2018 has been delayed by three months to September 1, 2018.

The target deadline set for employers by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) agencies responsible for occupational safety and health (OSH) in the workplace remains unchanged at December 1, 2018.

For information on employer WHMIS requirements set out by FPT OSH agencies, contact the agency in your jurisdiction. Specific WHMIS requirements for any jurisdiction can also be found at WHMIS.org. These Orders extend the periods during which suppliers can comply with either the Controlled Products Regulations (WHMIS 1988) or the HPR (WHMIS 2015). The Orders and a Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) will be published in the Canada Gazette Part II shortly.

This Order and the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS), SOR/2017-92 and SOR/2017-93, were published in the Canada Gazette Part II on May 31, 2017. The Gazette publication can be viewed here:

http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2017/2017-05-31/html/sor-dors92-eng.php

http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2017/2017-05-31/html/sor-dors93-eng.php

If you have any questions in regards to the Hazardous Products Regulation or WHMIS, please contact Mark Roehler.

 

MSAPR Part 1 Classification Clarifications for June Reporting Deadline

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On May 30, 2017, clarification in regards to classification reporting for the June 17, 2017 reporting deadline for MSAPR Part 1 was released.

  • ECCC has received questions on the timelines associated with submitting a classification report by classifying equipment using the provisions 34(1)(b)(iii), 34(1)(b)(iv) and 34(1)(b)(v). To clarify, equipment classified using provisions 34(1)(b)(iii), 34(1)(b)(iv) and 34(1)(b)(v) have 18 months as set out in 41(1)(a) to submit their classification report given that they are relying on the determination given by a CEMS or stack test. It is important to note that the reference period for testing is 12 months.

  • If you are unable to obtain the equipment serial number, please indicate “Unable to obtain, see comments below” in the Serial Number field of the MSAPR Online Reporting Tool. Then, provide your justification on why you were unable to obtain the serial number in the Additional Comments field.

  • If you are unable to obtain the complete equipment commissioning date, please indicate “January 1st” the commissioning year of your equipment and provide your justification in the Additional Comments field.

For additional information or clarification, the Combustion Unit with Environment and Climate Change Canada can be reached at ec.combustion.ec@canada.ca.

For more information on the MSAPR, please contact Pete Pakalnis.

Proposed Emission Regulations for Oil & Gas Industry

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ECCC Proposed Regulations for CH4 and VOCs for Oil & Gas IndustryOn May 25, 2017, Environment and and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) issued a news release regarding the proposed methane and VOC emission regulations for the oil and gas sector. These proposed regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on May 27, 2017 for a 60 day comments period; comments will be accepted until July 27, 2017.

The full ECCC news release, including quick facts and links to the backgrounders on the proposed regulations, can be viewed here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/2017/05/canada_to_reduceemissionsfromoilandgasindustry.html

Quick links to the proposal technical backgrounders are available below:

Proposed regulations to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector

Proposed regulations to reduce the release of volatile organic compounds (petroleum sector)

For questions on how these regulations may impact your facility, please contact Marnie Freer.

MSAPR Part 1 - Signature Declaration Template and Additional Webinars Scheduled

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MSAPR Part 1 Online Reporting ApplicationOn April 27, 2016, the Online Reporting Application was released for the Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations (MSAPR) Part 1 - Boilers and Heaters for the June reporting requirements; the application is accessed through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window (SWIM) reporting platform.  It is important to note that pursuant to Section 120 of the MSAPR, the use of the online reporting tool is mandatory.  The Application will be updated later this year  to accommodate future online reporting requirements (e.g. annual reports).

Webinars demonstrating the online Reporting Application were completed in early May.  During these sessions, a request was made in regards to the acceptable format for the signature of the authorized official.  In response, a template was provided by the Electricity and Combustion Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada.  A copy of this template is provided below:

MSAPR Part 1 Signature Declaration Template MSAPR Part 1 Signature Declaration Template (29 KB)


Due to the popularity of the webinars demonstrating the Online Reporting Application, an additional session in both English and French have been scheduled.  There is no need to pre-register for these webinars.


 Date

Time

Language

WebEx Link

Wednesday May 24, 2017

12:00 (EST)

  English

https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee8b1e214b969f2c3951beef7eaf99ed8

Thursday   May 25, 2017

12:00 (EST)

  French

https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4bd3318e6f6eeb1e4ea70677f907a8b3


Copies of the instructional documents for SWIM entry are provided below.

MSAPR Part 1 - Online Reporting Application Instructions (English) MSAPR Part 1 - Online Reporting Application Instructions (English) (146 KB)



MSAPR Part 1 - Online Reporting Application Instructions (French) MSAPR Part 1 - Online Reporting Application Instructions (French) (123 KB)


Additional questions can be forwarded to ec.combustion.ec@canada.ca.

For additional information in regards to the MSAPR, please contact Pete Pakalnis.

CEPA Notice to Provide Information for Risk Management of Specific Substances

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CEPA 1999 Substances Information Request for Summer 2017On April 1, 2017, pursuant to CEPA 1999, paragraph 71(1)(b), notices were posted in the Canada Gazette, Part I, Vol. 151, No. 13 in regards to information required for the assessment of certain toxic substances for substances manufactured, imported or used in 2015 and 2016. 

Information is required to be submitted through Environment and Climate Change's Single Window (SWIM) system for applicable substances by the required date.  A brief overview of the Summer 2017 requirements is provided below, please refer to the Canada Gazette notice for complete information and further details on the Fall 2017 requirements.

Inquiries concerning the notice may be directed to the Substances Management Information Line at 1-800-567-1999 (toll free in Canada), 819-938-3232 (outside of Canada), or via email to eccc.substances.eccc@canada.ca.

Notice to provide information for the risk management of certain substances — Summer 2017

Notice to provide information for the risk management of certain substances — Fall 2017

Summer 2017

Information pertaining to applicable substances listed in Schedule 1 for the summer notice are required to be provided no later than June 28, 2017, 3 p.m. (EST). Please refer to the Canada Gazette notice for complete information.

Schedule 1 (Substances) & Schedule 2 (Applicability)


Part 1 - Hexavalent Chromium Compounds

This notice applies to any person who, during the 2015 or 2016 calendar year:

  • manufactured a total quantity greater than 25 kg;
  • imported a total quantity greater than 25 kg whether alone, in a mixture or in a product at a concentration equal to or above 0.1% by weight (w/w%);
  • used a total quantity greater than 25 kg, whether the substance was used alone, in a mixture or in a product at a concentration equal to or above 0.1% by weight (w/w%), for chromium electroplating, chromium anodizing or reverse etching.

Part 2 - 2-Propanone Substances

This notice applies to any person who, during the 2015 or 2016 calendar year:

  • manufactured a total quantity greater than 100 kg;
  • imported a total quantity greater than 100 kg whether alone, in a mixture or in a product at a concentration equal to or above 0.1% by weight (w/w%);
  • used a total quantity greater than 100 kg whether the substance was used alone, in a mixture or in a product at a concentration equal to or above 0.1% by weight (w/w%) in the manufacture of a mixture, a product, or a manufactured item.

Part 3 - Common Names Dechlorane Plus, DP, DBDPE or DecaBDE

This notice applies to any person who, during the 2015 or 2016 calendar year:

  • manufactured a total quantity greater than 100 kg;
  • imported a total quantity greater than 100 kg of a substance at a concentration equal to or above 0.1% by weight (w/w%), whether  
    • alone, in a mixture, or in a product; or
    • in a manufactured item that is
      •  a vehicle, aircraft or watercraft, or a part contained therein,
      • a construction material,
      • a carpet, vinyl or laminate flooring, or foam underlay for flooring,
      • a cable, a wire, an appliance, or an electrical device or equipment,
      • a rubber conveyor belt,
      • a plastic pallet, other than a plastic pallet used to import other goods, or
      • clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture or furnishing if the substance is contained in a foam, leather, textile fibre, yarn or fabric;
  • used a total quantity greater than 100 kg whether the substance was used alone, in a mixture or in a product at a concentration equal to or above 0.1% by weight (w/w%) in the manufacture of a mixture, a product, or a manufactured item.

Part 4 - Refractory Ceramic Fibres

This notice applies to any person who, during the 2015 or 2016 calendar year:

  • manufactured a total quantity greater than 100 kg;
  • imported a total quantity greater than 100 kg whether alone, in a mixture or in a product at a concentration equal to or above 0.1% by weight (w/w%);
  • used a total quantity greater than 1000 kg whether the substance was used alone, in a mixture or in a product at a concentration equal to or above 0.1% by weight (w/w%) whether the substance was used alone, in a mixture, or in a product.

If an applicable substance above met the criteria for both 2015 and 2016, only the information for 2016 is required to be provided.  If the criteria was met for only the 2015 calendar year, the 2015 information is only required.

Exemptions to the criteria above can be located in Schedule 2 (11) and information required to be submitted under Schedule 3 is provided in Schedule 2 (12).  Schedule 3 provides the specific information required for reporting.

Information pertaining to applicable substances listed in Schedule 1 for the summer notice are required to be provided no later than June 28, 2017, 3 p.m. (EST).

For additional information in regards to this notice, please contact Marnie Freer.

LEHDER to Host AWMA Breakfast Series on Environmental Toxicological Assessments with the New EASR Regulation

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AWMA Ontario SectionLEHDER is pleased to be hosting the AWMA Breakfast Series teleconference session on June 1, 2017. 

The Sarnia Breakfast will teleconference into the session taking place in Hamilton.  

The Toxicological Assessments with the New EASR Regulation session on will be presented by Tania Onica and Brianne Attard with the Human Toxicology and Air Standards Section of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

This presentation is an introduction to toxicological assessments of contaminants without limits. It covers the screening process using the Ministry's Air Contaminants Benchmark (ACB) List and provides a general overview of the elements of a toxicological assessment of contaminants in air. At the end of this session, participants will be able to more effectively screen out contaminants using the ACB list and will have a better understanding of the components of a toxicological assessment.

TIMES:

Sign-In and Breakfast - 7:30 A.M. (Please email us with any food allergies or restrictions one week prior to your registered session).

Presentation - 8:00 A.M. until 9:00 A.M.

LOCATION:  SESSION COSTS: 
 
LEHDER Environmental Services Limited
Suite 210, 704 Mara Street
Point Edward, Ontario
N7V 1X4
Contact: Shawna Graham
Tel: 519-336-4101 ext 252
$30 AWMA Member
$40 Non-member
$10 AWMA Student Member
$15 Student Non-Member
$5 No prior notification surcharge

REGISTRATION & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

For additional information and to register for this session, please visit:

Toxicological Assessments with the New EASR Regulation
http://awma.on.ca/breakfast-meetings/sarnia-breakfast-series

Online registration requires payment via PayPal.   You may also pay cash at the door; funds will be forwarded to AWMA and a receipt will be provided.  To prevent the "$5 no prior notification surcharge" please email us if you are attending so the necessary arrangements can be made.