October 17, 2023
The Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) has previously sent out communications regarding a proposed amendment to the Products Containing Mercury Regulation.
The proposed regulation would impact the sale of lighting that contains mercury. EFC’s Lighting Business Section (Lighting Manufacturers) provided written comments during the public consultation phase, and at the request of the Ministry, lighting manufacturers had a meeting with the Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC). The revised regulation has not been published, and stakeholders have expressed concern that December 31, 2023 is the proposed effective date of the amendment.
Electro Federation Canada sought confirmation of the implementation date with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada and was informed that December 31, 2023, will not be the effective date for the amended regulations. The final amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II between January and June 2024.
As the amendments are being finalized, ECCC cannot commit to providing a minimum of 12 months lead time to enforce the prohibitions once the final amendment is published. The Ministry does comprehend and acknowledge the need for a reasonable delay to allow for the industry to adapt to the new requirements.
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