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Request for Comments - Proposal to Implement the GHS in Canada

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Health Canada is seeking written comments from all interested parties on a proposal to repeal and replace the Controlled Products Regulations, and make consequential amendments to related regulations, to implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in Canada.

The implementation of the GHS through the proposed regulatory amendments is intended to achieve the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council commitment to align and synchronize implementation of common classification and labelling requirements for workplace hazardous chemicals within the mandate of Health Canada and the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

The proposed regulatory amendments would support the Government of Canada in facilitating international trade through common labelling and other hazard communication requirements; lowering costs for businesses and consumers by reducing the need for re-testing and re-classifying chemicals from, or for, different markets; and increasing worker protections through the adoption of a globally recognized standard for communicating the hazards associated with workplace chemicals.

In addition, amendments are being proposed to the Hazardous Materials Information Review Regulations and Hazardous Materials Information Review Act Appeal Board Procedures Regulations to reflect amendments to the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act that came into force on April 1, 2013, as a result of the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012.


This is an opportunity for the public to provide early comments and input into the proposed regulatory amendments before the regulations are pre-published in the Canada Gazette. The pre-publication process will provide an additional opportunity for public consultation on the proposed regulations.

Any person may, until September 15, 2013, provide their comments on the proposed regulatory amendments, in writing, to the address provided.

Requests to receive an electronic copy of the proposed regulations may be directed to:

Workplace Hazardous Materials Directorate, Health Canada
427 Laurier Avenue West, 7th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9

Telephone: 613-993-9167
Facsimile: 613-993-5016

Questions and requests for additional information, as well as comments on the proposed regulations may also be directed to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Directorate.