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Environmental and Workplace Health

Consultations

Health Canada recognizes that one of the key challenges in governance today is meaningful public involvement in policy and programme development, service delivery, and legislative and regulatory initiatives. Canadians are better educated and informed than ever before, and they expect to have a say in public policy decision-making. On this page, you will find an overview of current public consultations in which you can take part, and you can find out about past consultations as well.

What Information is Available

This section provides information on consultation opportunities going on in the area of Environmental and Workplace Health.

Find more information on the departmental consultation activities.

Air Quality

Health Canada seeks to address the risk to health posed by indoor and outdoor air pollutants.

Comments should be forwarded to the Air Quality Divisions. For our records, and in order to contact you, should we require any clarification of the comments, we ask that you include your name, affiliation, email address or telephone number.

Learn more about our commitment to your privacy.

Current Consultations

There are currently no consultations.

Past Consultations

2015

2012

  • Public Consultation on Proposed Residential Indoor Air Quality Guideline for Naphthalene

2011

  • Public Consultation on Proposed Guidance for Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) in Residential Indoor Air

2010

  • Public Consultation on Proposed Residential Indoor Air Quality Guideline for Toluene

2009

  • Proposed Residential Indoor Air Quality Guideline for Carbon Monoxide
  • Proposed Residential Indoor Air Quality Guideline for Ozone

2008

  • Draft Document Human Health Risk Assessment for Inhaled Manganese

Existing Substances

Health Canada is responsible for the assessment and management of potential risks to human health posed by existing substances in Canada under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). The Existing Substances Risk Assessment Bureau and the Risk Management Bureau conduct this work within Health Canada.

Comments should be forwarded to the Existing Substances Risk Assessment Bureau or to the Risk Management Bureau. For our records, and in order to contact you, should we require any clarification of the comments, we ask that you include your name, affiliation, email address or telephone number.

Learn more about our commitment to your privacy.

Current Consultations

There are currently no consultations.

Past Consultations

2015

2013

2005

Noise

Health Canada is working with Statistics Canada and other external experts possessing expertise in areas including noise, health assessment, clinical medicine and epidemiology, to design a research study that will explore the relationship between wind turbine noise and the extent of health effects reported by, and objectively measured in, those living near wind power developments. The research design for this Health Canada study is being posted for a 30-day comment period to allow public review and input. Learn more about the Health Canada Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study. Comments should be forwarded to wind.turbine.health.study@hc-sc.gc.ca.

Current Consultations

There are currently no consultations.

Past Consultations

2013

2012

Radiation

Comments should be forwarded to the Radiation Protection Bureau or Consumer and Clinical Radiation Protection Bureau, as appropriate. For our records, and in order to contact you, should we require any clarification of the comments, we ask that you include your name, affiliation, email address or telephone number.

Current Consultations

2016

Past Consultations

2014

2013

2012

2011

Radon

Health Canada's Radiation Protection Bureau has a mandate to promote and protect the health of Canadians by assessing and managing the risks posed by radiation exposure in living, working and recreational environments. Through research we assess health risks and impacts of ionizing radiation, such as radon.

Comments should be forwarded to the Radiation Protection Bureau. For our records, and in order to contact you, should we require any clarification of the comments, we ask that you include your name, affiliation, email address or telephone number.

Learn more about our commitment to your privacy.

Current Consultations

There are currently no consultations.

Past Consultations

2006

Water Quality

Comments should be forwarded to the Water Quality Divisions. For our records, and in order to contact you, should we require any clarification of the comments, we ask that you include your name, affiliation, email address or telephone number.

Learn more about our commitment to your privacy.

Following each consultation, the guideline technical document will be revised and posted on the Health Canada website. A summary of the comments received and how they have been addressed will be available upon request.

Current Consultations

Past Consultations

Past consultation documents are available upon request. Please forward requests to the Water and Air Quality Bureau and be sure to include the title of the consultation document you are requesting.

2016

2015

2014

2013

  • Selenium in Drinking Water
  • 1,2-Dichloroethane in Drinking Water
  • Ammonia in Drinking Water
  • Nitrate and Nitrite in Drinking Water

2012

  • Guidance on Waterborne Bacterial Pathogens
  • Vinyl Chloride in Drinking Water
  • Turbidity in Drinking Water

2011

  • Escherichia coli in Drinking Water
  • Total Coliforms in Drinking Water
  • Guidance on the use of Heterotrophic Plate Counts in Canadian Drinking Water Supplies
  • Enteric Protozoa: Giardia and Cryptosporidium

2006

  • Haloacetic Acids
  • Radiological characteristics of drinking water

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

Current Consultations

There are currently no consultations.

Past Consultations

2013