Environment and Climate Change Minster Jonathan Wilkinson says new legislation aims to give Canadians the right to live in a healthy environment.
The proposed amendment is included in a new bill introduced in the House of Commons today, C-28, which would strengthen The Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
Make tougher rules for managing chemicals and provide more information to consumers about products containing toxic substances through mandatory labelling.— Jonathan Wilkinson 🇨🇦 (@JonathanWNV) April 13, 2021
The minister says the environmental law hasn't been updated in decades.
A previous review of the legislation made 87 recommendations, 35 of which were included in the bill, including recognizing the right to a healthy environment.
Wilkinson says this is not a symbolic move, but ensures the government will focus on protecting vulnerable populations, like pregnant women and Indigenous peoples.
He says the bill focuses on stronger chemical management and mandatory labelling.