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Canada-Wide Standards Program

The Canada-wide Environmental Standards Sub-Agreement is a framework for federal, provincial, and territorial Environment Ministers to work together to address key environmental protection and health risk reduction issues that require common environmental standards across the country.

The current Canada-wide standards (CWSs) that have been developed or are in the process of being developed are for: fine particulate matter and ozone; mercury; benzene; dioxins and furans; and, petroleum hydrocarbons. These standards are being developed with the participation of a variety of groups with an interest in the standards, including industry, municipal, environmental, health and Aboriginal groups.

The proposed CWSs presented to Ministers generally contain:

  • a numeric limit (e.g., ambient, discharge, or product standard)
  • a timetable for attainment; and a framework for monitoring progress and reporting to the public

Specific information on each CWS includes:

Particulate Matter and Ozone

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Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Soil

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Mercury

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Dioxins and Furans

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Benzene

Considerable additional information can be found on the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) opens new window website. Follow the “Canada-wide Standards” link found under “Current Priorities”.

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