Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (S.C. 1999, c. 33)

Act current to 2015-11-16 and last amended on 2015-02-26. Previous Versions

Exception for Safety Reasons

Marginal note:Exception
  •  (1) Despite the other provisions of this Division, a person may dispose of a substance if

    • (a) it is necessary to avert a danger to human life or to a ship, an aircraft, a platform or another structure at sea in situations caused by stress of weather or in any other case that constitutes a danger to human life or a threat to a ship, an aircraft, a platform or another structure at sea;

    • (b) the disposal appears to be the only way of averting the danger or threat; and

    • (c) it is probable that the damage caused by the disposal would be less than would otherwise occur.

  • Marginal note:Danger to be minimized

    (2) Any disposal under subsection (1) shall be carried out in a manner that minimizes, as far as possible, danger to human life and damage to the marine environment.

  • Marginal note:Negligence not a defence

    (3) Subsection (1) does not apply if the danger was caused or contributed to by the person’s negligent act or omission.

  • Marginal note:Duty to report

    (4) If disposal takes place under subsection (1), the master of the ship, the pilot in command of the aircraft or the person in charge of the platform or other structure shall report the disposal without delay to an enforcement officer or any other person whom the Governor in Council may, by order, designate, at the location and in the manner that may be prescribed, and the report shall contain any information that may be prescribed.

  • 1999, c. 33, s. 130;
  • 2005, c. 23, s. 25(E).
Marginal note:Fisheries Act not applicable

 If a person disposes of a substance in accordance with the conditions of a Canadian permit or section 130, subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act is not applicable.

Site Monitoring

Marginal note:Monitoring of sites

 The Minister shall monitor sites selected by the Minister that are used for disposal or incineration at sea.


Marginal note:Publication
  •  (1) When issuing a Canadian permit or varying any of its conditions or renewing a permit issued under subsection 127(1), the Minister shall publish the text of the permit, the varied condition or the renewed permit, as the case may be, in the Environmental Registry.

  • Marginal note:Publication before disposal or loading

    (2) Publication under subsection (1) shall be made

    • (a) in the case of a permit issued under subsection 128(2), as soon as possible after the permit is issued; and

    • (b) in every other case, at least seven days before the effective date of the permit, the variation of its conditions or its renewal.

  • 1999, c. 33, s. 133;
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 159.