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GOVERNMENT NOTICES

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, 1999

Notice with respect to the Code of Practice for the Reduction of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions from Cutback and Emulsified Asphalt

Whereas the Minister of the Environment published a notice for the proposed Code of Practice for the Reduction of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions from the Use of Cutback and Emulsified Asphalt in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on March 5, 2016,

Pursuant to subsection 54(4) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Minister of the Environment hereby gives notice of the availability of the Code of Practice for the Reduction of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions from Cutback and Emulsified Asphalt issued under subsection 54(1) of that Act.

Electronic copies may be downloaded from the Internet at the following address: http://www.ec.gc.ca/cov-voc/default.asp?lang=En&n=05CE2B41-1.

February 25, 2017

Marc D’Iorio
Director General
Industrial Sectors, Chemicals and Waste Directorate

On behalf of the Minister of the Environment

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, 1999

Publication of final decision after screening assessment of two liquefied petroleum gases — petroleum gases, liquefied, CAS RN (see footnote 1) 68476-85-7; and petroleum gases, liquefied, sweetened, CAS RN 68476-86-8 — specified on the Domestic Substances List (subsection 77(6) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999)

Whereas petroleum gases, liquefied and petroleum gases, liquefied, sweetened are substances on the Domestic Substances List identified under subsection 73(1) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999;

Whereas a summary of the screening assessment conducted on these two liquefied petroleum gases pursuant to section 74 of the Act is annexed hereby;

And whereas it is concluded that these two liquefied petroleum gases meet one or more of the criteria set out in section 64 of the Act,

Notice therefore is hereby given that the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health (the ministers) propose to recommend to His Excellency the Governor in Council that these two liquefied petroleum gases be added to Schedule 1 to the Act.

Notice is further given that the ministers are releasing a proposed risk management approach document for these two liquefied petroleum gases to continue discussions with stakeholders on the development of risk management actions.

Public comment period on the proposed risk management approach document

Any person may, within 60 days after publication of the proposed risk management approach document, file with the Minister of the Environment written comments on the proposed risk management approach document. More information regarding the proposed risk management approach may be obtained from the Government of Canada’s Chemical Substances website (www.chemicalsubstances.gc.ca). All comments must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, and the date of publication of this notice, and be sent to the Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division, Department of the Environment, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H3, by fax to 819-938-5212, or by email to eccc.substances.eccc@ canada.ca.

In accordance with section 313 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, any person who provides information in response to this notice may submit with the information a request that it be treated as confidential.

Catherine McKenna
Minister of the Environment

Jane Philpott
Minister of Health

ANNEX

Summary of the final screening assessment of two liquefied petroleum gases (Stream 4 petroleum and refinery gases)

Pursuant to section 74 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA), the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health have conducted a screening assessment of the following liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs):

CAS RN Domestic Substances List name
68476-85-7 Petroleum gases, liquefied
68476-86-8 Petroleum gases, liquefied, sweetened

During the categorization exercise, LPGs under the two Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Numbers (CAS RNs) 68476-85-7 and 68476-86-8 were identified as priorities for assessment, as they met the categorization criteria under subsection 73(1) of CEPA and/or were considered as a priority based on other human health concerns. These substances were included in the Petroleum Sector Stream Approach (PSSA) because they are related to the petroleum sector and are complex combinations of hydrocarbons.

LPGs are produced by petroleum facilities (i.e. refineries or natural gas processing facilities) and are a category of light, predominantly saturated, hydrocarbons (mainly C1 to C7). However, the LPGs used in consumer products are predominantly C3 and C4 hydrocarbons. LPGs from refineries may contain unsaturated hydrocarbons, such as propene and butenes. The composition of LPGs varies depending on the sources (e.g. natural gas, crude oil), as well as process operating conditions and processing units used. In order to predict the overall behaviour of these complex substances for the purposes of assessing the potential for ecological effects, representative structures have been selected from each chemical class in the substances.

LPGs are used primarily as domestic and industrial fuels, as feedstocks, and as aerosol propellants in products available to consumers. It has been recognized that, given the physical-chemical properties of these substances (i.e. gases with high vapour pressures), releases of LPGs into the atmosphere can occur.

Based on the available information, exposure to LPGs by organisms is considered to be mainly through air (e.g. inhalation). Considering the low toxicities of the components of LPGs to organisms via air for non-cancer endpoints, and the low predicted exposure relative to those toxicities, there is a low risk of harm to organisms and the broader integrity of the environment from LPGs. It is concluded that these two LPGs (CAS RNs 68476-85-7 and 68476-86-8) do not meet the criteria under paragraphs 64(a) and (b) of CEPA, as they are not entering the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that have or may have an immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment or its biological diversity or that constitute or may constitute a danger to the environment on which life depends.

A critical human health effect for the initial categorization of these two LPGs was carcinogenicity, as the European Union has identified petroleum and refinery gases containing 1,3-butadiene at concentrations equal to or greater than 0.1% by weight as carcinogens. 1,3-Butadiene has been identified by Health Canada and several international regulatory agencies as a carcinogen and was added to the List of Toxic Substances in Schedule 1 of CEPA. 1,3-Butadiene was found to be a multi-site carcinogen in rodents, increasing the incidence of tumours at all inhalation concentrations tested. 1,3-Butadiene also exhibits genotoxicity in vitro and in vivo, and a plausible mode of action for induction of tumours involves direct interaction with genetic material.

The general population may be exposed to LPGs through various aerosol products that use LPGs as propellants and are available in the Canadian marketplace. For the characterization of the risk of potential long-term inhalation exposure to aerosol products containing LPGs, a margin of exposure was derived based on 1,3-butadiene indoor air levels in non-smoking homes located in four Canadian cities. Compared with the cancer potency of 1,3-butadiene, the margin of exposure is considered adequate to address uncertainties related to health effects and exposure. This approach is considered conservative, as multiple sources are likely to contribute to indoor air levels of 1,3-butadiene.

The general population living in the vicinity of LPG cylinder tank filling stations or LPG vehicle refuelling stations may also be exposed to LPGs. Margins of exposure were therefore derived based on potential long-term inhalation exposure to 1,3-butadiene arising from LPG releases during the fuel transfer process and are considered adequate to address uncertainties related to health effects and exposure.

A recent industry submission on testing 1,3-butadiene levels in selected gas streams at natural gas processing facilities indicates that the concentration of 1,3-butadiene was below the detection limit of 1 ppm in most of the samples tested. Based on the lines of evidence indicating a low level of 1,3-butadiene and the low hazard for other predominant gas components, the human health risks due to volatile emissions of petroleum and refinery gases, including LPGs from natural gas processing facilities, are considered to be low. Accordingly, emissions of LPGs from natural gas processing facilities are not identified as a source of exposure of concern.

On the basis of available information, 1,3-butadiene is considered to be present in these two LPGs when they are produced by petroleum refineries. These two LPGs are considered to contribute a portion of the 1,3-butadiene releases at petroleum refining facilities, as quantified in the previously published assessment on site-restricted petroleum and refinery gases. In that assessment, it was determined that margins between high-end estimates of exposure to 1,3-butadiene and estimates of cancer potency for inhalation exposure to 1,3-butadiene were considered potentially inadequate to address uncertainties related to health effects and exposure.

Based on the contribution of these two LPGs to overall petroleum refinery emissions, it is concluded that these two LPGs (CAS RNs 68476-85-7 and 68476-86-8) meet the criteria in paragraph 64(c) of CEPA, as they are entering or may enter the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health.

Conclusion

It is concluded that these two LPGs (CAS RNs 68476-85-7 and 68476-86-8) meet one or more of the criteria set out in section 64 of CEPA.

The final screening assessment and the proposed risk management approach document for these substances are available on the Government of Canada’s Chemical Substances website (www.chemicalsubstances.gc.ca).

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, 1999

Publication of results of investigations and recommendations for a substance — cyclohexene, 4-ethenyl- (4-vinylcyclohexene or 4-VCH), CAS (see footnote 2) RN 100-40-3 — specified on the Domestic Substances List [paragraphs 68(b) and (c) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999]

Whereas a summary of the draft screening assessment conducted on 4-vinylcyclohexene pursuant to paragraphs 68(b) and (c) of the Act is annexed hereby;

And whereas it is proposed to conclude that the substance does not meet any of the criteria set out in section 64 of the Act,

Notice therefore is hereby given that the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health (the ministers) propose to take no further action on the substance at this time.

Notice is further given that options are being considered for follow-up activities to track changes in human exposure to the substance.

Public comment period

Any person may, within 60 days after publication of this notice, file with the Minister of the Environment written comments on the measure the ministers propose to take and on the scientific considerations on the basis of which the measure is proposed. More information regarding the scientific considerations may be obtained from the Government of Canada’s Chemical Substances website (www.chemicalsubstances.gc.ca). All comments must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, and the date of publication of this notice and be sent to the Executive Director, Program Development and Engagement Division, Department of the Environment, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H3, by fax to 819-938-5212, or by email to eccc.substances.eccc@ canada.ca.

In accordance with section 313 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, any person who provides information in response to this notice may submit with the information a request that it be treated as confidential.

Jacqueline Gonçalves
Director General
Science and Risk Assessment Directorate

On behalf of the Minister of the Environment

David Morin
Director General
Safe Environments Directorate

On behalf of the Minister of Health

ANNEX

Summary of the draft screening assessment of 4-vinylcyclohexene

Pursuant to section 68 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA), the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health have conducted a screening assessment of cyclohexene, 4 ethenyl-, hereafter referred to as 4-vinylcyclohexene (4-VCH). 4-VCH was identified as a priority for assessment under CEPA based on other human health concerns. The Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CAS RN) for 4-VCH is 100-40-3.

4-VCH does not occur naturally in the environment. It is used primarily as an industrial intermediate and is chemically consumed in the manufacture of flame retardants, plastic and rubber materials and other specialty chemicals. 4-VCH may also be found as a residue in styrene-butadiene latex adhesives used in the manufacture or installation of manufactured items, such as carpets and laminated building materials. Concentrations of 4-VCH in the environment are expected to be very low due to rapid oxidation in the atmosphere and the potential for polymerization. In 2008, less than 100 kg of 4-VCH were manufactured in Canada, and between 1 000 and 10 000 kg were imported into Canada.

The ecological risk of 4-VCH was characterized using the ecological risk classification of organic substances (ERC). The ERC is a risk-based approach that employs multiple metrics for both hazard and exposure based on weighted consideration of multiple lines of evidence for determining risk classification. Hazard profiles based principally on metrics regarding mode of toxic action, chemical reactivity, food web–derived internal toxicity thresholds, bioavailability, and chemical and biological activity are established. Metrics considered in the exposure profiles include potential emission rate, overall persistence, and long-range transport potential. A risk matrix is used to assign a low, moderate or high level of potential concern for substances based on their hazard and exposure profiles. The ERC identified 4-VCH as having a low potential to cause ecological harm.

Considering all available lines of evidence presented in this draft screening assessment, there is a low risk of harm to organisms and the broader integrity of the environment from 4-VCH. It is proposed to conclude that 4-VCH does not meet the criteria under paragraph 64(a) or (b) of CEPA, as it is not entering the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that have or may have an immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment or its biological diversity or that constitute or may constitute a danger to the environment on which life depends.

The critical health effects for 4-VCH are carcinogenicity and reproductive toxicity as demonstrated in laboratory studies. Low toxicity was observed in short-term inhalation studies.

Exposure of the general population to 4-VCH is expected to be low. Exposure from environmental media is not expected, given that industry uses 4-VCH in closed systems. Quantities in commerce are also low. 4-VCH may be found as a residue in manufactured products containing styrene-butadiene adhesives. Available information indicates a potential for exposure as a result of off-gassing from a limited number of manufactured items containing these adhesives, but exposure would be limited, occurring only over a short period of time. Given the nature of potential exposure, risk to human health is considered to be low.

Based on the information presented in this draft screening assessment, it is proposed to conclude that 4-VCH does not meet the criteria under paragraph 64(c) of CEPA, as it is not entering the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions that constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health.

Proposed overall conclusion

It is proposed to conclude that 4-VCH does not meet any of the criteria set out in section 64 of CEPA.

Consideration for follow-up

While exposure of the general population to 4-VCH is not of concern at current levels, this substance is associated with human health effects of concern. Therefore, there may be a concern for human health if exposure were to increase. Follow-up activities to track changes in exposure and/or commercial use patterns are under consideration.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide, during the 60-day public comment period on the draft screening assessment, any information pertaining to this substance that may help inform the choice of follow-up activity. This could include information on new or planned import, manufacture or use of this substance, if the information has not previously been submitted to the ministers.

The draft screening assessment for this substance is available on the Government of Canada’s Chemical Substances website (www.chemicalsubstances.gc.ca).

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DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY

OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL

Appointments

Name and position Order in Council
Chahwan, Nancy 2017-107
Deputy Commissioner of Revenue  
Hannaford, John 2017-106
Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister  
Hutchinson, Jeffery 2017-109
Canadian Coast Guard
Commissioner
 
Thomas, Jody 2017-108
Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence to be styled Senior Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence  

February 16, 2017

Diane Bélanger
Official Documents Registrar

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OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

BANK ACT

VersaBank — Letters patent of amalgamation and order to commence and carry on business

Notice is hereby given of the issuance,

  • pursuant to subsection 229(1) of the Bank Act, of letters patent amalgamating and continuing VersaBank and PWC Capital Inc. as one bank under the name VersaBank, effective January 31, 2017; and
  • pursuant to subsection 48(4) of the Bank Act, of an order authorizing VersaBank to commence and carry on business, effective January 31, 2017.

February 9, 2017

Jeremy Rudin
Superintendent of Financial Institutions

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PRIVY COUNCIL OFFICE

Appointment opportunities

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. Moving forward, the Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We will continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following positions.

Current opportunities

The following opportunities for appointments to Governor in Council positions are currently open for applications. Every opportunity is open for a minimum of two weeks from the date of posting on the Governor in Council Appointments website (www.appointments-nominations.gc.ca/slctnPrcs.asp?menu=1&lang=eng).

Position Organization Closing date
Directors Bank of Canada February 27, 2017
Directors Business Development Bank of Canada March 1, 2017
Directors Farm Credit Canada February 28, 2017
Member (Yukon Territory) Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada March 7, 2017
Clerk of the House of Commons House of Commons February 26, 2017
Chairperson National Capital Commission February 27, 2017
Commissioner Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada March 6, 2017
Chairperson Patented Medicine Prices Review Board March 6, 2017
Member Patented Medicine Prices Review Board March 6, 2017
Chief Public Health Officer Public Health Agency of Canada February 27, 2017
Chairperson Standards Council of Canada March 6, 2017
Chief Executive Officer Standards Council of Canada March 6, 2017
Members Standards Council of Canada March 6, 2017

Upcoming opportunities

New opportunities that will be posted in the coming weeks.

Position Organization
President (Chief Executive Officer) Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Commissioner for Workers Canada Employment Insurance Commission
Chairperson Canada Foundation for Innovation
President Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Chairperson Canadian International Trade Tribunal
Directors First Nations Financial Management Board
Sergeant-at-Arms House of Commons
Chairperson National Battlefields Commission
Commissioner National Battlefields Commission
Procurement Ombudsman Office of the Procurement Ombudsman

Ongoing opportunities

Opportunities posted on an ongoing basis.

Position Organization
Members (full-time) Veterans Review and Appeal Board

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TREASURY BOARD SECRETARIAT

PUBLIC SERVICE SUPERANNUATION REGULATIONS

CANADIAN FORCES SUPERANNUATION REGULATIONS

ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE SUPERANNUATION REGULATIONS

Quarterly rates

In accordance with subsection 46(3) of the Public Service Superannuation Regulations, subsection 36(3) of the Canadian Forces Superannuation Regulations and subsection 30(3) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Regulations, the quarterly rates used for calculating interest for the purpose of subsection (1) of each of the corresponding sections are as follows:

  • As of:
    • March 31, 2016 1.1347%
    • June 30, 2016 1.1124%
    • September 30, 2016 1.0943%
    • December 31, 2016 1.0759%

Scott Brison
President

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BANK OF CANADA

Statement of financial position as at January 31, 2017

(Millions of dollars) Unaudited

ASSETS

Cash and foreign deposits

 

19.2

Loans and receivables

Securities purchased under resale agreements

6,985.9

 

Advances to members of Payments Canada (see footnote *)

 

Advances to governments

 

Other receivables

6.3

 
   

6,992.2

Investments

Treasury bills of Canada

17,217.9

 

Government of Canada bonds

81,592.2

 

Other investments

389.5

 
   

99,199.6

Property and equipment

 

571.0

Intangible assets

 

36.0

Other assets

 

169.8

 

106,987.8

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Bank notes in circulation

 

77,349.6

Deposits

Government of Canada

25,535.3

 

Members of Payments Canada (see footnote *)

500.3

 

Other deposits

2,235.8

 
   

28,271.4

Securities sold under repurchase agreements

 

Other liabilities

882.8

 
   

106,503.8

Equity

Share capital

5.0

 

Statutory and special reserves

125.0

 

Available-for-sale reserve

354.0

 
   

484.0

106,987.8

I declare that the foregoing statement is correct according to the books of the Bank.

Ottawa, February 15, 2017

Carmen Vierula
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accountant

I declare that the foregoing statement is to the best of my knowledge and belief correct, and shows truly and clearly the financial position of the Bank, as required by section 29 of the Bank of Canada Act.

Ottawa, February 15, 2017

Stephen S. Poloz
Governor

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  • Footnote 1
    The Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CAS RN) is the property of the American Chemical Society, and any use or redistribution, except as required in supporting regulatory requirements and/or for reports to the Government of Canada when the information and the reports are required by law or administrative policy, is not permitted without the prior, written permission of the American Chemical Society.
  • Footnote 2
    The Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CAS RN) is the property of the American Chemical Society, and any use or redistribution, except as required in supporting regulatory requirements and/or for reports to the Government of Canada when the information and the reports are required by law or administrative policy, is not permitted without the prior, written permission of the American Chemical Society.
  • Footnote *
    Formerly "Canada Payments Association"
  • Footnote *
    Formerly "Canada Payments Association"