The proposed Living List Framework outlines proposed processes for reviewing and making changes to the lists of substances prescribed under the Toxics Reduction Act.
The proposed Framework contains three key steps:
- Nomination and Screening;
- Review and Public Consultation; and
- Decision making.
In the Nomination and Screening step, the public and the ministry could nominate substance(s) for addition, deletion or change to the prescribed list of substances. The ministry would screen all complete nominations against established screening criteria to determine whether the substance(s) would be reviewed.
In the Review and Public Consultation step, the ministry would review substance(s), screened in through the nomination, using appropriate scientific and contextual information on the substance in Ontario, and seek input from stakeholders and experts, as appropriate. Based on all information and initial feedback gathered, the ministry would post a proposal to the Environmental Registry for public consultation.
In the Decision step, the ministry would review input received during public consultation and make adjustments to the proposal posted to the Environmental Registry, as appropriate. The government would then make a final decision with regard to the proposal.
The proposed Framework also includes mechanisms for engagement and opportunities for all interested parties to participate and be informed during the nomination and review processes.
In order to continuously improve the program, the proposed Framework may be reassessed or updated from time to time. Monitoring and updating of the proposed Framework would allow the proposed Framework to stay relevant while reflecting best practices and incorporating feedback.