CCME recognizes the importance of continuous improvement in mercury emission reductions because of the toxic, persistent and bioaccumulative nature of this pollutant in order to protect not only fish and wildlife, but also human health. CCME is committed to reducing mercury releases to the environment. CCME developed Canada-wide Standards (CWSs) for mercury emissions from base-metal smelters, waste incinerators, coal-fired power plants as well as mercury-containing lamps and dental amalgam waste.
Implementation plans which describe the actions taken to implement the Canada-wide Standards and achieve compliance by the target dates can be found on the websites of individual jurisdictions. Because Québec is not a signatory to the Canada-wide Accord on Environmental Harmonization, nor the Canada-wide Standards, Québec is not required to develop an implementation plan.