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Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines and Summary Table

Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines and Summary Table are now available online.

For the Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines:

Go to "CEQG Online" to view all current guidelines for air, water, soil, sediment and tissue residue.

When a new guideline is approved it will be posted to "CEQG Online" where users can print the ones they want.

For the Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines Summary Table:

Go to http://st-ts.ccme.ca/.

The summary table replaces the CEQG chapter summary tables with an interactive website that provides you with the ability to search the Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines by chemical or chapter. The summary table also links to the CEQG Online factsheets for ease of verifying specific information and obtaining implementation guidance pertaining to each environmental quality guideline.

Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines provide nationally endorsed science based goals for the quality of atmospheric, aquatic, and terrestrial ecosystems. Users will find chemical-specific guideline fact sheets that summarize the key scientific information and rationale for each substance, detailed summary tables of recommended guidelines for the different media and resource uses, and the protocols used in developing the guidelines, along with their associated implementation guidance. Spreadsheet calculators for indices of Water Quality, Soil Quality and Sediment Quality are also included.

Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines will provide you with:

  • national benchmarks to assess potential or actual impairment of socially relevant resource uses
  • the scientific basis for the development of site-specific criteria, guidelines, objectives or standards indicators for state-of-the-environment reporting
  • science-based goals or performance indicators for regional, national, or international management strategies for toxic substances
  • interim management objectives for persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic substances to track progress toward their virtual elimination
  • scientific tools for assessing risks associated with existing concentrations of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic substances in the ambient environment
  • indicators of ecotoxicologically relevant concentrations of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic substances for the purpose of improving analytical detection and quantification capabilities
  • tools to evaluate the effectiveness of point-source controls
  • the scientific basis for environmental regulations scientific benchmarks or targets in the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites
  • science-based assessments and tools for consideration in the development of Canada-wide standards under the Canada-wide Accord on Environmental Harmonization



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