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Pollution prevention is defined as the use of processes, practices, materials, products, substances or energy that avoids or minimizes the creation of pollutants and waste, and reduces the overall risk to the environment and human health.
In 1993, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) published its commitment to pollution prevention.
The Pollution Prevention Branch promotes and regulates pollution prevention initiatives, and supports these initiatives through grant funding programs. Activities include planning and developing programs, policy, strategies and regulations to protect the environment and developing and distributing educational and informational materials.
The Branch administers The Waste Reduction and Prevention (WRAP) Act and The Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Act. The Branch manages the Sustainable Development Innovations Fund (SDIF) established under Part 7 of The Sustainable Development Act and of its broad allocation funding programs, including the Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) Fund.