The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (formerly the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association - CCPA) is the voice of Canada's business of chemistry. The Association represents over 50 companies and Responsible Care® partners ranging from 50 to 2,000 employees that operate in the chemistry industry.
Member companies are responsible for some 200 sites across the country that produce basic chemicals and resins for manufacturing processes, as well as provide technology, services, marketing and research and development for chemical products. The chemistry industry is positioned at the crossroads between Canada's resource base - including mining, forestry, agriculture and oil and gas - and Canada's manufacturers, including the food and beverage sector, construction, plastics and rubbers, textiles and clothing, electrical and electronics and transportation equipment.
Together, the companies of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada generate revenues of more than $26 billion annually, accounting for the majority of operations in Canada.
The Association was created in 1962 and renamed in 2009 to better reflect the changing nature of this dynamic industry. The Association has three main objectives: be competitive, be responsible, be credible.
Through these objectives, and governed by an active member-base, the Association has developed a strong reputation as a pragmatic, policy-based, problem-solving organization. It represents members' interests based on solid analysis. The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada works cooperatively with governments and other groups to find solutions that benefit both Canadian society and the nation's chemical industry.
The Responsible Care® initiative is the chemistry industry's most outstanding achievement. It was established in 1985 to address public concerns about the manufacture, distribution and use of chemicals following the chemical spill in Bhopal, India in December 1984. Since its inception, Responsible Care has guided the chemical industry in Canada and has been adopted all around the world. In 2008, Responsible Care was reviewed to add sustainability as its driving force.