Consult these sources for information on Canadian guidelines, regulations, permits and agreements related to the environment.
- Acts, regulations and agreements — Environment
When you operate a business, you need to obey laws and regulations that protect the water, land, air, birds and animals that are around it.
- Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines
Does your business use chemicals that could pollute land and water nearby? This website can show you how much you can safely use.
- Permits and licences
Find the federal, provincial/territorial and municipal permits and licences that you may need to start or manage your business.
- New substance notification process
Notify Environment Canada of your intention to introduce new substances (chemicals, polymers and animate products of biotechnology) into the Canadian market.
- Chemical substances mandatory surveys
Do you import, export, or sell petroleum products or other chemicals? Find out about mandatory surveys and related resources.
- Compliance Assurance Program
Find out which rules and obligations put in place to protect the environment apply to your business.
- Environmental approvals
Find out if you need an Environmental Compliance Approval for your Ontario business.
- Environmental acts and legislation in French only
Learn about sustainable development and environmental protection acts and regulations that may apply to your business.
- Drinking water
Learn about the rules, reporting requirements, certification, licensing, registration and permits for water systems in Ontario, including wastewater.
- Permits to take water (Ontario)
If your business takes more than 50,000 litres of water a day from natural surface and groundwater sources, you need a permit.
- Waste management stewardship
Know your obligations for the life cycle of your products and the new recycling regulation.
- Commercial hazardous waste
Find out how your Yukon business must store and dispose of special waste such as batteries, bulbs, and chemicals.
- Environmental Management Act BC
Find out the regulations and guidelines for your business to protect human health and quality of water, land and air in BC.
- Environmental assessment (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Find out if you need an environmental assessment for your business and download a guide to help you through the process.
- Water resources management
Be aware of your responsibilities relating to regulations, permits, and guidelines for drinking water, wastewater, ground and surface water.
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