Environmental regulations 

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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

    Do you use chemicals that could pollute land and water nearby? Find out 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
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Find out which rules and obligations put in place to protect the environment apply to your business.

  • Environmental approvals
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Find out if you need an Environmental Compliance Approval for your Ontario business.

  • Environmental acts and legislation in French only
    Applies only to: Québec

    Learn about sustainable development and environmental protection acts and regulations that may apply to your business.

  • Drinking water
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Learn about the rules, reporting requirements, certification, licensing, registration and permits for water systems in Ontario, including wastewater.

  • Permits to take water (Ontario)
    Applies only to: 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
    Applies only to: British Columbia

    Know your obligations for the life cycle of your products and the new recycling regulation.

  • Commercial hazardous waste
    Applies only to: Yukon

    Find out how your Yukon business must store and dispose of special waste such as batteries, bulbs, and chemicals.

  • Environmental Management Act B.C.
    Applies only to: British Columbia

    Find out the regulations and guidelines for your business to protect human health and quality of water, land and air in British Columbia.

  • Environmental assessment (Newfoundland and Labrador)
    Applies only to: 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
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador

    Be aware of your responsibilities relating to regulations, permits, and guidelines for drinking water, wastewater, ground and surface water.

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