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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.

  • Environmental approvals
    Applies only to: Ontario

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

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