Environmental regulations

Consult these resources for information on Canadian guidelines, regulations, permits and agreements related to the environment.

  • Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines
    Do you use chemicals that could pollute land and water nearby? Find out how much you can safely use.
  • 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 within its perimeter.
  • 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.
  • Environmental acts and legislation
    Only Applies to : Quebec
    Learn about sustainable development and environmental protection acts and regulations that may apply to your business.(in French only)
  • Drinking water
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Learn about the rules, reporting requirements, certification, licensing, registration and permits for water systems in Ontario, including wastewater.
  • Waste management stewardship
    Only Applies to : British Columbia
    Know your obligations for the life cycle of your products and the new recycling regulation.
  • Environmental assessment (Newfoundland and Labrador)
    Only Applies 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.
  • Environmental Management Act B.C.
    Only Applies 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.
  • Water Resources Management
    Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
    Be aware of your responsibilities relating to regulations, permits, and guidelines for drinking water, wastewater, ground and surface water.
  • Compliance Assurance Program
    Only Applies to : Alberta
    Find out which rules and obligations put in place to protect the environment apply to your business.
  • Environmental approvals
    Only Applies to : Ontario
    Find out if you need an Environmental Compliance Approval for your Ontario business.
  • Permits and licences
    Find the federal, provincial/territorial and municipal permits and licences that you may need to start or manage your business.
  • Chemical substances mandatory surveys
    Do you import, export, or sell petroleum products or other chemicals? Find out about mandatory surveys and related resources.
  • Commercial hazardous waste
    Only Applies to : Yukon
    Find out how your Yukon business must store and dispose of special waste such as batteries, bulbs, and chemicals.
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