Environmental Approvals

Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR)

If your facility is located in Ontario, and meets the criteria under EASR, you can register your business with Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. EASR Sectors include:

  • Heating systems
  • Standby power systems
  • Automotive refinishing facilities
  • Small ground-mounted solar facilities
  • Non-hazardous waste transportation systems

If you are operating only in one or more of the above sectors, all you have to do is to register your facility.

Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA)

If you do not meet the EASR requirement, you need to obtain an ECA. An ECA is one single approval that covers all of your operations, and sets out your operational conditions. Applying for an ECA is much more complicated than getting an EASR. You need to provide details on:

  • Facility operations and production
  • All facility processes, equipment and raw materials
  • Site location maps and zoning details
  • Emission modelling
  • Noise and vibration reports

Environmental Reporting

Toronto ChemTRAC – The Environmental and Reporting Disclosure Bylaw (Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 423)

ChemTRAC is a City of Toronto Municipal Bylaw that requires all facilities to annually track and report on their use of priority substances. If your business is located in Toronto and manufactures, uses or releases any of these substances above their minimum threashold, you are required to report by June 30 of each year under the Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw. The Bylaw also provides public access to the information.

National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI)

National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) is Canada’s legislated, publicly accessible inventory of pollutant releases to air, water, and land, disposal and transfer for recycling.

  • It identifies pollution prevention priorities
  • Supports assessment and risk management of chemicals, and air quality monitoring
  • Helps develop targeted regulations for reducing releases of toxic substances and air pollutants
  • Encourages actions to reduce release of pollutants into the natural environment.