Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations - Tools for Regulatees

The Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (the regulations) apply to all individuals and businesses that export waste or recyclable material from Canada, import it into Canada, or convey it in transit through Canada, for recycling or disposal purposes, when the waste or recyclable material is considered to be hazardous under the regulations. Those individuals and businesses include, for example, hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material generators, receivers, carriers, brokers, agents and transfer stations.

The following documentation has been prepared to explain various aspects of the regulations. In case of discrepancies between this information and the regulations, the regulations have precedence.

Please note that the Guide to Classification and the EIHWHRMR User Guide are currently being updated to reflect the Regulations Amending the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations that were published on November 2, 2016.

See also Important Notices

Guide to Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Classification

It is your responsibility to identify and properly classify your waste and recyclable material according to the regulations. 

A Guide to Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Classificationhas been prepared to help you with this responsibility. (PDF; 191 KB)

Please note that the Guide to Classification is currently being updated to reflect the Regulations Amending the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations that were published on November 2, 2016.

Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations User Guide

It is your responsibility to export, import or convey hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material according to the regulations.

The EIHWHRMR User Guide has been prepared to help you understand and implement the requirements of the regulations. (PDF; 913 KB)

A list of key considerations with respect to the export, import or transit of hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material is also available.

Please note that the EIHWHRMR User Guide is currently being updated to reflect the Regulations Amending the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations that were published on November 2, 2016.

Notification

The import, export, and transit of hazardous waste or recyclable material require notification as set out in the regulations. If you are a Canadian company considering exporting waste or recyclable materials to another country, be sure to read this important notice.

The procedures and information requirements for notification and returns are explained in sections 5 and 11 of the EIHWHRMR User Guide. This guide also provides detailed instructions on how to use the Online Notification and Permit System.

There are two ways to submit a notice to Environment and Climate Change Canada:

Online Notification and Permit System

Using the Online Notification and Permit System is the preferred method for notifying Environment and Climate Change Canada of proposed exports and imports. The secure online system, accessible through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window web site, enables you to submit notices to Environment and Climate Change Canada, track the status of your submissions, and obtain permits, all online. Once you have set up your account, you will be able to reuse the information in future notices.

The Online Notification and Permit System is only available for import and export permits at this time. Notifications for transits, re-routings, returns, and requests for amendments must continue to be submitted via email, mail, registered mail, fax, or courier. For more information on the notification procedures and who must notify, please refer to the EIHWHRMR User Guide.

Administrative Notice Forms

The paper Administrative Notice forms can continue to be used for the purposes of notifying Environment and Climate Change Canada of a proposed export, import, or transit of hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material as required by subparagraph 185(1)(b)(i) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 and the regulations.

To view and print PDFs, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free. Once downloaded, the forms can be completed on-screen or printed for completion by hand. 

Signed and completed Administrative Notice Forms are to be submitted by email, mail, registered mail, fax, or courier to:

Waste Reduction and Management Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Place Vincent Massey
351 St. Joseph Boulevard, 9th Floor
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
Fax: 819-938-4555
Email: ec.notification.ec@canada.ca

Download the Administrative Notice Forms*

Important: When printing the forms, please use the PDF format.

Administrative Notice Form (PDF; 191 KB) (HTML version)

An Appendix to the Administrative Notice Form is also available for any additional hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material streams that need to be under the same Administrative Notice Form.

Appendix to the Notice Form (PDF; 236 KB)

* The forms on this page are administrative in nature and may change without prior notice.

Movement Documents

The procedure and information requirements for movement of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material are explained in section 10 of the EIHWHRMR User Guide.

The movement document is divided in three separate parts, and is made up of six copies of the same information. An example of the movement document can be found in Schedule 9 of the regulations.

How to obtain movement documents?

Individuals or companies wishing to transport hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material in Canada across provincial or territorial borders or wishing to export it, import it or convey it in transit across Canadian international borders must obtain pre-numbered movement documents from the appropriate provincial or territorial authority or from the Waste Reduction and Management Division (for the later, please contact ec.dm-md.ec@canada.ca).

Multiple Authorized CarriersForm

If more than one carrier is used for a shipment, the Multiple Authorized Carriers Form should be used as an annex to the movement document.

Important: When printing the form, please use the PDF format.

Multiple Authorized Carriers Form (PDF; 40 KB) (HTML version)

Confirmation of Disposal or Recycling

The procedure and information requirements for confirmation of disposal or recycling are explained in section 12 of the EIHWHRMR User Guide.

Important: When printing the form, please use the PDF format.

Confirmation of Disposal or Recycling Form (PDF; 13.4 KB) (HTML version)

Important Notices

Advisory Note Regarding recent amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TGDR) and their impact on Permits Issued under the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (EIHWHRMR) and the Interprovincial Movement of Hazardous Waste Regulations (IMHWR)(December 9, 2015))

Important Notice on Changes in Regulations in the United States for Spent Lead-Acid Batteries (July 7, 2010)

Important Notice regarding amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (July 28, 2008)

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