Reporting to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Program

Under the authority of Section 46 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), operators of facilities that meet the criteria specified in the annual notice with respect to reporting of greenhouse gases (GHGs), published in the Canada Gazette, are required to report facility GHG emissions to Environment and Climate Change Canada by the annual June 1st reporting deadline.

Interested to learn more about the reporting changes being considered? If you would like to receive information about or participate in upcoming consultations on changes to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Program (GHGRP), please contact the GHGRP at ec.ges-ghg.ec@canada.ca (include "Consultations on GHGRP Expansion" in the subject line of your email).

The most recent  notice, which outlines requirements under the GHGRP for 2016, was published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on December 10, 2016. There are no changes to the reporting requirements from last year. Companies that reported their facility emissions in the previous year must inform Environment and Climate Change Canada if their facility(ies) do(es) not meet the current year reporting criteria. The latest technical guidance is also available to support facilities in reporting their 2016 emissions.

Operators of facilities that are subject to the reporting requirements use Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window system to report their information. The Single Window system streamlines the reporting to national and various provincial jurisdictions, thus helping to reduce the reporting burden and the overall costs to governments. Provincial partners using this system for GHG reporting include Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick.

The 2015 data collection is complete. The Single Window system will remain open for the submission of any new reports for 2015 and updates to previous years. Updates on the reporting system for 2016 GHG data collection will be posted here in the spring of 2017.

The following links provide guidance for reporting to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Program:

GHGRP Notices - Canada Gazette, Part I

Under Environment and Climate Change Canada's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Program, a notice is published every year in Part I of the Canada Gazette, outlining the GHG reporting requirements for the corresponding calendar year. Notices for previous years' reporting requirements covering 2004 to 2011 are available at Government of Canada Publications or can be requested from the GHGRP.

Notice with respect to reporting of greenhouse gases
Notice with respect to reporting of greenhouse gases for: (calendar year)Date PublishedLinks to Original Documents (HTML)Links to Original Documents (PDF)
2016December 10, 2016HTMLPDF
2015October 17, 2015HTMLPDF
2014October 11, 2014HTMLPDF
2013November 2, 2013HTMLPDF
2012September 22, 2012HTMLPDF

Key changes that were made to federal reporting requirements in previous years included:

  • updates to the Global Warming Potential (GWP) values that facilities are required to use to assess whether they meet the 50-kilotonne (kt) carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 eq.) reporting threshold and in reporting their emissions (issued in the 2013 Notice);
  • a requirement to report facility latitude and longitude information (except pipeline transportation systems) (issued in the 2013 Notice);
  • a reduction of the reporting threshold from 100 kilotonne (kt) to 50 kt of CO2 eq. (issued in the 2009 Notice);
  • the disaggregation of the reporting category Venting and Flaring Emissions to two separate categories, Venting Emissions and Flaring Emissions (issued in the 2009 Notice); and
  • the disaggregation of the reporting category Waste and Wastewater Emissions to two separate categories, Waste Emissions and Wastewater Emissions (issued in the 2009 Notice).
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