Current Regulations

Benzene in Gasoline Regulations (SOR/97-493)

The objective of the Regulations is to reduce emissions of benzene from gasoline powered vehicles through controls on gasoline composition. The Regulations set limits for the amount of benzene in gasoline and for the benzene emissions number, a calculated parameter that relates gasoline composition to predicted emissions of benzene from vehicles. Manufacturers, blenders and importers of gasoline may opt for limits based on either a batch or on a yearly pool average. The Regulations also prohibit the sale of gasoline with a concentration of more than 1.5% benzene by volume.

Contact Information:

Oil, Gas and Alternative Energy Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 Saint-Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
Phone number: 819-420-7951
Fax number: 819-420-7410
Email address:

Information to Help in Complying with the Regulations:

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Publication Information:

Canada Gazette Date published Volume and number
Part 1: 1997-05-03 Vol. 131, No. 18
Part 2: 1997-11-26 Vol. 131, No. 24

Regulatory Text in HTML and PDF:

  • Benzene in Gasoline Regulations
    Link to Department of Justice Web Site for "Benzene in Gasoline Regulations" - includes the consolidated regulations which reflects amendments


Other Useful Links:

For the Regulations, compliance-related materials include:

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