Compliance Promotion Package for Owners and/or Operators of Dry-cleaning Machines using Tetrachloroethylene

This section is intended for owners and/or operators of dry-cleaning machines using PERC. This section includes resources that facilitate an understanding of how the Regulations are relevant to the owner/operator and the legal responsibilities of the owner/operator set out in the Regulations.

Annual Report for Dry Cleaners

Beginning on January 1, 2004, dry cleaners must maintain receipts, books and records concerning the purchase of PERC, the transport of waste water or residue to a waste management facility and the on-site treatment of waste water for each of the dry-cleaning facilities that they own or operate.  Such books, records and other supporting documents must be kept for five years after the end of year in which the annual report was made, for every facility you own.

Owners and/or operators of dry-cleaning machines using PERC have a legal obligation under the Regulations to submit an annual report to Environment Canada by April 30th of the following year.

Owners/Operators of Dry-cleaning machines using PERC MUST use the Mandatory Reporting Form for dry cleaners and fill out the form completely.

Mandatory Reporting Form

Failure to comply with the regulatory requirements, or the submission of false or misleading information, is an offence under CEPA 1999 and punishable under the Act.  Environment Canada enforces the Regulations in a fair, predictable and consistent manner in accordance with the Compliance and Enforcement Policy for CEPA 1999.  A copy of this policy can be found at:

Information on recent prosecutions and convictions for violating the Regulations can be found at:

(There are other records-keeping requirements if a dry cleaner sold PERC for use in dry cleaning, imported PERC for any use or recycled PERC for any use.  Separate information has been prepared to inform importers, recyclers and/or sellers  of their obligations under the Regulations.)

Other Resources:

Example of completed Reporting Form:

Tetrachloroethylene (PERC) in Dry Cleaning at a Glance: PDF (894 KB)

Reminder stickers for your dry cleaning machine or facility:

Checklist for dry cleaners using PERC :

Compliance Guide :


Although care has been taken to ensure that the compliance promotion package accurately reflects the requirements of Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) and the Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations, the Act and its regulations prevail over the text of this compliance promotion package in case of any discrepancies or inconsistencies. The compliance promotion package does not supersede or modify the Act or the regulations. 

Updated: April 2013