Applying for a Permit

A permit is required under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to authorize the disposal, and the loading for the purpose of disposal, of any wastes or other matter into Canadian waters, or from Canadian ships, platforms, aircraft, or other vessel anywhere at sea. Only substances listed in Schedule 5 to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) are eligible for consideration.

Permits become valid upon the end of the waiting period associated with publication in the Canada Gazette. The permit is published with conditions that specify: approved activity; time of permit expiry; location and volume of the material to be disposed of; location of disposal site(s); type of material to be disposed of; loading and disposal methods; measure to mitigate environmental impacts; disposal activity monitoring, and; reporting. If a permit is granted, it is the responsibility of the permit holder to ensure any permit conditions are incorporated into project planning and implementation.

The bearer of a previous Canadian Disposal at Sea Permit may be eligible to apply for a permit through the simplified renewal process. For more information, please consult the nearest Disposal at Sea Regional office.