Current Regulations

Disposal at Sea Regulations (SOR/2001-275)

Each year in Canada, two to three million tonnes of material are disposed of at sea. Most of this is dredged material that must be moved to keep shipping channels and harbours clear for navigation and commerce. Only those substances listed in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 may be considered for disposal at sea, including dredged material, fisheries waste, ships, inert matter, uncontaminated organic matter and bulky substances. Discharges from land or from normal ship operations (such as bilge water) are not considered disposal at sea, but are subject to other controls.

Contact Information:

Environmental Protection Operations Directorate
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Place Vincent Massey, 17th floor
351 St. Joseph Blvd.
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
Phone number:
Fax number: (819) 420-7624
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: 2001-02-17 Vol. 135, No. 07
Part 2: 2001-08-15 Vol. 135, No. 17

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