Current Regulations

2-Butoxyethanol Regulations (SOR/2006-347)

The purpose of the 2-Butoxyethanol Regulations (hereinafter referred to as the Regulations) is to protect the health of Canadians by setting limits for the concentration of 2-butoxyethanol (2-BE) in products designed for indoor use. This will reduce human exposure to 2-BE present in cleaning, painting and coating products to below potentially harmful levels. The concentration limits will apply to products that are manufactured, imported, offered for sale, or sold in Canada.

The concentration limits will come into force one year after the day on which the Regulations are registered for the import and manufacture of products, and two years after the day on which the Regulations are registered for the sale or offer for sale of products.

Contact Information:

Products Division, Chemical Sectors Directorate
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 Saint-Joseph Boulevard 9th floor
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
Phone number: 819-938-4483 / 1-888-391-3426 (information)
Fax number: 819-938-4480 / 1-888-391-3695
Email address:

Information to Help in Complying with the Regulations:

The contents of regulations and other regulatory instruments can be confusing for those who are not skilled in reading legal documents, or who may have difficulty understanding technical content. To help regulatees comply with regulatory requirements, materials that present legal or technical content in a more easily understandable format are provided. See "Other Useful Links" below.

Publication Information:

Canada Gazette Date published Volume and number
Part 1: 2005-07-09 Vol. 139, No. 28
Part 2: 2006-12-27 Vol. 140, No. 26

Regulatory Text in HTML and PDF:


Other Useful Links:

For the Regulations, compliance-related materials include:

Date modified: