Ontario's Cap and Trade Regulation, are you ready?

Canada is turning a new leaf on climate change and this will have a real impact on consumers and business. Ontario’s cap-and-trade program, which launch in January 2017, will require certain emitters to obtain allowances equal to their total emissions.   Are you ready? Click here for 0ur brochure.

ORTECH has had a long history with helping our clients with emissions testing, emissions reporting and emissions compliance.

If you are going to be affected by the new Climate Change regulation ORTECH can provide consultation services regarding Ontario Regulation proposed to be made under the Proposed Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act, 2016 (Bill 172) “The Cap and Trade Program”.   The Cap and Trade Program as currently drafted will provide free emission allowances during the first compliance period (2017-2020) for a number of specified processes, such as general stationary combustion processes, and will require other processes such as electricity generation to purchase emission allowances during this first compliance period.  

Here is a typical scope of work ORTECH will provide:

  • An estimation of annual emission allowances will be required to obtain during the first compliance period (2017 – 2020), in addition to those distributed by the Ontario government;
  • An estimate of the associated minimum costs to obtain these additional emission allowances;
  • A summary checklist identifying key dates for registration, filing of notices and reports, and
  • A summary of regulatory developments anticipated to be released between present and August 2016 (Final regulation is anticipated July 2016).


ORTECH has been providing greenhouse gas emissions measurement and inventory services for many years to meet corporate as well as Canadian and Ontario requirements. With the passage of Ontario Reg. 452/09, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting, ORTECH has expanding its services to include the conduct of methodological review, gap analyses and pre-audit services to help you ensure effective and efficient compliance with ISO 14064-3, ‘Greenhouse Gases – Part 3: Specification with guidance for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions’. A detailed review of your existing system will be conducted to identify weaknesses and deficiencies that must be addressed to conform to Reg. 452/09 and ISO 14064-3 requirements. With the completion of a Gap Analysis audit, you will have confidence that your GHG emissions report is right the first time.

ORTECH is recognized for its expertise in the preparation of emission inventories at the process level for use in reporting and compliance assessments; various types of modeling studies; air pollution control strategy development; addressing policy issues and other applications.  Inventory method manuals have also been prepared to describe the techniques for consistent application.  In particular, specific guidance documents and manuals have been prepared by ORTECH, some of which describe methods to compile emissions while others comprise regulatory requirements/guidelines, to assist users in applying accepted approaches. In addition, a wide variety of air quality reviews and other related assessments have been conducted for clients pertaining to various subjects.

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