Multi-sector Air Pollutants Regulations (SOR/2016-151)

This is a recently approved regulation and will go into effect January 1, 2017.

The Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations (i.e., the Regulations) require owners and operators of specific industrial facilities and equipment types to meet consistent performance standards across the country. The objectives of the Regulations are to:

  • Limit the amount of nitrogen oxides (NOX) emitted from modern (new) and pre-existing (existing), gaseous-fuel-fired non-utility boilers and heaters used in many industrial facilities
  • Limit the amount of NOX emitted from modern and pre-existing stationary spark-ignition gaseous-fuel-fired engines used by many industrial facilities (e.g., those used for gas compression or back-up generators)
  • Limit the amount of NOx and sulphur dioxide (SO2) emitted from cement kilns

The Regulations are part of the federal government's contribution to the implementation of the Air Quality Management System (AQMS) under the auspices of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME). The AQMS provides a harmonized approach for governments to work collaboratively to improve air quality in Canada and protect the health of Canadians and the environment. The AQMS includes:

  • Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS), which provide the drivers for air quality improvement across the country
  • A framework for managing air quality through local air zones and regional airsheds
  • Base-level Industrial Emission Requirements (BLIERs) that set a base-level of performance for major industrial sectors and equipment types
  • An intergovernmental working group to improve collaboration and reduce emissions from mobile sources

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