ChemTRAC – Toronto's Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw
- $5,000 for a first offence;
- $25,000 for a second offence; or
- $100,000 for a third or subsequent offence.
How Do I Know If I Need To Report Under The Bylaw?
If your business is manufacturing, you are located in the City of Toronto (which includes, the former cities of Toronto, East York, Etobicoke, North York, York and Scarborough) and are using or releasing one of the listed priority substances, you may be required to report each year under the Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw (Municipal Code Chapter 423).
When Does It Apply?
There are three phases in the ChemTRAC reporting Bylaw. Although the first reporting deadline is June 30th 2011, not all facilities are required to report during the 1st year. The table below highlights when different facilities and industries are required to report emissions:
|Phase 1 Facilities|
First Reporting Deadline: Report 2010 data by June 30, 2011
|Phase 2 Facilities|
First Reporting Deadline: Report 2011 data by June 30, 2012
|Phase 3 Facilities
First Reporting Deadline: Report 2012 data by June 30, 2013
|Food and beverage||Chemical wholesale|
|Printing and publishing||Dry cleaning, laundry services|
|Power generation||Funeral services||All other facilities that are not exempt under the Bylaw|
|Manufacturing, including chemical and petroleum products||Waste management and remediation|
|Wood industries||Medical and diagonostic laboratories|
|Water treatment||Auto repair and maintenance|
Facilities That Are Exempt From Reporting Include:
- Facilities engaged solely in retail sales
- Medical or dental offices
- Construction and building maintenance sites
- Food and accommodation services
- Facilities that distribute, store or sell fuels
- Facilities that maintain and repair vehicles (A facility that maintains and repairs vehicles such as cars, trucks, locomotives, ships or aircraft are exempt ONLY if the facility does not paint or strip vehicles or their components, rebuild or re-manufacture vehicle components. This means that you aren’t required to report if your facility only does general mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance services for motor vehicles, such as engine repair and maintenance, exhaust system replacement, transmission repair and electrical system repair, oil change, lubrication, washing, or tire repair. If your facility is an auto body shop or similar facility then you may need to report to ChemTRAC. Auto body shops include facilities that repair and paint vehicles after a collision.)
What Do I Need To Report?
If you emit the substances listed below to the air, and in an amount (during the calendar year) more than listed, then you are required to report your emissions to the City:
|Chemical Name||Mass Reporting Threshold kg/yr|
|1,2-Dibromo ethane (Ethylene dibromide)||100|
|1,2-Dichloroethane (Ethylene dichloride)||100|
|Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride)||100|
|Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)||10b|
|Nitrogen Oxidesc (NOx)||200|
|Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5)||30|
|Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) total||100|