Ontario Toxic Reduction Act

The Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) and the toxics reduction regulation (Reg. 455/09) apply to Ontario facilities where manufacturing activities or mineral processing activities take place and the facility is required to provide information under the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) or Ontario Regulation 127/01 – Airborne Contaminant Discharge Monitoring and Reporting.  The following reporting criteria applies to the facilities operating in Ontario:

  • Must be classified  under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code starting with “31”, “32”, “33”, or “212” (only when chemicals are used for processing, other than for wastewater treatment),
  • required to report releases of a prescribed toxic substance under the NPRI, or acetone under Ontario Regulation 127/01.

The purpose of the act is to track and quantify the amount of each toxic substance that is used, created, destroyed, transferred or released in an effort to identify stages or processes at a facility that have the potential to reduce the use and creation of toxic substances.

The information gathered from the accounting is used to develop a Toxic Substance Reduction Plan for submission to the Ministry of the Environment, and a summary of the plan for public disclosure. Implementation of the reduction plan is voluntary, and progress is tracked through annual updates, and reviewed at specified intervals.  The plan must be certified by the highest ranking management official at the facility and a certified Toxic Substance Reduction Planner.

Please visit the MOE website for more information regarding the toxic reduction regulation: ebr.gov.on.ca

We are here to discuss your compliance needs and assist you with  reporting under TRA and reduce your operating costs.