Federal Halocarbon Regulations information

Proposed Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2020

Environment and Climate Change Canada has published a proposal to repeal and replace the Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003 (FHR 2003). The proposed Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2020 aim to continue minimizing releases of halocarbons to the environment while addressing various administrative and operational issues in a practical manner.

Proposed Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2020

There is a 60-day public comment period on this publication, ending on January 13, 2021. Comments on the proposed FHR 2020 can be submitted to:

Director, Chemical Production Division
Department of the Environment, Gatineau, Québec, K1A 0H3
Fax: 819-938-4218
Email: ec.gestionhalocarbureshalocarbonsmanagement.ec@canada.ca

Two previous consultations took place on proposed revisions to the FHR 2003: one in 2013 with four face-to-face meetings and two webinars, and another electronic consultation in 2017. Stakeholders and Indigenous groups were encouraged to review a Consultation Document and provide input on the proposed revisions.

Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003 (SOR/2003-289) and regulations amending the Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003 (SOR/2009-221)

In Canada, the federal, provincial and territorial governments have legislation in place for the protection of the Ozone Layer and management of ozone-depleting substances and their halocarbon alternatives. The use and handling of these substances are regulated by the provinces and territories in their respective jurisdictions, and through the Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003 (FHR 2003) for refrigeration, air-conditioning, fire-extinguishing, and solvent systems under federal jurisdiction.

The FHR 2003 were published in August 2003 and amended in July 2009 under the authority of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.  The purpose of the FHR 2003 is to protect the ozone layer and the climate by reducing and preventing emissions of ozone-depleting substances and of their halocarbon alternatives to the environment from air-conditioning, refrigeration, fire-extinguishing and solvent systems that are:

  • located on federal or aboriginal lands; or
  • owned by federal departments, boards and agencies, Crown corporations, or federal works and undertakings.

The FHR 2003 replaced the former Federal Halocarbon Regulations and incorporated new provisions to achieve an orderly transition from CFCs and Halons to alternative substances and technologies, reflecting Canada's Strategy to Accelerate the Phase-Out of CFC and Halon Uses and to Dispose of the Surplus Stocks.

The July 2009 amendments to the FHR 2003 addressed comments and recommendations of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations to improve the regulatory text. In addition, these amendments updated the references to the two Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada standards that were revised and translated in 2004, and corrected editorial oversights that had been identified in the FHR 2003. The amendments did not change the intent or scope of the FHR 2003.

View full text of the consolidated Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003 in HTML or View full text of the consolidated Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003 in PDF (225 KB)

View full text of the original Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003 (available in PDF only) (1.3 MB)

View full text of the Regulations Amending the Federal Halocarbon Regulations 2003 (available in PDF only) (2.3 MB)

Fact sheets and frequently asked questions

Permit application forms under the FHR 2003

Under the Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003, permits are required for certain activities related to specified systems. The filled forms can be submitted by e-mail, mail or fax.

Halocarbons Management
Chemical Production Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Boulevard, 19th floor
Gatineau QC  K1A 0H3
Fax: 819-938-4218

Service logs, notices and release reports templates under the FHR 2003

Under the Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003, services logs, notices and release reports are required for certain activities related to specified systems.

For requirements under the Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003, please refer to the full text and any amendments of these Regulations.

Templates are available:

Technical Assistance

Codes of practice

Contact information and addresses for reporting releases of halocarbons

New Brunswick, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador

Emergency Number (verbal reporting):
1-800-565-1633* or (902) 426-6030 for New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Nova Scotia
1-800-563-9089* or (709) 772-2083 for Newfoundland and Labrador

Mailing Address (written reporting):
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
16th floor, Queen Square
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth NS B2Y 2N6
Fax: 902-426-7924
email: ec.rfh-2003-atl-fhr-2003-atl.ec@canada.ca

Quebec

Emergency Number (verbal reporting): 1-866-283-2333* or (514) 283-2333

Mailing Address (written reporting):
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
105 McGill Street (3rd floor)
Montreal QC H2Y 2E7
Fax: 514-496-2087
email : ec.installationsfederalesqc-federalfacilitiesqc.ec@canada.ca

Ontario

Emergency Number (verbal reporting): 1-800-268-6060* or (416) 325-3000

Mailing Address (written reporting):
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement Directorate
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Canadian Center for Inland Waters
867 Lakeshore Rd.
Burlington ON L7S 1A1
Fax: 289-313-6709
email: ec.fhr.ontario.ec@canada.ca

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, N.W.T., Nunavut

Emergency Number (verbal reporting):
(204) 944-4888 for Manitoba
1-800-667-7525 for Saskatchewan
(780) 422-4505 or 1-800-222-6514* for Alberta
(867) 920-8130 for Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Mailing Address (written reporting):
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Eastgate Offices
9250 - 49 Street NW
Edmonton AB T6B 1K5
Fax: 780-495-2451
email: ec.dale-rpn-enforcement-pnr.ec@canada.ca

British Columbia and Yukon Territory

Emergency Number (verbal reporting):
1-800-663-3456 for British Columbia
(867) 667-7244 for Yukon

Mailing Address (written reporting):
Regional Director
Environmental Enforcement Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
201-401 Burrard Street (4th floor)
Vancouver BC V6C 3S5
Fax: 604-666-9059
email: ec.pydalerfh-pyeedfhr.ec@canada.ca

* Telephone number accessible only within the respective province.

Regional contacts for the Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2003

British Columbia, Yukon Territory

Steve Arrell
telephone: 867-393-6847
email: ec.rfhprocomrpy-fhrcompropyr.ec@canada.ca

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NWT, Nunavut

email: ec.promconrpn-compropnr.ec@canada.ca

Quebec

Hélène Bourassa
telephone: (514) 283-6216
email: ec.rfhqc-fhrqc.ec@canada.ca

Ontario

Lisa McClemens
telephone: (613) 949-8278
email: ec.promcon-on-compro.ec@canada.ca

New Brunswick, P.E.I., Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador

Adam Fancy
telephone: (902) 426-8066
email: ec.rfh-2003-atl-fhr-2003-atl.ec@canada.ca

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