Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System

Canada’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Offset Credit System encourages municipalities, Indigenous communities, foresters, farmers and other project developers to undertake innovative projects that reduce GHGs compared to business-as-usual practices. Canada’s GHG Offset Credit System enables proponents of offset projects to generate federal offset credits if they register and implement projects meeting requirements in the Canadian Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System Regulations and an applicable federal GHG offset protocol.

Offset credits represent verified GHG reductions achieved by a project either by reducing GHG emissions or increasing GHG removals from the atmosphere. Offset credits can be sold and used for compliance by facilities covered in the federal Output-Based Pricing System or sold and used by others who are looking to meet voluntary climate targets or commitments.


Canada’s GHG Offset Credit System is now accepting applications for project registration under the Landfill Methane Recovery and Destruction and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Refrigeration Systems protocols.

Applications for project registration under the Landfill Methane Recovery and Destruction protocol must be submitted by December 7, 2023, for projects that started prior to the publication of the protocol (i.e. between Jan. 1, 2017 and June 7, 2022).

Refer to the "Credit and Tracking System" tab above for details on how to apply.

GHG Offsets Toolkit

Information and resources related to carbon markets and offset systems primarily intended for Indigenous audiences, but helpful to anyone

Compendium of Federal Offset Protocols

A listing of federal offset protocols available for use under Canada’s GHG Offset Credit System

Contact information

For inquiries on the Credit and Tracking System:

For general inquiries on Canada’s GHG Offset Credit System:

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