List of Recognized Offset Programs and Protocols for the Federal OBPS

Important notice

In order to allow sufficient time for Alberta’s review and retirement process, persons responsible should submit a request to change the status of emission offsets held in their account in the Alberta Emission Offset Registry (AEOR) by November 16, 2020 (extended) from Active to Pending Retire-Federal OBPS. Requests for status change made in the AEOR after this deadline may not be completed in time for persons responsible to remit the emission offsets as recognized units for compensation under the federal OBPS by the regular-rate compensation deadline of April 15, 2021.

The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act permits a unit or credit recognized under the federal Output-Based Pricing System Regulations (OBPS Regulations) as a compliance unit to be remitted by persons responsible for covered facilities as compensation for excess emissions.

A recognized unit is a credit or unit recognized as a compliance unit under the OBPS Regulations. The unit or credit is recognized as a compliance unit if it is issued by a province or territory under an offset protocol and offset program that is specified on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s List of Recognized Offset Programs and Protocols for the federal OBPS (see below). In addition, at the time of remittance, all recognized units must be valid, have been generated from a project located in Canada with a project start date of January 1, 2017 or later, and have been verified by an accredited verification body in good standing, in accordance with the OBPS Regulations.

Only provincial or territorial offset programs and offset protocols that meet the specific eligibility criteria outlined in the OBPS Regulations will be placed on the List of Recognized Offset Programs and Protocols for the federal OBPS below. This placement will occur, once arrangements are in place with the respective province or territory for tracking and use of eligible offset credits as recognized units for compensation under the federal OBPS.   

Environment and Climate Change Canada will update the List of Recognized Offset Programs and Protocols for the federal OBPS on this page below from time to time, to add or remove protocols, as provinces and territories put in place new eligible protocols, including updates to existing ones, or as new offset programs are established.

List of Recognized Offset Programs and Protocols for the Federal OBPS

Recognized Program: Alberta Emission Offset System

Program Authority: Alberta Environment and Parks – Climate Change and Implementation Branch

Website: https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-emission-offset-system.aspx

Program Listing Date: August 25, 2020

Recognized protocols

Recognized Program: British Columbia Greenhouse Gas Emission Offset System

Program Authority: British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy - Climate Action Secretariat

Website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/industry/offset-projects

Program Listing Date: August 25, 2020

Recognized Protocols

To be announced


For further information on requirements for use of recognized units for compensation under the federal OBPS, see:

The deadline for submitting a status change request for the 2019 compliance period has been extended to November 16, 2020 and is not reflected in the following document.

 

Please note

Please contact us at: ec.stfr-obps.ec@canada.ca if you require an accessible version of these documents.

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