Registering a facility to the Output-Based Pricing System

Who must apply

An owner or operator of a covered facility must apply to register the facility with the OBPS.

A facility that meets all of the criteria outlined in the Registration Notice is a “covered facility”.

An application must be submitted by a “responsible person”. Owners or operators of a facility are responsible persons.

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When there is more than one responsible person for a facility, requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA) and its regulations apply to each responsible person. However, compliance by any one of the responsible persons will satisfy the obligations. As such, one responsible person must apply for registration on behalf of the others. Before applying to register, responsible persons must decide amongst themselves who will submit the application on behalf of all of them.

If the application is approved, a covered facility certificate will be issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to the responsible person that submitted the application. Only this responsible person can seek registered emitter status with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Fuel delivered to a registered emitter will not be subject to the fuel charge if the registered emitter provides an exemption certificate to its supplier and declares that the fuel will be for use in its covered facility. The fuel charge will generally apply when fuel is diverted for use outside the covered facility.

The registration application must be made through the Single Window Information Manager (SWIM).This is an online system that many facilities already use to submit reports required under other federal and provincial legislation. The system will automatically pre-populate a facility’s application with information already provided in SWIM, including the applicant’s information. Therefore, it may be simplest to apply to register from the account of an owner or operator who has already been identified in SWIM. Regardless of who applies, information about all responsible person(s) must be provided. 

When to apply

Applications for registration may be submitted starting November 1, 2018 and should be submitted as early as possible to avoid delays in the processing of an application. Successful applicants will receive a covered facility certificate.

How to apply

Applications to register a covered facility must be submitted through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Single Window Information Manager (SWIM). This will be available starting on November 1, 2018. Facilities that have previously reported emissions through the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) will already have access.

For more information, see guidance on how to apply to register for the OBPS.

Help with applying to register

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) will be holding instructional webinars on OBPS registration requirements and the application process. For further information, please refer to the guidance on how to apply to register for the OBPS.

For questions related to an application to register, please send an email to or call 1-833-849-9160.

After you apply

ECCC will review applications to register a facility. If additional information is needed, ECCC will follow up with the contact person identified in the application and the application process will be placed on hold until the information is submitted.

Applicants will be informed of the results by email. Applicants will be able to view and download covered facility certificates through the Single Window Information Manager.

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