Iron ore pellet sector: environmental performance agreement overview

New reporting deadline

Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for submitting the annual report for the 2019 calendar year is extended to August 1, 2020.

This environmental performance agreement is in effect from January 5, 2018 to June 1, 2026.

Iron ore pellet sector: environmental agreement


The objective of this agreement is to implement the base level industrial emissions requirements (BLIERs) developed for the iron ore pellet sector.


This agreement has been negotiated between:

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
  • Iron Ore Company of Canada
  • ArcelorMittal Mining Canada G.P.

Key requirements

The participating companies agree to:

  1. achieve and maintain the BLIERs for emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5)
  2. participate in a nitrogen oxides (NOx) technical working group
    • the working group will prepare a report including opportunities for the reduction and/or improved control of NOx emissions


Type of reports Deadline
Annual report June 1 (each calendar year of this agreement, starting in 2018)
NOx working group report 2020 to 2021
ECCC public reporting Annually

Where to submit

All annual reports are to be submitted electronically to

Performance results

Both companies submitted their annual report by the June 1 deadline. Reports indicate that both companies are on track to meet their emissions targets for PM2.5 and SO2 in 2019. The NOx working group was created in July 2018 and is composed of industries, experts from the private sector, ECCC and provinces. We participated in the first meeting held on September 19, 2018.

Verification results

We received and verified the annual reports, which include PM2.5 and sulfur content in fuel data. However, these requirements are applicable from July 2018. Based on insights from the data received, we will make modifications to the reporting template. These modifications are intended to improve next year’s reporting.

Background information

Federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers are taking action to better protect human health and the environment by endorsing and implementing the air quality management system. It includes:

  • Canadian ambient air quality standards for fine particulate matter, ground-level ozone and SO2
  • BLIERs
  • local air zone management by the provincial/territorial jurisdictions

Summary of instruments to implement BLIERs

The Government of Canada led a federal, provincial and territorial consensus process with stakeholder involvement to complete the development of BLIERs. For the iron ore pellet sector, quantitative BLIERs were developed for PM2.5 and SO2 and qualitative BLIERs were developed for NOx.

Response to comments

A draft agreement was posted for public consultation on the Government of Canada's environmental performance agreements website for 60 days. No comments were received from stakeholders.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St-Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau QC  K1A 0H3


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