Iron ore pellet sector: environmental performance agreement overview

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

Iron ore pellet sector: Environmental agreement


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


The agreement has been negotiated between Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC); Iron Ore Company of Canada and 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 1st (each calendar year of the 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

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 (AQMS). The AQMS includes Canadian ambient air quality standards for fine particulate matter, ground-level ozone and SO2, base level industrial emissions requirements (BLIERs) and local air zone management by the provincial/territorial jurisdictions.

Summary of final and proposed instruments used to implement base-level industrial emission requirements

ECCC 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 sulphur dioxide (SO2) and qualitative BLIERs were developed for NOx.

Response to comments

The 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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Mining and Processing Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
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Gatineau QC K1A 0H3


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