Permits of equivalent levels of environmental safety

 

Under section 190 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA), the Minister has the authority to issue a permit of equivalent level of environmental safety (PELES).  Such a permit can authorize an activity to be conducted in a manner that does not comply with the requirements of division 8, part 7 of CEPA regarding the control and movement of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable material.

To issue this type of permit, the Minister must be satisfied that the proposed activities provide a level of environmental safety that is at least equivalent to that provided by complying with the requirements of division 8 of CEPA. Such a variance from the regulations under specific conditions must be consistent with Canada’s international obligations and will be issued on a case-by-case basis.

To apply

An application for a PELES should be made in writing to DM-MD@ec.gc.ca and include the following:

  • the name and section(s) of the relevant regulation
  • complete contact information for the applicant including a Canadian address and the name of a contact person
  • a description of the applicant’s activities/procedures to illustrate what happens during a transboundary movement of hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material under various scenarios
  • a description of the hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material being transported
  • an explanation and justification of the mechanism or alternate activity to be used to provide a level of environmental safety that will be equivalent to that provided by the Regulation.

To obtain a copy of a PELES, please write to the Minister at the following address: DM-MD@ec.gc.ca

Current permits

PELES issued under section 190 of CEPA 1999
PELES Permit holder Issued Expires Hazardous waste Variance to the Cross-Border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Regulations
EC21-001 Daniels Sharpsmart Canada Ltd. October 31, 2021 October 31, 2024 Biomedical waste Subsections 79(b), 80(1) to 80(5) of the Regulations
EC21-003 Retriev Technologies Ltd. October 31, 2021 October 31, 2024 Batteries, small electric and electronic devices Subsections 79(b), 80(1) to 80(5) of the Regulations
EC21-004 Call2Recycle Canada Inc. October 31, 2021 October 31, 2024
Batteries, cell phones Subsections 79(b), 80(1) to 80(5) of the Regulations
EC21-005 Raw Materials Company Inc. October 31, 2021 October 31, 2024 Batteries, small electric and electronic devices, light tube or bulbs Subsections 79(b), 80(1) to 80(5) of the Regulations
EC21-006 Laurentide Re-Sources Inc. October 31, 2021 October 31, 2024
Batteries, small electric and electronic devices Subsections 79(b), 80(1) to 80(5) of the Regulations
EC22-001 Li-Cycle Americas Corp. March 01, 2022 March 01, 2025
Batteries Subsections 79(b), 80(1) to 80(5) of the Regulations

Under CEPA, individuals and companies are entitled to confidentiality. Where the Act or other legislation prohibits the disclosure of such information, it will be protected from disclosure.

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