Storage tank registry

The Federal Identification Registry for Storage Tank Systems (FIRSTS) is an online database where storage tank system owners enter information about their storage tank systems and receive an Environment and Climate Change Canada identification number. Storage tank systems that do not have a valid identification number displayed in a readily visible location on or near the storage tank system may be refused product delivery. Identification numbers are in the format EC-12345678.

The Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations require that owners identify their storage tank systems to Environment and Climate Change Canada. One master account will be created in FIRSTS for each storage tank system owner (an organization or an individual).  The master account holder can create sub-accounts and assign access permissions for other individuals as needed.

To obtain an account for the identification registry send an email request to Include the following information in the request:

  1. Confirmation that the company, organization or individual owns storage tank systems that are subject to the regulations. Information about the application of the regulations can be found in Tank Tips 2 or in the regulations.

  2. The legal name of the company, organization or individual that owns storage tank systems that are subject to the regulations. This will be the name of the account in FIRSTS.

  3. The name of the person (master account holder) who will coordinate the identification of storage tank systems for the company, organization or individual. Note that the master account holder must confirm that the account request is valid if the request for an account comes from a different individual. The name, contact information and e-mail address of the master account holder should be included.

After an account is created, this identification form (PDF; 1.2 MB) can be used to record the required information about storage tank systems prior to entering the data into FIRSTS.

An identification number will be generated immediately following online submission. As an alternative to online submission, storage tank system owners can send (fax or mail) completed forms to Environment and Climate Change Canada for processing using the contact information on the last page of the form. Note that times for processing paper forms vary and owners will receive identification numbers more quickly by entering the information directly online.

Please contact the Storage Tank Team for additional information.

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