Exemptions for confidential business information for workplace hazardous products: Filing a claim
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Online application form
To file a claim for exemption under the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act:
- Complete and submit the claim for exemption online application form
- Attach the required documents associated with your claim to your submission, including:
- safety data sheets (SDSs)
- labels, if applicable
- any other documents related to your claim
Application form: Claim for exemption under the Hazardous Materials Review Act
Transport form for submitting additional documents to Health Canada
Guide for using the claim for exemption online application form for workplace hazardous products
After receiving your application, we will review it and register your claim if it meets the filing requirements, including receipt of payment. Next, we will assess the validity of your claim according to the criteria outlined in section 3 of the Hazardous Materials Information Review Regulations.
Contact us for a link to a recorded a webinar that offers a step-by-step tutorial for completing the online application form.
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To use the online application form you must be connected to the internet with a browser such as:
- Chrome Version 28 or higher
- Firefox Version 18 or higher
- Microsoft Edge Version 93 or higher
- Safari Version 9 or higher
- Opera Version 12 or higher
If you want to continue protecting your CBI beyond the 3-year exemption period, you may refile for another exemption before your original exemption expires.
To refile, you must follow the same steps as when you filed your original claim but select "refile" on the online application form. You must attach the most recent product SDS (and label, if applicable) to your claim. If there are changes to product composition, we may ask you to re-submit your application as a "new" claim.
If your claim meets all filing requirements, including receipt of payment, we will issue a new registry number that you must display on your SDS (and label, if applicable). You may not re-use the registry number from your original exemption.
You do not have to re-file if you have decided to:
- disclose all CBI and remove the registry number and date of validity decision from the product SDS (and label, if applicable) or
- withdraw the product from the Canadian market if you are a supplier and/or your own workplace if you are an employer
All claims are subject to a fee, as prescribed in sections 4, 5 and 7 of the Hazardous Materials Information Review Regulations.
Fees are subject to an annual adjustment in accordance with the Service Fees Act. On April 1 of each calendar year, fees are adjusted using the April All-items Consumer Price Index for Canada, as published by Statistics Canada for the previous fiscal year.
Number of claims (filed at one time)
2021-2022 Fee amount
2022-2023 Adjusted fee amount
|2021-2022 Fee amount
|2022-2023 Adjusted fee amount
|1 to 15||$1872.64||$1936.31||$936.32||$968.15|
|16 to 25||$416.15||$430.30||$208.07||$215.14|
|26 and above||$208.07||$215.14||$104.04||$107.58|
|1 to 15||$1498.11||$1549.05||$749.06||$774.53|
|16 to 25||$332.91||$344.23||$166.46||$172.12|
|26 and above||$166.46||$172.12||$83.23||$86.06|
Small businesses pay half the regular rate if they:
You must complete payment within 30 days of receiving an invoice number. An invoice number and a valid Health Canada customer number are required to process your payment.
Contact us if you did not receive an invoice number for your claim.
Contact Accounts Receivable if you need a Health Canada customer number.
All payments must be made in Canadian dollars.
1. Cheque, money order or bank draft
Payments must be made payable to the "Receiver General for Canada".
Include your Health Canada customer number and invoice number(s) with your payment.
We will return your payment if it doesn't have required information.
Send your payment to:
Accounts Receivable, P/L 1918B
18th Floor, Room 1804B
161 Goldenrod Driveway, Tunney's Pasture
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
2. Credit card
Call 1-800-815-0506 and provide:
- Customer number and invoice number(s)
- Cardholder's full credit card number
- Expiry date
- Cardholder's name, address and phone number
You cannot make credit card payments by email.
3. Wire transfer
Payments must be made in Canadian dollars to:
|Bank name:||Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec
1 Complexe Desjardins, South Tower, 15th floor
Montréal, QC H5B 1B3
|Beneficiary name:||022-25631 - Health|
|Beneficiary account number:||MFI09703350815CAD2|
|Description field:||(Include your Health Canada customer number and invoice number(s))|
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