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:

  1. 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

  2. If your documents exceed the size limit of the online form or if we request additional information, submit these additional documents using the transport form
  3. Transport form for submitting additional documents to Health Canada

  4. Refer to the guide for using the claim for exemption online application form for helpful tips and information about the application process
  5. Guide for using the claim for exemption online application form for workplace hazardous products

We will then review your application and determine if the claim meets the validity criteria outlined in section 3 of the Hazardous Materials Information Review Regulations. If we find your claim to be valid or partially valid, we will issue a registry number that you must display on your SDS (and label, if applicable).

Contact us for a link to a recorded a webinar that offers a step-by-step tutorial for completing the online application form.

Email: whmis.claim-demande.simdut@hc-sc.gc.ca

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Refiling

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 we find your refiled claim to be valid or partially valid, 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:

Fees

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.

Table: Summary of the annual adjusted fees
Claim type

Number of claims (filed at one time)

2021-2022 Fee amount
(per claim)

2022-2023 Adjusted fee amount 
(per claim)

Small business

2021-2022 Fee amount
(per claim)
2022-2023 Adjusted fee amount 
(per claim)

Original

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

Refile

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

Notes:
Fee adjustment is based on the CPI, +3.4%.

Small businesses pay half the regular rate if they:

  • Had a gross annual revenue of $3 million or less in the claimant's fiscal year immediately preceding the fiscal year in which the claim is filed and
  • Employ 100 employees or fewer

Payment

You must complete payment within 30 days of receiving a claim validity decision. All claim validity decisions are accompanied by a unique invoice number that is required to process your payment. A valid Health Canada customer number is also required.

Contact us if you did not receive an invoice number for your claim.

Email: whmis.claim-demande.simdut@hc-sc.gc.ca

Contact Accounts Receivable if you need a Health Canada customer number.

Email: ar-cr@hc-sc.gc.ca

Payment options

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:

Health Canada
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:


Wire transfer
Bank name: Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec
1 Complexe Desjardins, South Tower, 15th floor
Montréal, QC H5B 1B3
Canada
SWIFT: CCDQCAMM
Bank number: 815
Transit number: 98000
Routing number: 081598000
Beneficiary name: 022-25631 - Health
Beneficiary account number: MFI09703350815CAD2
Charges field: "OUR"
Description field: (Include your Health Canada customer number and invoice number(s))
  • Ensure your payment covers all service charges, including fees charged by your bank or any intermediary banks
  • Any payments sent in non-Canadian funds will be rejected
  • If you have problems with the transaction, contact the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec at 1-866-866-7000
  • You must email proof of your wire transfer payment to ar-cr@hc-sc.gc.ca and include your customer and invoice number(s)
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