The Government of Canada publication of a consultation document on proposed amendments to the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations is open for a public comment period. These amendments are intended to improve existing regulatory provisions and achieve additional VOC reductions.
In July 2022, the Government of Canada published a renewed Federal Agenda on the Reduction of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) from Consumer and Commercial Products. The actions identified in this new agenda, to be implemented over the 2022 to 2030 period, aim to further reduce VOC emissions from various consumer and commercial products, including architectural coatings. Specifically, for architectural coatings the Government of Canada is proposing to amend the current requirements to achieve additional VOC reductions and clarify certain existing regulatory provisions.
It is proposed that prohibitions applicable to manufacture and import of architectural coatings in excess of the applicable VOC concentration limits take effect one year after the coming into force date of the amended regulations for most coating categories.
Submit your comments on the proposed amendments by January 13, 2023 at Produits-Products@ec.gc.ca. Please put “Consultation – proposed amendments to the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations” in the subject line of your message.
For any questions you may have on this initiative send email to Produits-Products@ec.gc.ca.
Matt LeBrun, Director
Industrial Sectors and Chemicals Directorate
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St-Joseph Blvd.
Gatineau, QC, K1A 0H3