Food and Beverage Manufacturing – ChemTRAC Reporting
You may use the following assessment process for ChemTRAC reporting.
Step 1: Do I Need to Report?
You May Be Required to Report
Your facility is located in Toronto
you do one or more of the following activities:
- Produce food and related raw materials such as meat, dairy, and spices
- Produce beverage
- Produce snacks
- Operate commercial bakeries
- Use heat for your processes
- Have one or more dust collectors
- Use chemicals and cleaning agents that contain VOCs
- Operate a restaurant or retail facility which also manufactures food or beverages for wholesale
Go to Step 2
You are Not Required to Report
Your facility is NOT located in Toronto
You only do one or more of the following activities:
- Operate a restaurant
- Operate a store
- Distribute products
- Operate a warehouse
- Operate back-up generators for your facility and you do not sell the electricity to grid line
Step 2: Do the Calculation
To help you estimate the amounts you need to report to ChemTRAC, Toronto Public Health has developed calculators* that you can use. These can be opened using Microsoft Excel or a free office suite such as OpenOffice (www.openoffice.org) or LibreOffice (www.libreoffice.org).
These documents may not be fully AODA** compliant. For accessible formats or communication support, please contact ChemTRAC (email email@example.com or call 416-338-7600).
You may download the calculators related to your business processes. If you use more than one calculator, you may use the “Calculation of totals” calculator to add up the use and release amounts.
* See “Notes about the Calculators” on this page ** Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
You are required to keep your records and supporting documents for 5 years, including:
- Calculation files
- Summary of the related raw material amounts used in the reporting year, along with their Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
- Summary of the cleaning material amounts used or other chemicals that are VOCs or contain VOCs and used in the reporting year, along with their Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
- Specification sheets for dust collectors to show the air flow rates and for filters to show the efficiencies if any
- The natural gas bills for the reporting year, if you used natural gas for any process heating
- Confirmation page that you printed after submitting your report (see step 4)
Step 3: Compare the Results with the Thresholds
Compare the results for each chemical (from the Output Summary table in the calculators) with corresponding thresholds in the appropriate reporting categories.
|Acetaldehyde||Fermentation, food additives||100||Manufactured|
|Formaldehyde||Fermentation, food additives||100||Manufactured|
|Chloroform (Trichloromethane)||Food additive||100||Otherwise Used|
|Volatile organic compounds total (VOCs)||Process chemicals and cleaning solvents that contain
VOCs; natural gas combustion
|100||Released to Air|
|Particulate matter (PM2.5)||Grinding, mixing, blending, other processes; natural gas combustion||30||Released to Air|
|Nitrogen oxides (NOx)||Natural gas you have used for oven, drying, baking process or boilers to provide heat for your processes||200||Released to Air|
For more chemicals please check the “Complete List”.
Step 4: Submit Your Report
Reporting Deadline is June 30th Each Year
Submit your report if any of the amounts are equal to or exceed the reporting thresholds
if all of the amounts are below the reporting threshold, you may submit a report as a below threshold facility
Reminder: Print the confirmation page after submitting your report and keep it for 5 years.
Food and Beverage Manufacturing North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes
311225 – Fat and Oil Refining and Blending
311310 – Sugar Manufacturing
311320 – Chocolate and Confectionery Manufacturing from Beans
311330 – Confectionery Manufacturing from Purchased Chocolate
311340 – Non-Chocolate Confectionery Manufacturing
311420 – Fruit and Vegetable Canning, Pickling and Drying
311511 – Fluid Milk Manufacturing
311515 – Dairy Product (except Frozen and Fluid) Manufacturing
311614 – Rendering and Meat Processing from Carcasses
311615 – Poultry Processing
311821 – Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing
311822 – Flour Mixes and Dough Manufacturing from Purchased Flour
311823 – Dry Pasta Manufacturing
311920 – Coffee and Tea Manufacturing
311930 – Flavouring Syrup and Concentrate Manufacturing
311940 – Seasoning and Dressing Manufacturing
311990 – All Other Food Manufacturing
312110 – Soft Drink and Ice Manufacturing
312120 – Breweries
312130 – Wineries
For other NAICS Codes please check the “Statistics Canada” website.
Fact Sheets and Pollution Prevention Guides
Notes about the Calculators
The calculators listed above are the most current versions. It is strongly recommended to download the calculator each time you want to use.
The above calculators can help you identify which priority substances (chemicals) your facility uses or releases, and estimate the amounts of these chemicals to see if you need to report to the Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw. Depending on the processes your business uses, you may need to use more than one of the calculators on the list above – if this is the case, you can add up the amounts using the “Calculation of Totals” calculator.
These calculators are provided solely as an aid. They may not apply or all or parts of your business operations. You can choose to use these calculators or other tools that may be applicable to estimate chemical use and emissions. The City of Toronto makes no representation or warranty as to the applicability of these tools to your facility or to your obligation to comply with the Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw (Municipal Code Chapter 423). It is the responsibility of each facility owner or operator to take the necessary steps to ensure compliance with the bylaw.