You may use the following assessment process for ChemTRAC reporting.

You May Be Required to Report

IF

Your facility is located in Toronto

and

you do one or more of the following activities:

  • Operate a medical or chemical laboratories
  • Operate a chemical wholesale
  • Operate a water or wastewater treatment plant
  • Use chemicals or cleaning materials that contain VOCs
  • Use one or more dust collectors
  • Manufacture or use any of the priority substances
  • Use natural gas to provide heat for the processes
  • Welding
  • Metal processing

Go to Step 2

You are Not Required to Report

IF

Your facility is NOT located in Toronto

or

You only do one or more of the following activities:

  • Office activities
  • Retail
  • Distribution of products
  • Operating a warehouse

 

To help you estimate the amounts you need to report to ChemTRAC, Toronto Public Health has developed the 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 chemtrac@toronto.ca 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.

Process Calculators Guide
If you use one or more dust collector Dust Collectors (Excel)
Using chemicals that contain VOCs or painting Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) (Excel) Guide 
Metal Processing:

– Metal cutting

– Machining, drilling and other processes with metal alloys to produce metallic products

Metal Processing (Excel) (Processes such as cutting, drilling, bending, etc on metals)
 Welding
Process heating
If you use 2 or more calculators Calculation of Totals (Excel)
(Add the results from output summary tables of two or more calculators into this calculator to find the total amounts and identify if any chemical meets the reporting threshold)

*See “Notes about the Calculators” on this page
**Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

You are required to keep the records and supporting document for 5 years, including:

  • Calculation files
  • Summary of the amount of paint products, cleaning agents, degreasing materials or other chemicals that contain VOCs, along with their Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for the reporting year
  • Summary of electrode types and the weight of each electrode used for the reporting year
  • The specification sheet of each dust collector  and the operating schedules for the reporting year
  • The natural gas bills for the reporting year, if you used natural gas for any process heat
  • Confirmation page that you printed after submitting your report (see step 4)

Compare the results of each chemical (from the Output Summary table in the calculators) with corresponding thresholds in the appropriate reporting categories.

Chemical Name Sources

Threshold
(kg/yr)

Category
Chloroform Various processes, natural gas combustion

100

Processed, Otherwise Used
1,2-Dichloroethane (Ethylene dichloride) Various processes, natural gas combustion

100

Processed, Otherwise Used
Acetaldehyde Various processes, natural gas combustion

100

Processed, Otherwise Used
Tetrachloroethylene (Perchloroethylene) Various processes, natural gas combustion

100

Otherwise Used
Dichloromethane (Methylene chloride) Various processes, natural gas combustion

100

Otherwise Used
Formaldehyde  Various processes, natural gas combustion

100

Processed, Otherwise Used
Particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) Using one or more dust collectors, cutting, crushing, grinding, welding, natural gas combustion

30

Released to Air
Volatile organic compounds total (VOCs) Using chemicals, solvents, cleaning agents that contain VOCs, natural gas combustion

100

Released to Air
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) Natural gas fired boilers you have used to provide heat for your processes

200

Released to Air
Mercury and its compounds Various processes

1

Otherwise Used
Chromium, hexavalent, and its compounds Metal cutting, processing, machining, welding, natural gas combustion

10

 Processed
Chromium, non-hexavalent, and its compounds Metal cutting, processing, machining, welding, natural gas combustion

100

 Processed
Cadmium and its compounds Metal cutting, processing, machining, welding, natural gas combustion

1

 Processed
Lead and its compounds Metal cutting, processing, machining, welding, natural gas combustion

10

 Processed
Manganese and its compounds Metal cutting, processing, machining, welding, natural gas combustion

10

 Processed
Nickel and its compounds Metal cutting processing, machining, welding, natural gas combustion

100

 Processed

 

For more chemicals, please check the “Complete List”.

Reporting Deadline is June 30th Each Year

Submit your report if any of the amounts are equal to or exceed the reporting thresholds

Or

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 five years.

221210 – Natural Gas Distribution

221230 – Sewage Treatment Facilities

232990 – All Other Special Trade Contracting

334290 – Other Communications Equipment Manufacturing

334410 – Semiconductor and Electronic Component Manufacturing

334511 – Navigational and Guidance Instruments Manufacturing

334512 – Measuring, Medical and Controlling Devices Manufacturing

334610 – Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media

485110 – Urban Transit Systems

561910 – Packaging and Labelling Services

622111 – General (except paediatric) Hospitals

812921 – Photo Finishing Laboratories (except one-hour)

 

For other NAICS Codes, please check the “Statistics Canada” website.

The calculators listed above are the most current versions. It is strongly recommended to download the calculator each time you use it.

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 in Step 2 – 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 to all or parts of your business operations. You can choose to use these calculators or other tools 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.