Environmental Approvals

Hazardous Waste Program


DGHTA Licence exemptions for specified Used Oil Collection and Used oil Burner facilities

Amendments to The Dangerous Goods Handling and Transportation Act (DGHTA) passed under Bill 24 (the Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act, 2017), along with supporting amendments to the Hazardous Waste Regulation, came into force on March 15, 2018.

The DGHTA amendments, passed under Bill 24, provide an exemption from the requirement to obtain a hazardous waste disposal facility licence to:

  1. Used oil burning facilities with a heating capacity that does not exceed 500,000 Btu/hr; and
  2. Used oil collection facilities with a maximum storage capacity of 5000 L of used oil.

Amendments to the Hazardous Waste Regulation set exemption requirements, and impose conditions on all exempt facilities. These conditions are similar to existing licensing conditions that had been included in these facility licences.

As a result of these amendments, please be advised that as of March 15, 2018, licences are no longer required for facilities that meet the standards prescribed in the regulation. In addition, the previous licences issued pursuant to Section 8 (4) of the Act in respect of the above stated facilities have been effectively rendered null and void.

However, it should be noted that these facilities are still required to comply with the applicable regulatory criteria specified in the regulation.

Recent legislative amendments can be viewed here:

Facilities involved in the treatment, disposal or bulk storage of any other hazardous waste (other than used oil, used oil filters, used oil containers) are still required to obtain the DGHTA licence. [e.g.: a used oil collection facility having a storage capacity of 5000 L also accepts household hazardous wastes. This facility will require a DGHTA licence].

For additional information, please contact:

Environmental Approvals Branch

Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Branch
Regional Environment Offices


Hazardous waste is generated in the normal course of operation of various industries. Wastes that are classified as hazardous present a greater danger to human health and the environment than other waste material as a result of their specific chemical, physical and biological properties. Examples of some common types of hazardous wastes are waste oil, waste oil filters, waste paint, waste solvents, waste lead acid batteries, waste pesticides, etc.

The Hazardous Waste Program administers the regulations pursuant to The Dangerous Goods Handling and Transportation Act that sets out requirements pertaining to the generation, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste. The hazardous waste legislation establishes a system of controlling hazardous waste from 'cradle to grave' (i.e. from the point at which it is generated to the point at which it is converted into a non-hazardous substance, recycled or otherwise disposed of safely). The management system for hazardous waste involves the registration of hazardous waste generators, and the licensing of hazardous waste carriers and hazardous waste receivers. The hazardous waste movement document/manifest (a special shipping document for hazardous waste that is completed by the generator, carrier and receiver of the waste) provides the means for tracking the movement of hazardous waste.