Ontario’s new HSP Regulation with RPRA – Webinar & Registration Update

Following a consultation on its proposed 2021 Registry Fees for Blue Box and Hazardous and Special Products (HSP), the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) has released the final 2021 Registry Fee Schedule. HRAI submitted industry comments requesting to delay the implementation of Registry fees until January 2022, as the fees are not pro-rated and RPRA conveyed that the online Registry portal will not be operational.

These annual fees applied to registrants, described in section 41 of the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (RRCEA, 2016), are set and collected by the Authority to cover costs related to building and operating the Registry, as well as compliance and enforcement activities specifically related to the HSP Regulation (O.Reg 449/21).

Despite voicing member concerns, producers of Category C products (mercury-containing barometers, thermometers, thermostats) will be required to pay a flat fee of $7,500 upon registering with the Authority, as had been proposed. 

The regulation takes effect on October 1, 2021, with the requirement for producers to have a collection and management system, as well as a promotion and education program in place for the HSP. However the Authority recognizes the need for additional time for registration and has extended the deadline for producers to register to November 30, 2021.

To support HSP producers and stakeholders in understanding and complying with their regulatory obligations, RPRA has been delivering a Circular Economy Learning Series, under which the fifth event is Understanding Ontario’s new Hazardous and Special Products Regulation. RPRA is hosting a webinar for HSP producers, providing them with an opportunity to ask questions directly to the Authority.

The webinar is scheduled for next Wednesday, September 15th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (ET), and topics discussed will include:

  • Obligated HSP materials
  • Who is an HSP producer?
  • Registration and reporting requirements
  • Working with producer responsibility organizations (PROs)

To register for the webinar next week, please follow the link below

🔗 Zoom Webinar Registration

RPRA reported that producers will be provided with detailed guidance and learning resources, including requirements under the regulation, how to register and report with the Authority well ahead of the aforementioned deadline. For more information, please visit RPRA’s Website.

HRAI and members continue to seek clarifications on producer and product definitions under the regulation, in addition to expressing their concern to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks on the chosen enforcement model creating unnecessary burden on thermostat manufacturers.

For more information, please contact Tiffany Desjardins or Caroline Czajko at HRAI. 

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