New regulations from Environment Canada: Mercury

Important notice – New regulations from Environment Canada on products containing mercury

Do you import or manufacture products containing mercury?

The Products Containing Mercury Regulations reduce the risks to the environment and human health from mercury found in manufactured products, including measuring devices, such as thermometers and thermostats, lamps, switches, and batteries.

While the Regulations prohibit the import and manufacture of mercury-containing products in Canada, there are exemptions that allow the import and manufacture of a small number of mercury containing products, under certain conditions.

Some specific mercury content limits expire following a specified date, after which no mercury will be allowed in these products.

These Regulations prohibit the import and manufacture of products containing mercury and its compounds. Exemptions exist under certain conditions, including total mercury content.

The Regulations will come into force on November 8, 2015. After this date, regulatory requirements are in force.

As of November 8, 2015, mercury-containing products allowed by the Regulations will be required to have a specific statement in a readily visible location on the product and/or the package and other required labelling information.

Manufacturers and importers of mercury-containing products will be required to report on their activities (import, manufacture) and provide product information (quantities, mercury content, etc.). A first report for the year 2016 will be required by March 31, 2017. Subsequent reports will be required every three years.

How many of your products will be affected ?


Axxess International can help you to determine the impact of these new regulations on your commercial imports.

Do not hesitate to contact our Customs Consulting Service to obtain more information or assistance.


Marc Filion, CCS/CTCS

Director, Customs Consulting

Tél : 514-849-9377-Ext.2241

Email :


Marc-Antoin Jean, CCS

Senior Customs Consultant

Tél : 514-849-9377-Ext.2268

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