Canada National AIM Certification

Canadian VOC Emission Standards

Canada National AIM Certification

On March 27, 2004, the Government of Canada outlined its plan to develop regulations under CEPA 1999 to set VOC emission standards for consumer products. In October 2006, the Government of Canada outlined the aproach to reduce emissions of air pollutants and committed to propose regulations limiting VOCs in consumer products.

Canada National AIM Rule

The proposed VOC concentration limits have been developed to align with requirements in those U.S. states that are members of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC).

Protects the environment and health of Canadians by setting VOC concentration limits for 53 categories of architectural coatings under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) implemented on September 9, 2010.

Canada National Rule Exemptions

 
  • Small Container

Manufacturers can only supply coatings above maximum VOC limits if packages in containers of one liter or less if they are categorized as one of eight coating categories, including: Faux Finishing, High Temperature Coatings, Lacquers including Lacquer Sanding Sealers, Varnish, Quick-Dry Enamels, Satins, Rust Preventative Coatings, or Low Solids Coatings.

  • Grandfather

A two-year sell-through provision allowing non-compliant products manufactured and in Canada prior to the effective date can be sold two additional years.

VOC Concentration Limits

COATING CATEGORY

CANADIAN AIM (EFFECTIVE 9/9/10) (G/L)

Flat

100

Non-Flat

150

Non-Flat High Gloss

250

Industrial Maintenance General

340

Industrial Maintenance High Temp

420

Primer

200

Quick Dry Primer

200

Specialty Primer

350

Quick Dry Enamel

250

Floor

250

Rust Preventative

400

Stains

250

Dry Fog

400

Varnish

350

Waterproof - Wood

250

Waterproof - Concrete

400





 

For the most up-to-date and accurate regulatory data, please consult the appropriate regulatory organization www.ec.gc.ca.

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