Canada National AIM rule

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.

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 aim 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.

For the most up-to-date and accurate regulatory data, please consult the appropriate regulatory organization

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