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14th September 2023

Registration requirements for the Alberta Hazardous and Special Products (HSP) Regulations

Dear Product Care members, 

As previously communicated, the Government of Alberta passed Extended Producer Responsibility regulations for Hazardous and Special Products (HSP) in November 2022. 

The regulations define HSP in Alberta as: 

  • Corrosive products * 
  • Corrosive product containers* 
  • Flammable products* 
  • Flammable products containers* 
  • Pesticides* 
  • Pesticide containers* 
  • Toxic products* 
  • Toxic products containers* 
  • Batteries*

*Supplied in quantities under 10Kg for solids, 10L for liquids and 680g for gaseous products. 

Note: Paint is not included in the HSP regulations and remains under the ARMA paint program. Batteries will be managed by another PRO. 

The Alberta EPR regulation created an Authority (oversight body) to administer the regulation. The Authority for HSP is the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA). The regulation gave ARMA the power to create by-laws that will governs the program, including but not limited to: 

  • Producers and PRO registration requirements 
  • Reporting requirements 
  • Fees paid to ARMA (fees TBD) 
  • Requirements of collection systems and consumer awareness 
  • Product scope clarification 
  • Records and data that must be collected and kept 
  • Inspections, verification and audits requirements 

We have finally received an update from the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) on the by-laws of the HSP Program and can now share this information with Producers.   

The program is required to be operational by April 1, 2025 

Product Care will be hosting three identical webinars, which will cover. 

  • Producer obligations 
  • Registration requirements  
  • Data requirements 
  • Next Steps 

We encourage producers to register for one of these webinars through the following links: 

Note: The webinars will present identical information. Producers only need to attend one. 

Session #1: Wednesday, 27th September, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT:  

Session #2: Wednesday, 4th October 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT:  

Session #3: Wednesday, 11th October, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT: 


What information do Producers need to register with Product Care? 

The registration for Producers will include submitting or confirming the following information to Product Care. 

  • Name, contact information, and address of the producer. 
  • Name and contact information of the person responsible for registering the producer (Primary contact). 
  • The brand name(s), if applicable, of each designated material (see key terms) that producers supplied to consumers in Alberta in the previous calendar year (See below) 
  • Whether the producer is a brand holder, an importer, or a retailer. (See below) 
  • Whether the producer is a franchisor with franchisees in Alberta. 
  • The weight (Kg or L) of designated material supplied to consumers in Alberta in the previous calendar years (2021-2023). 

How will producers provide this information to Product Care? 

Product Care intends to have Producers register through our and submit the required data in line with how they currently submit their EHF data. Once ARMA has defined their reporting requirements, we will educate producers on how to submit this information.  

Who is obligated as a “Producer”? (Brand Holder/ Importer / Retailer)

The regulations (s. 14) define a Producer, for HSP, in a hierarchy, as:  

  1. a) The brand holder of the product if the brand holder is a resident of Canada
  2. b) If there is no brand holder resident in Canada, the importer of the product is resident in Alberta
  3. c) If there is no person described in (a) or (b), the retailer who supplied the product to the consumer

Collecting Data 

How do I classify my products? / What is included in the Alberta HSP Program? 

The definitions for what is included in the HSP regulations in Alberta broadly align with the definitions of HHW under the Manitoba HHW program. Note. Alberta HSP includes Flammable solids. 

The table below compares how products would be reported under the MB HHW and Alberta HSP programs. It is designed to allow producers who already categorize their products for the MB HHW Program to be able to quickly classify their products for the Alberta HSP program. For example, if a product is categorized as “Flammable Liquids/Solvents 0.75L or less” under the MB HHW Program, it will be classified as a flammable product under the Alberta HSP Program.  

Manitoba HHW Reporting Category AB HSP Product Categories (Total Kg or L) 
Flammable Liquids/Solvents 0.75L or less Flammable Products 


Flammable Liquids/Solvents 751ml to 1L 
Flammable Liquids/Solvents 1.01L to 2L 
Flammable Liquids/Solvents 2.01L to 4L 
Flammable Liquids/Solvents – Aerosols 75ml or less 
Flammable Liquids/Solvents – Aerosols 76ml – 200ml 
Flammable Liquids/Solvents – Aerosols 201ml or more. 
Physically Hazardous Products 
Corrosives 0.75L or less Corrosive Products  
Corrosives 751ml to 1L 
Corrosives 1.01L to 2L 
Corrosives 2.01L to 4L 
Corrosives – Aerosols 75ml or less 
Corrosives – Aerosols 76ml – 200ml 
Corrosives – Aerosols 201ml or more. 
Toxics 0.75L or less Toxic Products  
Toxics 751ml to 1L 
Toxics 1.01L to 2L 
Toxics 2.01L to 4L 
Toxics – Aerosols 75ml or less 
Toxics – Aerosols 76ml – 200ml 
Toxics – Aerosols 201ml or more. 
Pesticides 0.75L or less Pesticide Products 
Pesticides 751ml to 1L 
Pesticides 1.01L to 2L 
Pesticides 2.01L to 4L 
Pesticides – Aerosols 75ml or less 
Pesticides – Aerosols 76ml – 200ml 
Pesticides – Aerosols 201ml or more. 

How do I quantify the weight of products I supply in or into Alberta? 

Like the Ontario HSP program, the Alberta HSP program will require producers to report on each product category’s total weight (L or KG) rather than the units supplied. In their latest form, the By-laws require producers to report the total weight of the designated product and the total weight of the containers together.  

Producers will need to  

  • Identify which products are included in the Alberta HSP regulations. 
  • Identify the weight (Kg or L) of each designated product (including the packaging).  

Next Steps 

  • Attend one of the webinar sessions to learn about the registration process and how to gather your data for registration. (see webinar information above) 


  • PROs must submit a collections and management plan to ARMA by October 1, 2024. 
  • The EPR System for HSP must be operational by April 1, 2025. 


Alberta Hazardous and Special Products Regulation 

Alberta Regulation Extended Producer Responsibility Programs. 

EPR Oversight – ARMA – Corporate ( 

For further information or should you have any questions, please contact  

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