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11th May 2021

Update on Product Care Ontario MHSW fee reductions and suspension of fertilizer fee reductions for June 2021

To Product Care Ontario paint and PSF members:

Background: In 2020 the ON Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) directed Stewardship Ontario to transfer paint and PSF surplus funds to Product Care to be applied by Product Care as fee reductions, effective January 1, 2020.

The table below shows the amounts received and applied as fee reductions as of the end of March 2021 for each ISP material.

Product Care conducted a reconciliation of paint fee reductions applied in 2020 compared to 2020 market share, and then distributed the remainder of the paint surplus funds in early 2021.

Fee reductions continue for the remaining products, however a similar reconciliation and final distribution will be conducted for each product, after the months indicated in the table above.

For fertilizers, May 2021 will be the last month fee reductions will be applied (reported to Product Care in June 2021). Thereafter, fertilizer members will be required to report and remit EHFs.

In August 2021 Product Care will conduct a fertilizer fee reduction reconciliation for the 17-month period January 2020 to May 2021, including monthly and quarterly reporters. The remaining ON fertilizer surplus funds will then be distributed by Product Care, in accordance with the reconciliation, as refund payments.

For pesticides and solvents, it is expected that the fee reductions will be suspended after June 2021 and September 2021 respectively, to be followed by a similar reconciliation and final refund process.

For any questions regarding MHSW fee reductions in Ontario, please email Patrick Chauvet, Director – Ontario Programs, at


The Product Care Team

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