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Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations

Version of section 17 from 2009-09-09 to 2018-02-01:


Marginal note:Required information

  •  (1) Any person that manufactures, imports, sells or offers for sale an architectural coating set out in the schedule must indicate, on the container in which the architectural coating is to be sold, the following information:

    • (a) on the container’s label, lid or bottom, the date on which the architectural coating was manufactured or a code representing that date;

    • (b) on the container’s label or lid, the instructions regarding dilution of the architectural coating with solvents other than water or, if dilution or thinning of the architectural coating prior to use is not necessary, a statement that the coating is to be applied without dilution or thinning;

    • (c) in the case of an industrial maintenance coating, on the container’s label or lid, one or more of the following statements:

      • (i) “For industrial use only”,

      • (ii) “For professional use only”,

      • (iii) “Not for residential use”, or

      • (iv) “Not intended for residential use”;

    • (d) in the case of a clear brushing lacquer, on the container’s label or lid, the statement “For brush application only” and either

      • (i) “This product must not be diluted or sprayed”, or

      • (ii) “This product must not be thinned or sprayed”;

    • (e) in the case of a rust preventive coating, on the container’s label or lid, one of the following statements:

      • (i) “For metal surfaces only”, or

      • (ii) “For metal substrates only”;

    • (f) in the case of a specialty primer, sealer or undercoater, on the container’s label or lid, one or more of the following statements:

      • (i) “For blocking stains”,

      • (ii) “For fire-damaged surfaces” or “For fire-damaged substrates”,

      • (iii) “For smoke-damaged surfaces” or “For smoke-damaged substrates”,

      • (iv) “For water-damaged surfaces” or “For water-damaged substrates”, or

      • (v) “For excessively chalky surfaces” or “For excessively chalky substrates”;

    • (g) in the case of a quick-dry enamel, on the container’s label or lid, the dry–hard time and the words “Quick dry”;

    • (h) in the case of a high-gloss coating, on the container’s label, the words “High gloss”; and

    • (i) in the case of a traffic marking coating with a VOC concentration greater than 150 g/L, on the container’s label or lid, the statement “Not for application for the period beginning on May 1 and ending on Oct 15”.

  • Marginal note:Effective date

    (2) Subject to subsection 4(2), subsection (1) takes effect in respect of each architectural coating set out in the schedule

    • (a) for the manufacturer or the importer, on the corresponding anniversary of the day on which these Regulations come into force as set out in column 3; or

    • (b) for the seller or the person offering for sale, two years after the corresponding anniversary of the day on which these Regulations come into force as set out in column 3.

  • Marginal note:Readability

    (3) The information must be displayed legibly and conspicuously and in the same manner in both official languages.

  • Marginal note:Date code

    (4) Every manufacturer or importer of an architectural coating set out in the schedule must provide the Minister, on request, with an explanation of any date code indicated on the coating’s container to represent the date of manufacture.

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