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Sulphur in Gasoline Regulations

Version of section 1 from 2020-12-16 to 2024-06-19:

  •  (1) The definitions in this subsection apply in these Regulations.


    Act means the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. (Loi)


    additive means a substance that is added to gasoline that does not materially affect its composition and that has been demonstrated to improve the gasoline’s characteristics so as to enhance engine performance and includes metal deactivators, oxidation inhibitors, corrosion inhibitors, icing inhibitors and induction system detergents. (additif)


    auditor[Repealed, SOR/2015-187, s. 1]

    authorized official

    authorized official means

    • (a) in respect of a corporation, an officer of the corporation who is authorized to act on its behalf;

    • (b) in respect of any other person, that person or a person authorized to act on behalf of that person; and

    • (c) in respect of any other entity, a person authorized to act on its behalf. (agent autorisé)


    batch means an identifiable quantity of gasoline with a single concentration of sulphur, as sampled and measured in accordance with section 3. (lot)


    blend means the production of a batch by mixing gasoline or gasoline components, including oxygenates. It does not include

    • (a) the mixing of only low-sulphur gasolines; or

    • (b) the adding of only additives, sulphur-limited oxygenates or sulphur-limited butane to low-sulphur gasoline. (mélange)

    blending facility

    blending facility means a facility in Canada in which blending occurs, and includes a cargo tanker, railway car, boat, marine vessel or other type of mobile facility in which blending occurs. (installation de mélange)

    California gasoline

    California gasoline[Repealed, SOR/2015-187, s. 1]

    California Phase 2 gasoline

    California Phase 2 gasoline[Repealed, SOR/2003-319, s. 1]

    cargo tanker

    cargo tanker means a motor vehicle or trailer on which a bulk liquid tank is mounted. (camion-citerne)

    competition vehicle

    competition vehicle means a vehicle, boat or marine vessel that is used exclusively for competition. (véhicule de compétition)


    gasoline means

    • (a) a fuel that is sold or represented as gasoline; or

    • (b) a petroleum distillate, or a mixture of petroleum distillates, oxygenates or additives, that is suitable for use in a spark ignition engine and that has the following characteristics, as determined by the applicable test method listed in the National Standard of Canada CAN/CGSB-3.5-2011, entitled Automotive Gasoline,

      • (i) a vapour pressure of at least 35 kPa,

      • (ii) an antiknock index of at least 80,

      • (iii) a distillation temperature, at which 10% of the fuel has evaporated, of not less than 35°C and not greater than 70°C, and

      • (iv) a distillation temperature, at which 50% of the fuel has evaporated, of not less than 60°C and not greater than 120°C. (essence)

    gasoline-like blendstock

    gasoline-like blendstock means gasoline, other than gasoline dispensed from a refuelling facility, that is intended to be further refined or blended to produce low-sulphur gasoline and that has been identified as gasoline-like blendstock under section 5. (composé de base de type essence automobile)


    grade means the differentiation of gasoline by a minimum antiknock index. (qualité)


    imported[Repealed, SOR/2000-104, s. 5]

    low-sulphur gasoline

    low-sulphur gasoline means gasoline that meets the requirements of subsections 2(1) to (3) and that has been identified as low-sulphur gasoline under section 5. (essence à faible teneur en soufre)


    oxygenate means an oxygen-containing, ashless, organic compound that, when added to gasoline, increases the oxygen content in the gasoline. (produit oxygéné)

    pool average

    pool average means the volume-weighted average concentration of sulphur in gasoline that, during a year, is produced at a refinery or blending facility or imported, as calculated in accordance with section 10. (moyenne de l’ensemble des lots)

    primary supplier

    primary supplier means

    • (a) in respect of gasoline that is produced at a refinery or blending facility, a person who

      • (i) owns, leases, operates, controls, supervises or manages the refinery or blending facility, or

      • (ii) owns the gasoline in the blending facility; and

    • (b) in respect of gasoline that is imported, the importer. (fournisseur principal)


    produced[Repealed, SOR/2000-104, s. 5]


    refinery means a facility in Canada that separates and converts crude oil or other feedstock into liquid petroleum products, and includes any producing, processing, blending, shipping and packaging facilities located on the property of such a facility. (raffinerie)

    registration number

    registration number means a number provided by the Minister pursuant to section 7 of the Benzene in Gasoline Regulations. (numéro d’enregistrement)

    scientific research

    scientific research does not include research into the preferences of consumers for differing properties of gasoline or marketing research. (recherche scientifique)

    sulphur-limited butane

    sulphur-limited butane means butane with a sulphur concentration that does not exceed the applicable limit set out in paragraph 2(1)(b). (butane à concentration limitée en soufre)

    sulphur-limited oxygenate

    sulphur-limited oxygenate means an oxygenate with a sulphur concentration that does not exceed the applicable limit set out in paragraph 2(1)(b). (produit oxygéné à concentration limitée en soufre)

    trading system

    trading system means the temporary sulphur compliance unit trading system referred to in subsection 13(1). (système d’échange)


    year means a calendar year. (année)

  • (2) Any regulation, standard or method that is incorporated by reference in these Regulations is incorporated as amended from time to time.

  • SOR/2000-104, s. 5
  • SOR/2003-319, s. 1
  • SOR/2015-187, s. 1
  • SOR/2020-277, s. 1

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