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Pollution prevention planning program

In an effort to prevent pollution at the source, pollution prevention is part of a comprehensive plan to protect the sewage collection and treatment system, our rivers and lakes, and the environment by:

  • avoiding the use of pollutants wherever possible,
  • reducing the amount of pollutants that reach the wastewater system, if avoiding is not possible, and
  • eliminating pollutants wherever possible by replacing products with more environmentally friendly products.

Businesses must submit a Pollution Prevention Plan if the business:

  • is identified in Schedule E of the Sewer By-law, and
  • discharges to the:
    • wastewater system any of the prohibited substances listed in Schedule A.
    • wastewater system any of the substances in excess of the concentration limits set out in Schedule B.
    • land drainage system any of the prohibited substances listed in Schedule C.
    • land drainage system any of the substances in excess of the concentration limits set out in Schedule D.

Forms

Please use the following forms if you are required to participate in the Pollution Prevention Planning Program. All forms can be filled out online* and emailed directly to us by selecting the "Submit" button at the bottom of the form. A step-by-step "wizard" will help you email the form. Once sent, a copy of the file is in your email program's sent items folder.

  • P2 Plan Template (Fillable PDF format)
    Complete this form if your business received a letter stating: Pollution Prevention Plan Required.
  • Progress Update Template (Fillable PDF format)
    Complete this form if your business is currently implementing an approved Pollution Prevention Plan.
  • Home Business Declaration Form (Fillable PDF format)
    Complete this form if your business operates out of a residential dwelling.

*Please open and fill these forms with Adobe Reader plugin. You may experience some difficulty viewing the content of these PDFs if you are using the built-in PDF viewer in your browser. Visit Adobe Support for more information and assistance or download the form by right-clicking on the link and select 'Save link as…'.

Examples

Please use the following examples to guide you through completing the above forms.


Businesses required to submit a plan

Tier 1-A - Metal Finishing Businesses

Tier 1-B - Metal Finishing Businesses

Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4 *New for 2018*

Tier 5 *New for 2019*

Tier 6 *New for 2020*


Frequently asked questions

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Pollution prevention planning outlines measures to control and prevent pollution at source by:

  • avoiding the use of pollutants wherever possible,
  • reducing the amount of pollutants that reach the wastewater system, if avoiding is not possible, and
  • eliminating pollutants wherever possible by replacing products used with more environmentally friendly products.

In an effort to prevent pollution at the source, pollution prevention is part of a comprehensive plan to protect the wastewater collection and treatment system, our rivers and lakes, and the environment by:

  • improving water quality,
  • controlling toxic metals and organics, and
  • improving the quality of biosolids.

We have added the pollution prevention planning requirement to the City of Winnipeg Sewer By-law in 2010 to help comply with provincial regulations. We are also following a recommendation in the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) Model Sewer Use By-law.

Yes. Pollution prevention planning can:

  • reduce pollutants at the source,
  • replace raw materials with more environmentally friendly products,
  • minimize health risks for both employees and citizens,
  • reduce risks of liability,
  • reuse input materials,
  • use energy, materials and resources more efficiently,
  • reduce waste disposal costs,
  • avoid costly clean ups,
  • avoid costly fines, and
  • promote a greener image within the community.

We require the business tiers listed in Schedule E of the Sewer By-Law to meet Pollution Prevention Planning requirements. We will expand this list over time to include more business tiers (e.g. glass manufacturing, furniture manufacturing, rubber and plastic manufacturing, car washes, and auto repair).

Before we can add other business tiers, we require approval from City Council. We will give new business tiers one year's notice on our web page of the requirement to meet Pollution Prevention Planning requirements.

We will contact you to set up an inspection of your facility. You will be required to submit a Pollution Prevention Plan if your business falls within one of the business tiers listed in Schedule E of the Sewer By-law, and discharges:

  1. any of the prohibited substances listed in Schedule A to the wastewater system,
  2. any of the substances in excess of the concentration limits set out in Schedule B to the wastewater system,
  3. any of the prohibited substances listed in Schedule C to the land drainage system, or
  4. any of the substances in excess of the concentration limits set out in Schedule D to the land drainage system.

You must:

  • prepare your plan using the template provided
  • submit your plan for our approval,
  • submit annual progress reports, and
  • update your plan once every five years to show progress towards your goals

A Pollution Prevention Plan is a document that you may have to submit within six months of being notified. The plan must contain the following information:

  • business information including what your company produces,
  • a list of all pollutants on the premises,
  • the characteristics of your wastewater and land drainage discharges,
  • a description of the processes that create pollutants,
  • a description of current wastewater treatment and future options, and
  • an implementation schedule to bring your business into compliance with the Sewer By-law.

The template for the Pollution Prevention Plan is located in the forms section.

We will accept your plan if:

  • you do provide enough information to determine if pollutants will be reduced,
  • pollutants will be reduced to acceptable levels, and
  • pollutants will be reduced in a justifiable time period.

If your plan is not accepted you will have 90 calendar days to resubmit it.


You must notify us within 30 calendar days if you need to make changes to the:

  • name of the owner of the business,
  • description of the processes that use pollutants,
  • processes that will be altered during the life of the plan,
  • list of pollutants on your premises, or
  • characteristics of your wastewater or land drainage.

You may be required to submit a new plan.

You can notify us of other changes in your annual progress update. These would include changes to:

  • options for pollutant reduction,
  • descriptions of current treatment, or
  • timelines with justifications.

A Home Business Declaration Form is a document that you may have to submit if your business operates out of a residential dwelling. This confirms that you are a business that falls within Schedule E and that you are in compliance with the Sewer By-law.

A progress update is a document that must:

  • be submitted annually within 30 calendar days of the anniversary of the date that your plan was approved, and
  • contain sufficient information so that we can evaluate the progress your business is making towards the goals in the plan and your ability to accomplish those goals.

The template for the progress update is located in the forms section.

We will then determine if you are meeting the requirements of the by-law. We may conduct future inspections and monitoring to ensure you remain in compliance.

If you continue to be in compliance with the by-law, you will no longer need to complete plans or progress updates.

Yes, most major cities have requirements in place for Pollution Prevention Planning.

  • Vancouver – waste discharge permits are required for restricted wastes and codes of practice are required for select tiers. Provisions exist for voluntary pollution prevention planning and the use of Best Available Technology for treatment of some wastewater discharges.
  • Edmonton – a "Permit to Release" and compliance program is required.
  • Calgary – has a voluntary Pollution Prevention Planning Program.
  • Toronto – has mandatory Pollution Prevention Planning requirements for specific tiers.
  • Ottawa – discharge agreements, compliance programs or Best Management Practice plans are required.
  • Hamilton – a compliance program is required.
  • Windsor – is considering the implementation of a Pollution Prevention Planning program.
  • Kingston – a compliance program is required and a Best Management Practice plan may be required in some instances.
  • Montreal – a discharge permit is required.
  • Halifax – a compliance agreement is required.

If you are in the program and do not submit a plan, you will be violating the by-law and subject to penalty. We may:

  • suspend or cancel your licence to use the City's sewer system,
  • issue written orders to cease the contravention or to correct the by-law violation within a specific time, or
  • take court action. If found guilty in court you could be fined $1,000 - $250,000.

Businesses required to submit a plan

Effective January 2012, businesses that meet the following two criteria will be required to submit a pollution prevention plan. We will contact those businesses that are required to prepare a plan at least six months before the deadline.

  1. Businesses that fall within one of the following business tiers
  2. Businesses that discharge to the:
    1. wastewater system:
      • any of the prohibited substances listed in Schedule A of the Sewer By-law
      • any of the substances in excess of the concentration limits set out in Schedule B of the Sewer By-law
    2. land drainage system:
      • any of the prohibited substances listed in Schedule C of the Sewer By-law or
      • any of the substances in excess of the concentration limits set out in Schedule D of the Sewer By-law

Tier 1-A - January 2012

Metal processing companies NAICS code*
Primary production of alumina and aluminum 331313
Steel foundries 331514
Prefabricated metal building and component manufacturing 332311
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating and Allied Activities 332810
Other ornamental and architectural metal work manufacturing 332329
Metal tank (heavy gauge) manufacturing 332420
Other metal container manufacturing 332439
Metal valve manufacturing 332910
All other miscellaneous fabricated metal product manufacturing 332999

Tier 1-B - January 2013

Metal processing companies NAICS code*
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferro-Alloy Manufacturing 331110
Iron and Steel Pipes and Tubes Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 331210
Non-Ferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Smelting and Refining 331410
Iron Foundries 331511
Non-Ferrous Die-Casting Foundries 331523
Non-Ferrous Foundries (except Die-Casting) 331529
Forging 332113
Stamping 332118
Cutlery and Hand Tool Manufacturing 332210
Concrete Reinforcing Bar Manufacturing 332314
Power Boiler and Heat Exchanger Manufacturing 332410
Hardware Manufacturing 332510
Spring (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 332611
Other Fabricated Wire Product Manufacturing 332619
Machine Shops 332710
Turned Product and Screw, Nut and Bolt Manufacturing 332720
Ball and Roller Bearing Manufacturing 332991
Metal Can Manufacturing 332431
Cold-Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturing 331211
Steel Wire Drawing 331222
Aluminum Rolling, Drawing, Extruding and Alloying 331317
Copper Rolling, Drawing, Extruding and Alloying 331420
Non-Ferrous Metal (except Copper and Aluminum) Rolling, Drawing, Extruding and Alloying 331490
Fabricated structural metal manufacturing 332319
Metal Window & Door manufacturing 332321

* NAICS code refers to the North American Industrial Classification System.

Tier 2 - July 2013

Paper Manufacturing NAICS code*
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferro-Alloy Manufacturing 331110
Mechanical Pulp Mills 322111
Chemical Pulp Mills 322112
Paper (except Newsprint) Mills 322121
Newsprint Mills 322122
Paperboard Mills 322130
Corrugated and Solid Fibre Box Manufacturing 322211
Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing 322212
Other Paperboard Container Manufacturing 322219
Paper Bag and Coated and Treated Paper Manufacturing 322220
Stationery Product Manufacturing 322230
Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing 322291
All Other Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 322299


Petroleum and Coal Product Manufacturing NAICS code*
Petroleum Refineries 324110
Asphalt Paving Mixture and Block Manufacturing 324121
Asphalt Shingle and Coating Material Manufacturing 324122
Other Petroleum and Coal Product Manufacturing 324190


Chemical Manufacturing NAICS code*
Petrochemical Manufacturing 325110
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 325120
Synthetic Dye and Pigment Manufacturing 325130
Alkali and Chlorine Manufacturing 325181
All Other Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing 325189
Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing 325190
Soap and Cleaning Compound Manufacturing 325610
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 325620
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 325510
Adhesive Manufacturing 325520
Resin and Synthetic Rubber Manufacturing 325210
Artificial and Synthetic Fibres and Filaments Manufacturing 325220
Printing Ink Manufacturing 325910
Explosives Manufacturing 325920
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 325991
All Other Miscellaneous Chemical Product Manufacturing 325999
Chemical Fertilizer (except Potash) Manufacturing 325313
Mixed Fertilizer Manufacturing 325314
Pesticide and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 325320


Printing and Related Support Activities NAICS code*
Quick Printing 323114
Digital Printing 323115
Manifold Business Forms Printing 323116
Other Printing 323119
Support Activities for Printing 323120


Misc. Industries NAICS code*
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 316110
Battery Manufacturing 335910
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 325410

* NAICS code refers to the North American Industrial Classification System.

Tier 3 - July 2014

Textile and Fabric Manufacturing NAICS code*
Textile and fabric finishing 313310
Fabric coating 313320
Linen and uniform supply 812330


Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing NAICS code*
Cement Manufacturing 327310
Ready-mix concrete manufacturing 327320
Concrete pipe, brick and block manufacturing 327330
Other concrete product manufacturing 327390


Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing NAICS code*
Semiconductor and other electronic component Manufacturing 334410


Jewellery and Silverware Manufacturing NAICS code*
Jewellery and silverware manufacturing 339910


Testing Laboratories NAICS code*
Testing laboratories 541380


Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories NAICS code*
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 621510


Funeral Homes NAICS code*
Funeral Homes 812210


Dry Cleaning and Laundry Services NAICS code*
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Services (except coin-operated) 812320


Photo Finishing Services NAICS code*
Photo Finishing Laboratories (except one-hour) 812921
One Hour Photo Finishing 812922


Waste Treatment and Disposal NAICS code*
Waste Treatment and Disposal 562210


Food and Beverage Manufacturing NAICS code*
Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing 311111
Other Animal Food Manufacturing 311119
Flour Milling 311211
Rice Milling and Malt Manufacturing 311214
Wet Corn Milling 311221
Oilseed Processing 311224
Fat and Oil Refining and Blending 311225
Breakfast Cereal Manufacturing 311230
Sugar Manufacturing 311310
Non-chocolate Confectionery Manufacturing 311340
Chocolate and Chocolate confectionary Manufacturing from Cacao Beans 311351
Confectionary Manufacturing from Purchased Chocolate 311352
Frozen Food Manufacturing 311410
Fruit and Vegetable Canning, Pickling, and Drying 311420
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 311511
Butter, Cheese, and Dry and Condensed Diary Product Manufacturing 311515
Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert Manufacturing 311520
Animal (except poultry) slaughtering 311611
Rendering and Meat Processing from Carcasses 311614
Poultry Processing 311615
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 311710
Retail Bakeries 311811
Commercial Bakeries and Frozen Bakery Product Manufacturing 311814
Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing 311821
Flour Mixes, Dough, and Pasta Manufacturing from Purchased Flour 311824
Tortilla Manufacturing 311830
Roasted Nut and Peanut Butter Manufacturing 311911
Other Snack Food Manufacturing 311919
Coffee and Tea Manufacturing 311920
Flavouring Syrup and Concentrate Manufacturing 311930
Seasoning and Dressing Manufacturing 311940
All Other Food Manufacturing 311990
Soft Drink and Ice Manufacturing 312110
Breweries 312120
Wineries 312130
Distilleries 312140

Tier 4 - January 2018

Automotive Repair and Maintenance NAICS code*
General automotive repair 811111
Automotive exhaust system repair 811112
Other automotive mechanical and electrical repair and maintenance 811119
Automotive body, paint and interior repair and maintenance 811121
Automotive glass replacement shops 811122
Car washes 811192
All other automotive repair and maintenance 811199


Transportation Equipment Manufacturing NAICS code*
Automobile and light-duty motor vehicle manufacturing 336110
Heavy-duty truck manufacturing 336120
Motor vehicle body manufacturing 336211
Truck trailer manufacturing 336212
Motor home, travel trailer and camper manufacturing 336215
Motor vehicle gasoline engine and engine parts manufacturing 336310
Motor vehicle electrical and electronic equipment manufacturing 336320
Motor vehicle steering and suspension components (except spring) manufacturing 336330
Motor vehicle brake system manufacturing 336340
Motor vehicle transmission and power train parts manufacturing 336350
Motor vehicle seating and interior trim manufacturing 336360
Motor vehicle metal stamping 336370
Other motor vehicle parts manufacturing 336390
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 336410
Railroad rolling stock manufacturing 336510
Ship building and repairing 336611
Boat building 336612
Other transportation equipment manufacturing 336990


Gas Stations NAICS code*
Gasoline stations with convenience stores 447110
Other gasoline stations 447190


Miscellaneous Industries NAICS code*
Commercial screen printing 323113
Mushroom production 111411

Tier 5 - January 2019

Wood Product Manufacturing NAICS code*
Sawmills (except shingle and shake mills) 321111
Shingle and shake mills 321112
Wood preservation 321114
Hardwood veneer and plywood mills 321211
Softwood veneer and plywood mills 321212
Structural wood product manufacturing 321215
Particle board and fibreboard mills 321216
Waferboard mills 321217
Wood window and door manufacturing 321211
Other millwork 321919
Wood container and pallet manufacturing 321920
Manufactured (mobile) home manufacturing 321991
Prefabricated wood building manufacturing 321992
All other miscellaneous wood product manufacturing 321999


Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing NAICS code*
Plastic bag and pouch manufacturing 326111
Plastic film and sheet manufacturing 326114
Unlaminated plastic profile shape manufacturing 326121
Plastic pipe and pipe fitting manufacturing 326121
Laminated plastic plate, sheet (except packaging), and shape manufacturing 326130
Polystyrene foam product manufacturing 326140
Urethane and other foam product (except polystyrene) manufacturing 326150
Plastic bottle manufacturing 326160
Plastic plumbing fixture manufacturing 326191
Motor vehicle plastic parts manufacturing 326193
Plastic window and door manufacturing 326196
All other plastic product manufacturing 326198
Tire manufacturing 326210
Rubber and plastic hose and belting manufacturing 326220
Other rubber product manufacturing 326290


Miscellaneous Industries NAICS code*
Petroleum and petroleum products merchant wholesalers 412110

Tier 6 - January 2020

Cannabis Growth And Manufacturing NAICS code*
Cannabis product manufacturing 312310
Cannabis grown under cover 111412
Cannabis grown in open fields 111995

* NAICS code refers to the North American Industrial Classification System.

Contact

Pollution Prevention Planning Program Inspectors
Phone: 204-986-8350 or 204-986-8407
Email: pollutionprevention@winnipeg.ca

Last updated: September 5, 2019

Contact

Pollution Prevention Planning Program Inspectors
Phone: 204-986-8350 or
 204-986-8407
Email: pollutionprevention@winnipeg.ca