From Environment Canada – The Government of Canada Takes Action to Reduce VOC Emissions from the Architectural Coatings Sector:

The Minister of the Environment, Jim Prentice, [yesterday] announced new regulations to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the architectural coatings sector through products such as paints, finishes, dyes, and varnishes. VOCs are pollutants that contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone and particulate matter, two key smog components.

The regulations set maximum VOC concentration limits for 53 categories of coatings and will apply to all products made, imported, sold, or marketed in Canada. They also cover the use of traffic marking coatings. The requirements, which are similar to requirements in the United States, were established pursuant to consultations with sector stakeholders.

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