Air quality management in Alberta includes the use of regulations that are made
under the authority of the Environmental Enhancement and Protection Act
Non-compliance with regulation requirements can result in enforcement actions by
Alberta Environment and Parks. Enforcement encompasses administrative and judicial measures
such as enforcement orders, court orders and prosecution.
Regulations, codes and codes of practice are available from Alberta Queen's Printer:
The following are the current regulations:
Activities Designation Regulation
Sets out the activities for which an approval is required.
Emissions Trading Regulation
Establishes a registry for nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide
emission credits; requires certain electricity generators to provide
emission intensity baselines for those substances and to report information, and explains
how emission credits can be created.
Mercury Emissions from Coal Fired Power Plants
Ozone-Depleting Substances and Halocarbons Regulation
Regulates the use and atmospheric release of ozone-depleting substances and their halocarbon
alternatives (where they are used as a refrigerant in refrigeration or air conditioning).
Ozone-depleting substances include: chlorofluorcarbons (CFCs), halons,
hydrochlofluorcarbons (HCFCs), carbon tetrachloride, and methyl chloroform. Halocarbon
alternatives include hydrofluorcarbons and perfluorcarbons.
Release Reporting Regulation
Deals with the release of substances into the environment and sets out requirements for the
reporting of such releases to Alberta Environment and Parks.
Substance Release Regulation
This regulation establishes requirements related to air emissions and air quality.
The Alberta Stack Sampling Code specifies how to measure emissions of air pollutants from stationary sources in Alberta, as required for determining compliance
with the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
Copies are available at cost from Alberta Queen's Printer:
The Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS) Code identifies acceptable methods and specifications for the installation and operation of these systems.
Codes of Practice
Codes of Practice provide province-wide operating rules for an activity and ensure consistency in operating requirements. The following Codes of Practice are available
from Alberta Queen’s Printer:
Updated: Mar 8, 2017