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Laws and Regulations

Updating: November 2018

The following are the laws, regulations and normative acts vested in the Minister and Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques. The full texts are available on the LégisQuébec website. The texts are updated monthly and have official status. To find out about changes that are not yet online, consult the Gazette officielle du Québec.

The regulations enacted under various laws are listed in numerical order.

Environment Quality Act
(R.S.Q., c. Q-2)

Official Reference
(R.R.Q.)

Title

Q-2, r.1 Regulation respecting wood-burning appliances
Q-2, r.2 Regulation respecting the application of section 32 of the Environment Quality Act
Q-2, r.3

Regulation respecting the application of the Environment Quality Act

Q-2, r.4

Order in Council respecting the application of subdivision 1 of Division IV.2 of Chapter I of the Environment Quality Act to the mineral industry and primary metal manufacturing sector
Repealed by the Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting industrial depollution attestations (D. 652-2013, a.13). Its content is incorporated in the Regulation respecting industrial depollution attestations (CQLR, chapter Q-2, r. 5).

Q-2, r.4.01

Regulation respecting private waterworks and sewer services
In effect since March 23, 2018, this version of the regulation replaces the Regulation respecting waterworks and sewer services, CQLR c Q-2, r 21.

Q-2, r.4.1 Clean Air Regulation
Q-2, r.5

Regulation respecting industrial depollution attestations
Section 17 of this regulation should be provisionally read as understood in section 7 of the Regulation respecting certain measures facilitating the application of the Environment Quality Act and its regulations, CQLR, c. Q-2, r. 32.1, which among other things, suspends the application of section 20 of this regulation.

Q-2, r.5.1 Regulation respecting the framework for authorization of certain projects to transfer water out of the St. Lawrence River Basin
Q-2, r.6

Groundwater Catchment Regulation
Replaced by the Water Withdrawal and Protection Regulation (CQLR, chapter Q-2, r. 35.2.

Q-2, r.7 Regulation respecting pits and quarries
Q-2, r.8 Order respecting a class of industrial establishments to which subdivision 1 of Division IV.2 of Chapter I of the Environment Quality Act applies
Repealed by the Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting industrial depollution (D. 652-2013, a.13). Its content is incorporated in the Regulation respecting industrial depollution attestations (CQLR, chapter Q-2, r. 5).
Q-2, r.9 Regulation respecting motor vehicle traffic in certain fragile environments
Q-2, r.9.1 Regulation respecting compensation for adverse effects on wetlands and bodies of water
Q-2, r.10 Regulation respecting compensation for municipal services provided to recover and reclaim residual materials
Q-2, r.11 Regulation respecting sanitary conditions in industrial or other camps
This regulation now comes under the Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety (chapter S-2.1) and its new alphanumeric code is the following: S-2.1, r. 5.1.
Q-2, r.12 Regulation respecting biomedical waste
Q-2, r.13

Regulation respecting solid waste
Replaced by the Regulation respecting the landfilling and incineration of residual materials (CQLR, chapter Q-2, r. 19).
However, it continues to apply to the extent provided for in sections 156 to 168 of this regulation.

Q-2, r.14 Regulation respecting the declaration of water withdrawals
Q-2, r.15

Regulation respecting mandatory reporting of certain emissions of contaminants into the atmosphere 

Q-2, r. 15.1 Regulation respecting the delegation of management of certain parts of a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances
Q-2, r. 15.2 Determination of annual caps on greenhouse gas emission units relating to the cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances for the 2013-2020 period
Q-2, r.16 Regulation respecting the liquid effluents of petroleum refineries
Q-2, r.17 Regulation respecting greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles
Q-2, r.18 Regulation respecting the burial of contaminated soils
Q-2, r.19 Regulation respecting the landfilling and incineration of residual materials
This regulation replaces the Regulation respecting solid waste, CQLR c Q-2, r. 13, which nonetheless continues to apply to the extent provided in the earlier sections 156 to 168.
Q-2, r.20 Regulation respecting used tire storage
Q-2, r.21 Regulation respecting waterworks and sewer services
Replaced by the Regulation respecting private waterworks and sewer services, CQLR c Q-2, r 4.01.
Q-2, r.22

Regulation respecting waste water disposal systems for isolated dwellings
Enforcement of this regulation is the responsibility of the municipalities.

Q-2, r.23 Regulation respecting environmental impact assessment and review
Replaced since March 23, 2018 by the Regulation respecting the environmental impact assessment and review of certain projects, CQLR c Q-2, r 23.1.
Q-2, r.23.1 Regulation respecting the environmental impact assessment and review of certain projects
In effect since March 23, 2018, this regulation replaces the Regulation respecting the environmental impact assessment and review of certain projects, CQLR c Q-2, r 23.
Q-2, r.24 Regulation respecting the environmental impact assessment and review applicable to a part of the northeastern Québec region
Q-2, r.25 Regulation respecting the environmental and social impact assessment and review procedure applicable to the territory of James Bay and Northern Québec
Q-2, r.26

Agricultural Operations Regulation

Q-2, r.27 Regulation respecting pulp and paper mills
Q-2, r.28 Ministerial Order concerning the fees payable under the Environment Quality Act
Amended by Ministerial Order concerning the fees payable under the Environment Quality Act, CQLR c Q-2, s. 31.0.1 (M.O. 2018, March 13, 2018).
Q-2, r.29 Regulation respecting halocarbons
Q-2, r.30 Regulation to prohibit the sale of certain dishwashing detergents
Q-2, r.31 Regulation respecting snow elimination sites
Q-2, r.32

Regulation respecting hazardous materials
The application of section 9 of this regulation is temporarily suspended by the effect of section 8 of the of the Regulation respecting certain measures facilitating the application of the Environment Quality Act and its regulations, CQLR, c. Q-2, r. 32.1, that in addition, extends the period anticipated in section 113, 5 (b) of this regulation to 24 months.

Q-2, r.32.1 Regulation respecting certain measures to facilitate the carrying out of the Environment Quality Act and its regulations
Q-2, r.33 Regulation respecting environmental standards for heavy vehicles
Q-2, r.34 Regulation respecting certain bodies for the protection of the environment and social milieu of the territory of James Bay and Northern Québec
Q-2, r.34.1

Regulation respecting municipal wastewater treatment works

Q-2, r.35 Policy for the protection of lakeshores, riverbanks, littoral zones and floodplains
Q-2, r.35.1 Québec residual materials management policy
Q-2, r.35.2

Water Withdrawal and Protection Regulation

Q-2, r.35.3

Regulation respecting the procedure for selecting persons qualified for appointment as members of the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement

Q-2, r.36

Regulation respecting the protection of waters from pleasure craft discharges
Enforcement of this regulation is the responsibility of the municipalities mentioned in the schedules of the regulation.

Q-2, r.37 Land Protection and Rehabilitation Regulation
Q-2, r.38 Regulation respecting the quality of the atmosphere
Q-2, r.39 Regulation respecting the water quality of pools and other artificial reservoirs
Q-2, r.40 Regulation respecting the quality of drinking water
Q-2, r.40.1 Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises
Q-2, r.41 Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of discarded paint containers and paints
This regulation has been abrogated, but continues to apply per Section 57 of the Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises, R.R.Q., c. Q-2, r. 40.1.
Q-2, r.42 Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of used oils, oil or fluid containers and used filters
This regulation has been abrogated, but continues to apply per Section 57 of the Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises, R.R.Q., c. Q-2, r. 40.1.
Q-2, r.42.1 Regulation respecting the charges payable for the use of water
Q-2, r.43 Regulation respecting the charges payable for the disposal of residual materials
Q-2, r.44 Regulation respecting the reuse of water containers with a capacity exceeding 8 litres
Q-2, r.45 Rules of procedure relating to the conduct of public hearings
Q-2, r.46 Regulation respecting contamined soil storage and contaminated soil transfer stations
Q-2, r.46.1

Regulation respecting a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances

Q-2, r.47 Regulation respecting the rate to determine the costs of sampling, analysis, inspection or investigation included in the costs of civil or penal proceedings instituted for the purposes of the Environment Quality Act
Q-2, r.47.1 Regulation respecting the filing of information on certain drilling and fracturing work on gas or petroleum wells
Q-2, r.48 Regulation respecting hot mix asphalt plants
 
Act to increase the number of zero-emission motor vehicles in Québec in order to reduce greenhouse gas and other pollutant emissions
(RSQ, c. A-33.02)
Reference
(R.R.Q.)

Title

A-33.02, r.1 Regulation respecting the application of the Act to increase the number of zero-emission motor vehicles in Québec in order to reduce greenhouse gas and other pollutant emissions
A-33.02, r.2 Regulation respecting the limit on the number of credits that may be used by a motor vehicle manufacturer and the confidentiality of some information
 
Act to affirm the collective nature of water resources and provide for better governance of water and associated environments
(R.S.Q., c. C-6.2)
Reference
(R.R.Q.)

Title

Q-2, r.35.2

Water Withdrawal and Protection Regulation
Sections 102 and 103 of this regulation fall more specifically under the Act to affirm the collective nature of water resources and provide for better governance of water and associated environments.

 
Natural Heritage Conservation Act
(R.S.Q., c. C-61.01)
Reference
(R.R.Q.)

Title

C-61.01, r.1 Rules of procedure governing public consultation on protected areas

There are several protected areas established under this act and for which a specific regime of activities is applicable within the boundaries of the protected areas concerned. This regime of activities is provided for in part by the act and in part by a conservation plan published in the Gazette officielle du Québec.

The ecological reserves are listed on the Ministère’s website and in the LégisQuébec website, under the official references C-61.01, r.2 to C-61.01, r.71.

With regard to aquatic reserves and biodiversity reserves, lists as well as the conservation plans associated with them are also available on the ministerial website. The document entitled “Régime d’activités dans les réserves de biodiversité et les réserves aquatiques” (Regulations Governing Activities in Biodiversity and Aquatic Reserves) provides a summary of the regime of activities that is generally applicable on reserve lands.

 
Sustainable Development Act
(R.S.Q., c. D-8.1.1)
For the implementation of sustainable development within the Administration, consult the Government Sustainable Development Strategy (French).
 
An Act respecting threatened or vulnerable species
(R.S.Q., c. E-12.01)
Reference
(R.R.Q.)

Title

E‑12.01, r. 1

Regulation respecting the disposal of things seized
E‑12.01, r. 2 Regulation respecting threatened or vulnerable wildlife species and their habitats
E‑12.01, r. 3 Regulation respecting threstened or vulnerable plant species and their habitats
E‑12.01, r. 4 Ministerial Order respecting the publication of a list of threatened or vulnerable plant species likely to be so designated and publication of a list of threatened or vulnerable vertebrate fauna likely to be so designated
Replaced by the List of plant and wildlife species which are likely to be designated as threatened or vulnerable (CQLR, chapter E-12.01, r. 5).
E‑12.01, r. 5

List of plant and wildlife species which are likely to be designated as threatened or vulnerable
Replaces the Ministerial Order concerning the establishment of a list of threatened or vulnerable vascular plant species which are likely to be so designated and a list of threatened or vulnerable wildlife species which are likely to be so designated (CQLR, chapter E-12.01, r. 4).

 
An Act respecting compensation measures for the carrying out of projects affecting wetlands or bodies of water
(R.S.Q., chapter M-11.4 )
Section 2 of this act is no longer in force as of June 16, 2017, pursuant to section 5 of this act as amended by chapter 6 of the Statutes of Québec 2017.
 
An Act respecting the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs
(R.S.Q., c. M-30.001)
Reference
(R.R.Q.)

Title

M-30.001, r.1 Terms and conditions for the signing of certain documents of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs
Amended by the Changes to the terms and conditions for the signing of certain documents of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (D. 477-2018, April 11, 2018).
 
Pesticides Act
(R.S.Q., chapter P-9.3)
Reference> (R.R.Q.)

Title

P-9.3, r.1 Pesticides Management Code
P-9.3, r.2 Regulation respecting permits and certificates for the sale and use of pesticides
 
Water Resources Preservation Act
(R.S.Q., c. P-18.1)
Repealed by the Act to Affirm the Collective Nature of Water Resources and Provide for Increased Water Resource Protection (CQLR, chapter C-6.2).
 
An Act respecting the artificial inducement of rain
(R.S.Q., chapter P-43)
Reference
(R.R.Q.)

Title

P-43, r.1 Regulation respecting the artificial inducement of rain
 
Watercourses Act
(R.S.Q., c. R-13)
(Except for Section 3 and Division VIII, which are currently under the responsibility of the MERN)
Reference
(R.R.Q.)

Title

R-13, r.1 Regulation respecting the water property in the domain of the State
 
Dam Safety Act
(R.S.Q., c. S-3.1.01)
Except for section 19, par. 4

Reference
(R.R.Q.)

Title

S-3.1.01, r.1 Dam Safety Regulation
 
An Act respecting the Société québécoise de récupération et de recyclage
(R.S.Q., c. S-22.01)
 
An Act respecting the sale and distribution of beer and soft drinks in non-returnable containers
(R.S.Q., chapter V-5.001)

Reference
(R.R.Q.)

Title

V-5.001, r.1 Beer and Soft Drinks Distributors' Permits Regulation
 
The Cree Villages and the Naskapi Village Act
(R.S.Q., c. V-5.1)
(section 21 only)
 
An Act to delimit the high water mark of the St. Lawrence River in the territory of Municipalité régionale de comté de La Côte-de-Beaupré
(S.Q., 1999, c. 84)
 
An Act to impose restrictions on pig farming
(S.Q., 2002, c. 18)
This act is no longer in force as of June 16, 2002, except with regard to processing applications that were pending on June 15, 2002, for certificates of authorization for projects subject to this act.
 
An Act to secure the supply of hogs to a slaughterhouse enterprise in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region
(S.Q. 2002, c. 56)
 
An Act respecting the boundaries of the waters in the domain of the State and the protection of wetlands along part of the Richelieu River
(S.Q. 2009, c. 31)
 
Act confirming that cement plant and maritime terminal projects on the territory of the municipality of Port-Daniel-Gascons are subject solely to the authorization regime of section 22 of the Environment Quality Act
(LQ 2015, chapter 12)
 

Act respecting the conservation of wetlands and bodies of water (French)
(LQ 2017, chapter 14)
In force for most provisions since June 16, 2017

 
An Act to amend the Environment Quality Act to modernize the environmental authorization scheme and to amend other legislative provisions, in particular to reform the governance of the Green Fund (French)
(LQ, 2017, chapter 4)
The new section 118.5 of the Environment Quality Act, replaced by section188 of chapter 4 of the statues of 2017, is not in force and will only come into force on the date set by government decree. Until then, sections 297 and 298 of chapter 4 of the statutes of 2017 specify the terms and conditions since March 23, 2017 for having access to documents and information contained in the future register.
 
Minister of Environment and the Fight against Climate Change and Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (French)
(Order-in-Council 1280–2018 of October 18, 2018)
Order-in-Council appointing the new minister and amending the name of the Ministère. This Order-in-Council replaces Order-in-Council 978-2017 of October 11, 2017.

 


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