Certificate of Authorization, Compliance Statement and Other Forms
Operators are required to obtain a Certificate of Authorization or submit a Compliance Statement for various agricultural activities governed by the AOR.
Which activities require a Certificate of Authorization?
How to apply for a Certificate of Authorization
The following Certificate of Authorization forms (which include the list of mandatory complementary documents) must be filled out and submitted prior to the commencement of any work:
Authorization applications, Certificates of Authorization and information and documents on which ministerial authorizations are based are henceforth open to the public and accessible on demand. This information includes the following: the description and location of the activity and the type, quantity, concentration and location of all contaminants likely to be discharged into the environment. However, information and/or documents relating to a company’s industrial or trade secrets or to an investigation or state security matter, as well as information about vulnerable or threatened species and personal information may not be divulged. Information and documents specified in section 118.5 of the Environment Quality Act that are received or produced by the Minister on or after March 23, 2017, are available on demand.
The following forms may be needed to process the mandatory complementary documents required when applying for a Certificate of Authorization:
Please note the important changes that came into effect since the Act to amend the Environment Quality Act was ratified on March 23, 2017:
To whom should an authorization certificate application be addressed?
Applications for Certificates of Authorization should be sent to the Ministère's Regional Office where the agricultural activity is planned, for analysis and expertise.
Which activities require a Compliance Statement?
How to file a Compliance Statement
Applicants must fill out the Compliance Statement form (French, Word, 515 KB) and submit it at least 30 days before performing any work, per sections 39 and 40 of the Agricultural Operations Regulation.
A Phosphorus Report must be submitted along with the Compliance Statement.
To whom should the Compliance Statement be addressed?
Compliance Statement filings should be mailed to the following address:
Pôle d’expertise agricole
The AOR also provides that every operator of a raising or spreading site that is required to file a Phosphorus Report must use the prescribed form. For more details, see the Phosphorus Report page.