The Canadian Government has published new regulations that set concentration limits for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in approximately 130 product categories.
The types of products covered include automotive maintenance products; adhesives, adhesive removers, sealants and caulks; and other miscellaneous products.
The new VOC regulations come into effect on January 1, 2024 for all categories except disinfectants/sanitizers, which will take effect on January 1, 2025.
How do the new VOC regulations impact your business?
The new VOC regulations reduce the amount of VOCs that some chemical products can contain. This means that starting in January, formulations for some of the chemicals that you buy will no longer be compliant for manufacture or import into Canada.
About 100 products sold by Wurth Canada are affected by the new VOC regulations, including some brake cleaners, lubricants & greases, glass cleaners, rust proofing & rust remover, cutting oils & gels and silicones.
How is Wurth Canada supporting you?
We have been working diligently to understand the new VOC regulations and prepare for the concentration limits on our products that come into effect in January 2024.
Secured supply of impacted products in line with regulations
Wurth Canada has significantly increased its supply of affected products this year to continue to serve customers that prefer the original formulations or need time to transition to products with the new concentration limits.
High-performance reformulations at new VOC concentration limits
We have been busy developing new formulations with lower VOC concentration levels. After rigorous consumer testing, products are performing at the same level or better than the original. All products sold by Wurth Canada are safe and compliant while delivering exceptional quality and performance.
Industry-leading solutions for a safer and better world
As Canada’s leading industrial supplier, we are introducing innovative products and formulations that are environmentally friendly while delivering the high performance our customers expert.
Talk to your Sales Rep or give us a call at 1-800-263-5002 to see what solutions are best for your business.
Frequently Asked Questions
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are chemical compounds that evaporate at room temperature and can be emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. This is due to their high vapour pressure, low boiling point and low water solubility. There are some naturally occurring VOCs, but many are man-made chemicals that are used in the manufacture of paints, pharmaceuticals and refrigerants. VOCs are believed to cause short- and long-term harm to human health and the environment.
This refers to the amount of volatile organic compounds that are in a product formulation. It is measured and expressed as a percentage of the product’s net weight.
This varies considerably by product group. All Wurth formulations have been carefully categorized to ensure the application aligns with the regulation. For some product categories, the maximum VOC concentrations are only being adjusted slightly while other categories are facing major reductions.
The government has determined that VOCs are a major component in the formation of ground-level ozone, which contributes to the formation of smog. The objective of the regulations is to protect the environment and the health of Canadians from the effects of air pollution by reducing VOC emissions.
Yes. All manufacturers, importers and distributors of applicable chemical products must follow the regulations.
Not right away! Wurth Canada has significantly increased its supply of affect products so that we can continue to serve customers who prefer the original formulations until these reserve inventories are depleted.
The VOC regulations have a “sell through clause” that allows distributors to keep selling products manufactured or imported into Canada by December 31, 2023. There is no quantity limit which means we can continue to sell these products until our inventory supply is gone. We will only be selling original formulations if the product was received by us by December 31.
No, many of our chemical products are not affected by the new VOC regulations. Only about 100 products sold by Wurth Canada fall into the covered categories, including some brake cleaners, lubricants & greases, glass cleaners, rust proofing & rust remover, cutting oils & gels and silicones.
Yes, we have been busy developing and testing a new line of chemicals that will fall within the lower VOC concentration limits. After rigorous consumer testing, products are performing at the same level or better than the original. Wurth Canada is also investing in advanced technologies for a safer and better world. We will be launching new proprietary products that are within VOC concentration limits yet deliver the unsurpassed performance our customers expect.
We have been working diligently to understand the new VOC regulations and prepare for the VOC concentration limits on our products that come into effect in January 2024. Every product that Wurth Canada sells, distributes or otherwise provides to Canadian businesses are compliant with applicable regulations.
No. The purchase, storage and use of these chemicals is permitted under the new regulations. The manufacturer, importer or distributor must ensure the product was manufactured or imported before January 2024.
Spray paints are not included in the chemical categories listed in the regulations. There won’t be any changes in the availability or formulation of Wurth Canada’s spray paints based on VOC concentration limits.
For some product categories, the VOC limits will be adjusted only slightly. In other categories, they'll be reduced significantly. We're taking this opportunity to improve formulations. And we're not compromising on safety or quality. After rigorous consumer testing, many replacement products perform at the same level or better than the original. However, performance often depends on application. Some products may have different directions for use than you are used to. A new set of instructions will be provided with the product. Your Wurth sales representative will review this information with you.
Wurth Canada cares about the environment and we are committed to reducing the use of toxic and hazardous products. Shop our existing line of eco products.
Wurth Canada has a large stock of products with original formulations available for sale into next year and beyond. Customers should consider their ability to store chemical products, as well as important health & safety guidelines and expiry dates.
Yes, as Wurth Canada depletes inventory of higher VOC formulations the products will be discontinued.
Recommended replacements will be highlighted on our eShop for easy navigation, or talk with your Wurth Canada Sales Representative for more information.
Contact your dedicated National Account Manager or [email protected].
Visit the Government of Canada’s website to learn more about the regulations.