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Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Last Updated: August 2019

Prepared by CCOHS

The following are the references to the provincial, territorial and federal legislation where you will find the main bodies of legislation for the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) for the different jurisdictions in Canada. Since legislation interpretation and enforcement varies by jurisdiction, contact your jurisdiction as listed in Canadian Governmental Occupational Health & Safety Departments (http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/information/govt.html).

The majority of the information requirements (and exemptions) of WHMIS legislation were incorporated into the Hazardous Products Act (R.S.C. 1985, c. H-3) and the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act (R.S.C 1985, c. 24 (3rd Supp.)) . These apply to all of Canada.

This list is prepared by CCOHS as part of the Canadian enviroOSH Legislation service . This service is a comprehensive and easy to search compilation of the full text of Canadian health, safety and environmental legislation and critical guidelines and codes of practice from all jurisdictions. All the legislation is compiled into one convenient location and is regularly updated with amendments highlighted.

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Health and Safety Fact Sheets (OSH Answers)

WHMIS Health and Safety Fact Sheets

Canada

The occupational health and safety components of WHMIS that apply to federal employees and others covered by the Canada Labour Code (CLC) are specified in the CLC and the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

Canada Labour Code Part II, R.S.C. 1985, c. L-2

Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, SOR/86-304

Part X, Hazardous Substances

Hazardous Materials Information Review Act, R.S.C 1985, c. 24 (3rd Supp.)

Hazardous Materials Information Review Regulations, SOR/88-456

Hazardous Products Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. H-3

Hazardous Products Regulations, SOR/2015-17

The following acts and regulations apply to workers and employers covered by the provincial jurisdictions.

Alberta

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, S.A. 2017, c. O‑2.1,

Occupational Health and Safety Code, 2009

Part 29, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

See also:

Code of Practice for Firefighters, May 2007

Part 29, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

British Columbia

As made under the Workers Compensation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 492

Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, B.C. Reg. 296/97

Part 5, Chemical and Biological Substances

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Regulation (Mines) (B.C. Reg. 257/88)

See also:

Guide to Occupational Health and Safety Information in British Columbia, Seventh Edition, Revised November 2010

Section 3.3, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Manitoba

As made under the Workplace Safety and Health Act, R.S.M. 1987, c. W210,

Workplace Safety and Health Regulation, Man. Reg. 217/2006

Part 35, Workplace Hazardous Products Information Systems

New Brunswick

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, A.N.B. 1983, c. O-0.2,

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Regulation - Occupational Health and Safety Act, N.B. Reg. 2016-6

Newfoundland and Labrador

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.N.L. 1990, c. O-3,

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Regulations, 2018 C.N.L.R. 34/18

Northwest Territories

As made under the Safety Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. S-1,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, R-039-2015

Part 22, Hazardous Products And Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

Nova Scotia

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, S.N.S. 1996, c. 7,

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Regulations, N.S. Reg. 196/88

Nunavut

As made under the Safety Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. S-1,

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, R-003-2016

Part 22, Hazardous Products And Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System

Ontario

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Regulation, R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 860

See also:

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS): A Guide to the Legislation (August 2008)

Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (March 2015)

Prince Edward Island

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.P.E.I. 1988, c. O-1

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Regulations, EC2017-455

Quebec

As made under the Act respecting occupational health and safety, R.S.Q., c. S-2.1

Hazardous Products Information Regulation, CQLR S-2.1, r. 8.1

Saskatchewan

As amended by Saskatchewan Employment Act, S.S. 2013, c. S-15.1

Occupational Health and Safety (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) Regulations, S.S. 2013, c. S-15.1 Reg. 6

Yukon Territories

As made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.Y. 2002, c. 159

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Regulation, O.I.C. 2015/151