Health Protection Air Quality Application

HPAQB application for approval for proposed and existing facilities with major emissions

The town’s Health Protection Air Quality By-law 2010-035, requires that an application for approval by a proposed or existing facility with a major health-risk air pollutant emission be posted for public comment for 30 days prior to the meeting when the application will be considered by Council.


Health-risk air pollutant: Fine particulate matter (FPM or PM2.5) and/or one or more precursor pollutants.

Major emission: An emission from a facility into the air of a health-risk air pollutant that exceeds at least one of the following thresholds:

  • for directly emitted fine particulate matter, more than 300 kilograms per year;
  • for volatile organic compounds (VOC), more than 10,000 kilograms per year;
  • for nitrogen oxides (NOx, as NO2 equivalent), more than 20,000 kilograms per year;
  • for sulphur dioxide (SO2), more than 20,000 kilograms per year; or
  • for ammonia (NH3), more than 10,000 kilograms per year.

Major emitter: An existing or proposed facility that causes or may cause a major emission.

Previous applications

Under the by-law, the following facilities were deemed to be major emitters and received approval from the town:

New Oakville Hospital (Third Line and Dundas Street): Proposed facility, approved on October 29, 2012

Dufferin Construction Company (Bronte Asphalt Plant, 731 Third Line): Existing facility, approved on November 18, 2013

Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. (Oakville Assembly Complex, The Canadian Road): Existing facility, approved on November 18, 2013

Suncor Energy Production Partnership Inc. (Oakville Distribution Terminal, 3275 Rebecca Street): Existing facility, approved on November 18, 2013

Greif Bros. Canada Inc. (Oakville Facility, 165 Wyecroft Road): Existing facility, approved on March 31, 2014

If you are experiencing technical difficulties or have questions regarding the process, please contact Jeffrey Lee 905-845-6601, ext. 3149 or email

Important: Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act for use as part of Council’s decision making process and becomes part of the public record. Questions about this collection should be directed to:

Jeffrey Lee
Research Policy Analyst – Air
Environmental Policy Department
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, Ontario L6H 0H3
905-845-6601 ext. 3149