Your Declaration under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

Canada must make its Past Activities Declaration, covering the previous calendar year, to the OPCW by the end of March each year. Accordingly, the Canadian National Authority (CNA) requires that Canadians affected by the CWC submit their Past Activities Declarations to the National Authority by the end of February each year. Similarly, the more limited Anticipated Activities Declarations for Schedule 1, 2, and 3 chemicals should be submitted to the National Authority by 15 September each year.

Declarations are made using a fillable PDF form*.

* For assistance on how to use this PDF form, please refer to the Help Page.

When your Declaration is completed, please print out the Declaration report. Check your input, sign it as your official Declaration document, and return it to the CNA. The declaration report can be sent by regular mail at the following mailing address:

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Canadian National Authority (IDA)
125 Sussex Drive,
Ottawa, Ontario.
K1A 0G2

Or it can be scanned and emailed to the CNA at cna-anc@international.gc.ca

When? What?

When

  1. Canada to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). There are two sets of Declarations that Canada must make each year.

    The Past Activities Declaration, due at the OPCW by the end of March, is for the previous calendar year and covers all Scheduled chemicals and Discrete Organic Chemicals (DOCs).

    The Anticipated Activities Declaration is a forecast of activities for the following calendar year.

    For Schedule 1, the Anticipated Declaration is due at the OPCW by the end of September, while for Schedules 2 and 3 it is due by the end of October. There is no Anticipated Declaration for DOCs.

  2. Canadians to the National Authority

    To enable Canada to meet its OPCW timelines, Canadians affected by the CWC must submit their Declarations to the National Authority as follows:

    • Past Activities Declarations by the end of February each year.
    • Anticipated Activities Declarations by September 15th each year.

What

The following contains a summary of the main reporting requirements for Scheduled chemicals and for DOCs.

Additional detail is provided in the Help Files on the declaration diskette or on the relevant links indicated in each section below.

Schedule 1 Chemicals

To see which chemicals are covered, visit the Schedules of Chemicals page.

To obtain more details on what has to be declared in Schedule 1 Declarations, click on this link: Schedule 1 Declaration Guide.

  1. Canada to the OPCW

    In its Past Activities Declaration the National Authority has to declare to the OPCW plant sites/facilities producing Schedule 1 chemicals and all exports and imports of Schedule 1 chemicals, no matter what the quantity.

    For the Anticipated Activities Declaration, forecasts of the quantity to be produced in the following year and the purpose of production have to be declared.

  2. Canadians to the National Authority

    Because there is a maximum 1 tonne per year aggregate national allowance for all activities involving Schedule 1 chemicals, the Canadian National Authority requires licences and annual reporting for anyone dealing with Schedule 1 chemicals in any way,

    i.e. production, consumption, (domestic) transfers, export, import and storage, no matter what the quantity.

Schedule 2 Chemicals

To see which chemicals are covered, visit the Schedules of Chemicals page.

To obtain more details on which activities have to be declared in Schedule 2 Declarations and quantity thresholds, click on this link: Schedule 2 Declaration Guide.

  1. Canada to the OPCW

    In its Past Activities Declaration the Canadian National Authority has to declare the plant sites that produced, processed, consumed, imported or exported Schedule 2 chemicals above CWC declaration quantity thresholds in the previous year.

    In addition this declaration has to include Aggregate National Data on the quantities produced, processed, consumed, exported and imported of each Schedule 2 chemical, as well as a quantitative specification of import and export for each country involved.

    In its Anticipated Activities Declaration the Canadian National Authority has to declare plant sites whose anticipated production, processing or consumption will exceed CWC declaration quantity thresholds.

  2. Canadians to the National Authority

    Canadian companies will have to report to the Canadian National Authority if they exceed the domestic quantity threshold (10% of the CWC declaration quantity threshold) and the domestic concentration thresholds (0.5% for Schedule 2A/2A*and 10% for Schedule 2B) for production, processing or consumption. The same concentration thresholds apply for imports and exports but there are no quantity thresholds.

    It should be noted that only direct import of Schedule 2 chemicals have to be reported. If a company purchases an imported chemical from a Canadian based importer, only the importer has to declare the import.

Schedule 3 Chemicals

To see which chemicals are covered, visit the Schedules of Chemicals page.

To obtain more details on which activities have to be declared and quantity thresholds in Schedule 3 Declarations, click on this link: Schedule 3 Declaration Guide.

  1. Canada to the OPCW

    In its Past Activities Declaration the Canadian National Authority has to declare the plant sites that produced, imported or exported Schedule 3 chemicals above CWC declaration quantity thresholds in the previous year.

    In addition this declaration has to include Aggregate National Data on the quantities produced, exported and imported of each Schedule 3 chemical, as well as a quantitative specification of import and export for each country involved.

    In its Anticipated Activities Declaration the Canadian National Authority has to declare plant sites whose anticipated production will exceed CWC declaration quantity thresholds.

  2. Canadians to the National Authority

    Canadian companies will have to report to the Canadian National Authority if they exceed the domestic quantity threshold (10% of the CWC declaration quantity threshold) and the domestic concentration thresholds (25%) for production. The same concentration threshold applies for imports and exports but there are no quantity thresholds. It should be noted that only direct imports of Schedule 3 chemicals have to be reported. If a company purchases an imported chemical from a Canadian based importer, only the importer has to declare the import. The purchaser would still have to declare any processing or consumption of the chemical.

Discrete Organic Chemicals (DOC).

To obtain more details on what has to be declared in DOC Declarations, click on this link:
DOC Declaration Guide.

  1. Canada to the OPCW

    In its Past Activities Declaration the Canadian National Authority has to provide to the OPCW a list of plant sites that in the previous year:

    • Produced more than 200 tonnes aggregate of DOCs or;
    • Comprised one or more plants that produced more than 30 tonnes of an individual DOC that contained the elements phosphorus, sulfur or fluorine (called PSF-DOCs).
  2. Canadians to the National Authority

    Those Canadian companies, known as Other Chemical Production Facilities (OCPFs), producing the category of Discrete Organic Chemicals (DOCs), are required to submit information about their production activities in the previous calendar year to the National Authority. However, there is no requirement to provide a Declaration of anticipated activities for these companies. OCPFs also have to declare their imports and exports of Scheduled chemicals, if applicable.