See our FAQ to understand “What is blue box product packaging?”.

Product packaging added to a product can be added at any stage of the production, distribution and supply of the product. A person adds packaging to a product if they:

  • make the packaging available for another person to add the packaging to the product
  • cause another person to add the packaging to a product
  • combine the product and the packaging

For the portion of the product packaging that a brand holder added to the product, a person is considered a producer:

  • if they are the brand holder of the product and are resident in Canada
  • if no resident brand holder, they are resident in Ontario and import the product
  • if no resident importer, they are the retailer that supplied the product directly to consumers in Ontario
  • if the retailer who would be the producer is a marketplace seller, the marketplace facilitator is the obligated producer
  • if the producer is a business that is a franchise, the franchisor is the obligated producer, if that franchisor has franchisees that are resident in Ontario

For the portion of the product packaging that an importer of the product into Ontario added to the product, a person is considered a producer:

  • if they are resident in Ontario and import the product
  • if no resident importer, they are the retailer that supplied the product directly to consumers in Ontario
  • if the retailer who would be the producer is a marketplace seller, the marketplace facilitator is the obligated producer
  • if the producer is a business that is a franchise, the franchisor is the obligated producer, if that franchisor has franchisees that are resident in Ontario

For any portion of the packaging that is not described above, the producer is the retailer who supplied the product to consumers in Ontario.

See our FAQs to understand “What are paper products?” and “What are packaging-like products?”.

For paper products and packaging-like products, a person is considered a producer:

  • if they are the brand holder of the paper product or packaging-like product and are resident in Canada
  • if no resident brand holder, they are resident in Ontario and import the paper product or packaging-like product
  • if no resident importer, they are the retailer that supplied the paper product or packaging-like product directly to consumers in Ontario
  • if the retailer who would be the producer is a marketplace seller, the marketplace facilitator is the obligated producer
  • if the producer is a business that is a franchise, the franchisor is the obligated producer, if that franchisor has franchisees that are resident in Ontario