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A person or business is considered a producer under the Tires Regulation if they:

  • are the brand holder of the tire and have residency in Ontario
  • import tires from outside of Ontario and sell them in Ontario
  • are the vehicle manufacturer and have residency in Ontario
  • import new vehicles into Ontario and sell them in Ontario

Under Ontario’s individual producer responsibility requirements, tire producers are directly responsible for meeting mandatory and enforceable targets for collecting and recycling used tires. Most producers will work with a producer responsibility organization (PRO) to meet these requirements. A PRO is the program operator that contracts with tire producers, collectors, haulers, retreaders, and processors to establish and operate a tire collection or management system (i.e. collecting, hauling, retreading or processing). Producers are encouraged to sign up with a PRO as soon as possible. Learn more about PROs.

Producer obligations

Click below to learn more about your obligations as a producer.

Producers must submit the following reports to the Authority:

New tire supply data

Producers are required to report new tire supply information. This is used to establish your used tire collection target for the following year. In 2019, you are required to report your new tire supply data for the year 2017 which, along with your previously reported supply data for the years 2015 and 2016, will be used to set your collection target for 2020.

Deadline: This report is due by May 31 of each year.

Recycling targets and performance reporting

Producers are required to ensure that at least 85% of the tires they collected, or were collected on their behalf, are recycled, retreaded or reused. The PRO you have contracted to organize collection, recycling or retreading activities on your behalf will have to report on the extent to which you were able to achieve that target.

Note: Your PRO cannot report new tire supply data on your behalf – you will have to do this yourself each year.

Beginning in 2020, your PRO will be required to report the following information on your behalf by May 31:

  • number and calculated weight of tires used and collected in Ontario
  • number and calculated weight of tires sent for reuse on a vehicle
  • number and calculated weight of tires sent for reuse for a new purpose
  • number and calculated weight of tires retreaded
  • actual weight of processed tire materials, by material type
  • date and location of collection events held
  • your tire collection system
  • your tire management system

If you have not yet contracted with a PRO, it is important that you do so as soon as possible to ensure that you can meet your mandatory 2019 collection and recycling obligations. Learn more about PROs.

Learn more about annual reporting requirements

The Tires Regulation outlines three targets that producers must meet:

Accessibility

This target relates to a producer’s requirement to establish and operate tire collection sites. Learn more about the accessibility target.

Collection

This target relates to a producer’s requirement to collect a minimum weight of used tires in a calendar year. Learn more about the collection target.

Resource recovery

This target relates to a producer’s requirement to reuse, retread or turn used tires into processed materials. Learn more about the resource recovery target.

Most producers will work with a PRO to help them meet these targets. Learn more about PROs.

If you are a large producer who wants to manage your own collection network, contact us for more information.

Information for former OTS stewards

The Used Tires Program operated by Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) ended on December 31, 2018. Below are helpful links that provide information on final obligations with OTS, such as submitting 2018 supply reports.