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.
Click below to learn more about your obligations as a producer.
Supply Data Report
Each year, producers are required to report new tire supply information. This is used to establish your used tire collection target for the following year.
In 2021, you are required to report your new tire supply data for the year 2019 which, along with your previously reported supply data for the years 2017 and 2018, will be used to set your collection target for 2022.
Starting in 2021, producers who meet the definition of a large or medium producer will be required to provide an audit report with their annual supply report. The audit report must be uploaded to the Registry when submitting your supply report.
Small producers will not be required to submit a supply data audit report, however, a percentage of small producers selected annually by the Registrar will be subject to an inspection procedure.
Audit requirements are outlined in the Registry Procedure: Tire Supply Audit Procedure.
Producers are required to ensure that at least 85% of the tires they collected, or were collected on their behalf, are processed, retreaded or reused. Each year, you, or the PRO you have contracted to organize collection, processing 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.
You, or your PRO on your behalf, are required to report the following information annually:
- 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
Most producers will work with a PRO to meet their mandatory collection and management requirements. 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 obligations. Learn more about PROs.
Although your PRO will be submitting the report on your behalf, as a producer you are legally responsible to meet your requirements under the Tires Regulation.
Producers, or PROs reporting on their behalf, are required to submit an audit report with their annual performance report. The audit report must be uploaded to the Registry when submitting your performance report.
Audit requirements are outlined in the Registry Procedure: Tire Performance Audit Procedure.
Visible Resource Recovery Fee Verification Report
Producers may decide to recover costs associated with meeting their requirements under the Tires Regulation through charging a separate resource recovery fee.
Producers who meet the definition of a large producer (i.e., producer with a collection target greater than 300,000 kilograms in the previous calendar year) and choose to charge a separate resource recovery fee are required to submit an annual visible resource recovery fee verification report. The verification report must be submitted by email to email@example.com at the same time your annual supply data report is due.
Small producers (i.e., producer with a collection target less than or equal to 300,000 kilograms in the previous calendar year) who choose to charge a separate resource recovery fee are not required to provide a report, however, the Authority will carry out random inspections to ensure compliance with the visible resource recovery fee requirements. Small producers must retain all records that disclose a resource recovery fee charged or passed on by a producer to an end-use consumer or to an entity in their distribution system.
Verification requirements are outlined in the Registry Procedure: Visible Resource Recovery Fee Verification for Producers.
The Tires Regulation outlines three targets that producers must meet:
This target relates to a producer’s requirement to establish and operate tire collection sites. Learn more about the accessibility target.
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.
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.