1.6 Determining if your organization or company is a steward

The following section provides information that will help you determine if you are obligated as a steward. A steward is an organization or company that is a resident, and a brand owner,  first importer or franchisor that supplies obligated packaging and printed paper (PPP) to consumers in a province where PPP stewardship obligations have been regulated (unless the organization is exempted from these regulations). This includes franchisors who are obligated for all PPP generated by their franchisees in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and/or Ontario regardless of whether the head office is located inside or outside of Canada, or in a particular province within Canada with franchisees in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and/or Ontario.

If your organization is not resident in any of these four provinces and you want more information on becoming a “Voluntary Steward”, please see section 1.9 below..


*Unless you meet any of the exemption thresholds in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba or Ontario. Please see Section 1.11 for further information.

**Including affiliates and franchisees.

***Franchisors with headquarters located inside or outside of the respective province are obligated for the PPP generated by their resident franchise systems.