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1.6 Determining if your organization or company is a steward

The following section provides information that will help you determine if your organization is obligated as a steward. A steward is an organization or company that is a resident of the applicable province, and is a brand owner or first importer that supplies designated PPP to consumers in a province where 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.

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 1.8.

A steward is a company or organization that can answer yes to all three of the following questions3*:

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Does your organization or company4** have residency in a province where packaging and paper product stewardship obligations exist as outlined in section 1.7?

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Does your organization or company supply any designated packaging and paper product as outlined in section 1.9 into a province where you have residency and steward obligations exist?

Is your organization or company responsible for supplying the designated packaging and paper product as the brand owner, franchisor5*** or first importer as outlined in section 1.10 in the province where you have residency?

*[3] Unless you meet any of the exemption thresholds in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba or Ontario. Please see Section 1.11 for further information.
[4]Including affiliates and franchisees.
[5]Franchisors with headquarters located inside or outside of the respective province are obligated for the PPP generated by their resident franchise systems.