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Registration to Cap and Trade system

Mandatory reporting of GHG emissions

Emitters must also register to the IQEA (Québec Air Emissions Inventory) online allowing them to file their annual reports for each of their establishments.

Click here for more information on mandatory reporting of certain emissions of contaminants into the atmosphere

Registration of emitters subject to the Regulation respecting the cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances as well as participants wishing to take part in the carbon market’s activities is made via the Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS).

In order to be granted emission allowances by the Government of Québec or have the right to engage in carbon market activities, businesses subject to the Regulation respecting a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances as well as participants wishing to take part in market activities must open one or a set of CITSS system accounts.

Each account must have at least two representatives: a Primary Account Representative (PAR) and an additional Account Representative (AR). The Primary Account must reside in Québec. In the case of a participating natural person, the latter must be the sole representative on his or her account.

Registration to the C&T system is completed in two steps:

  1. User registration
  2. Opening an account

Updating information in the CITSS system

If you are already registered and wish to update the user profile or information in the CITSS system account, click here.

Cross-jurisdiction user

If you are already registered with the CITSS system of a jurisdiction other than Québec and wish to become an account representative for an entity registered with Québec, complete the Cross-jurisdiction user (PDF, 942 KB) form and send it by mail to the following address:

Registrar of the Cap-and-Trade System for Greenhouse Gas Emission Allowances Carbon Market Division
Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
675 René Lévesque Blvd. East, 6th Floor, Box. 31
Québec City, QC G1R 5V7


User Registration

In order to register with the Cap-and-trade System, the first step is to register with the CITSS system as an individual user. Once your registration is completed, you will be able to open an account.

Account representatives for emitters that are subject to the Regulation or participating legal entities must initially register as individual users. At least two users are required, including at least one who resides in Québec.

Participating natural person must first register as individual users, and must be the sole representatives for their accounts.

To register and get a user ID, you must:

  1. Consult the List of information to supply to register with the CITSS system (French, PDF, 156 KB), which indicates all the information required to register as a user and open an account.
  2. Access the CITSS site.
  3. Read and agree to the terms and conditions for using the CITSS system.
  4. Enter the information requested on the registration form directly into the CITSS system.
  5. Print the following three documents generated by the CITSS system:
    • User registration checklist that includes the reference number that should be saved
    • User registration form
    • Proof of identity form
Be sure not to close your Internet browser before you completely finish printing the three documents. In the event of a problem, please contact CITSS Customer Service.
  1. Sign the CITTS system user registration form
  2. Fill out and sign the proof of identity form
  3. Download the Attestation of verification of identity and authorization (PDF, 1,3 MB) forms. You should have the form filled out by the chief officer or the financial chief officer, if you represent an organization, then have it filled out by a lawyer or notary (not a notary public, except if the notary public is also a lawyer), who must then submit it. Be sure to read the instructions and to provide all required information and documentation.
  4. Obtain confirmation from a financial institution located in Canada to the effect that you have an account with it for which your identity has been verified (See sample Financial institution confirmation letter (PDF, 14 KB) required in this form).
  5. Mail all documents to the following address:

Registrar of the Cap-and-trade System for Greenhouse Gas
Emissions Allowances
Carbon Market Division
Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
675, René-Lévesque Blvd. East, 6th Floor, Box. 31
Québec City, QC G1R 5V7

Once your online user application has been successfully submitted and all your paper documents have been received, the Québec registrar will analyze the file.

You will not be able to access the CITSS system with your chosen user ID and password until your registration application has been accepted.

Once your registration request has been reviewed, you will receive an electronic notice of acceptance of your user registration from the Québec registrar. You will then be able to complete the request to open an account in your name or the name of the emitter or corporate participant you represent.

For additional information about user registration in the CITSS system, see the CITSS Handbook. Volume 1: User registration and user profile management (French, PDF, 2,8 MB).

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Opening a CITSS system account

The second step consists of submitting an account opening request on behalf of the emitter or participant.

To open an account, the user must:

  1. Review the List of information to supply to register with the CITSS system (French, PDF, 109 KB). It describes all the information that the user will be asked to provide when registering and opening an account;
  2. Go to the CITSS system website and begin a session;
  3. Launch the account opening request and enter the requested information directly in the CITSS system;
  4. Print the following two documents generated by the CITSS system:
    • Account application checklist ;
    • Account application with attestations form.
  5. Have the principal account representative sign the account application and attestations form. In the event the account is opened on behalf of a business, this form must also be signed by any other account representative as well as by the chief officer or chief financial officer. A resolution from the company’s board of directors may be submitted in lieu of the signature of the chief officer or chief financial officer;
  6. Complete the Corporate structure and associations form (PDF, 1,7 MB). Once complete, print it and have an account representative sign it;
  7. Mail all documents to the following address:

Registration for the Cap-and-trade System for
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Allowances
Carbon Market Division
Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
675, René-Lévesque Blvd. East, 6th Floor, Box 31
Québec City, QC G1R 5V7

Once your online application request has been submitted and the corresponding printed documents have been received, your application will be processed by the Quebec cap-and-trade system registrar.

After your application request has been approved, the appropriate accounts will be created and will appear within CITSS on the home page of users who have been designated as principal account representatives or alternate account representatives.

For additional information about account opening and management, see the CITSS Handbook. Volume 2: Account opening and management (French, PDF, 3,2 MB)

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