The regulatory framework for grain processing related projects in Western Canada is comprised of federal, provincial and municipal legislation. Although there are many additional regulations that apply to any project, the most common issues that arise relate to the 5 areas listed below.
Building Code (national or provincial, depending on jurisdiction). The building code defines occupancy ratings, which in the case of grain processing is almost always F1, high hazard industrial. The consequences of this rating are many, particularly with how the facility is constructed in order to manage fire risk.
Fire Code (national or provincial, depending on jurisdiction). The fire code needs to be understood in conjunction with the building code. For grain related projects, section 5.3 Dust Producing Processes is the part of the code that causes most of the unanticipated delays and extra costs.
Environment (national and provincial). Sites in towns or cities often have extra scrutiny around grain dust emissions compared to rural locations. Rural sites may require extra water and species at risk evaluation. Environmental regulations often have a large impact on design requirements and schedule.
Development/Building Permits (municipal). Municipal codes usually regulate permitted land use, site configuration, building height, etc. Local bylaws may also deal with sound, odors, traffic volume, and a host of other operational considerations.
Electrical (national code, provincial enforcement). Under the Canadian Electrical Code, grain processing sites are often considered hazardous locations, which affects the type of electrical equipment that can be installed and what certifications are required.
There are too many applicable codes and standards for any one firm to provide expertise for every regulation you might encounter. What we offer, though, is years of regulatory exposure in grain processing facilities, both during construction and later, while the plant is operating. We have a broad understanding of the regulatory framework for our industry, and are familiar with many of the nuances in the regulations that cause delays and expense for an owner. We're continually educating ourselves with respect to additional regulations.
Early in every project, we undertake a regulatory risk review, in order to identify requirements for the project, and help you put together a plan of action. When specialized regulatory support is needed beyond our own expertise, we have relationships with the right professionals to make sure you can cut through any red tape encountered.
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