Services

CanNorth Services

CanNorth’s experienced interdisciplinary team offers the technical skills and knowledge to protect the environment, satisfy regulatory requirements, benefit our clients, and support local communities. We assist clients on projects from inception to completion, and on an as-needed basis, providing a comprehensive range of high-quality services, including:

  • Environmental project proposals, scoping, and study design
  • Environmental assessments and baseline inventory studies
  • Environmental protection and mitigation plans
  • Risk assessment
  • Biostatistical services
  • Environmental monitoring programs
  • Community-based monitoring and training
  • Regulatory liaison services
  • Stakeholder and rights-holder engagement
  • Database management services
CanNorth is known for its liaison role and relationship-building role between local communities and proponents. As a First Nations’ owned company, CanNorth maximizes Indigenous community involvement in projects, including integrating traditional knowledge, engaging local people in environmental programs, and creating employment and education opportunities.
 
Our divisions specialize in the following areas: 

Aquatic: 

  • Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) programs
  • Limnological and water quality monitoring
  • Sediment quality monitoring
  • Ecological assessments of benthic invertebrate, plankton, and fish communities
  • Fish habitat assessments and compensation plans

 

  • Fish, benthic invertebrate, and vegetation chemistry studies
  • Fish health assessments
  • Fish relocation
  • Aquatic vegetation mapping
  • Toxicological studies
  • Fish spawning studies

Terrestrial: 

  • Database searches and desktop studies
  • Habitat classification and assessment
  • Wetland classification and compensation planning
  • Vegetation and rare plant surveys
  • Avian surveys and nest searches
  • Ungulate surveys
  • Amphibian and reptile surveys

 

  • Species at risk expertise
  • Migratory birds expertise
  • Pre-disturbance soil surveys and detailed site assessments
  • Reclamation assessments
  • Erosion control
  • Environmental site evaluations
  • Environmental monitoring

Hydrology:

  • Regional stream flow analysis
  • Design and installation of hydrometric and climatic monitoring programs
  • Plume delineation studies
  • Bathymetric mapping
  • Groundwater monitoring and reporting
  • Stream surveys and flow measurements

 

Risk Assessment: 

  • Human health risk assessment
  • Ecological risk assessment
  • Risk communication and stakeholder engagement
  • Predictive water quality modelling
  • Fate and transport modelling through aquatic and terrestrial environments
  • Development of ecological toxicity values (species sensitivity distributions)
  • Uncertainty assessment 

 

  • Expertise with metals, radionuclides, PHCs, PAHS, BTEX, chlorinated solvents, PCBs, dioxins and furans, perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS)
  • Contaminated sites (brownfield redevelopment)
  • Development of environmental quality guidelines
  • Public health (burden of illness, blood lead)
  • Human health exposure (vapour intrusion, fine particulate)

Heritage/ Archaeology:

  • Heritage Resources Impact Assessments (HRIA)
  • Heritage Resources Impact Assessment-Mitigation (HRIA-M)
  • Heritage Resources Impact Assessment-Monitoring
  • Heritage screening
  • Community archaeology programs
  • Traditional land-use studies
  • Cemetery studies
  • Archival and historical research

Community: 

  • Community-based environmental monitoring programs
  • Traditional foods and dietary studies
  • Technical and scientific reviews and advisory services
  • BEAHR Environmental training for Indigenous communities
  • Regulatory, stakeholder, and rights-holder engagement
  • Socio-economic baseline studies
  • Socio-economic impact assessment and monitoring
  • Third-party engagement evaluation
  • Group facilitation
  • Traditional and non-traditional land use studies
  • Indigenous knowledge collection 

Additional information is presented under the Community Programs section.

Environmental Management Support:

  • Environmental permitting
  • Develop and implement risk management strategies
  • Environmental management plan and best management plan development
  • Construction and post-construction monitoring
  • Team integration and staffing support
  • Gap analysis

Geomatics:  

  • Production of high-quality maps using industry standard software
  • Spatial data creation and analyses
  • Multispectral imagery analysis
  • Desktop environmental screening
  • Internet based data entry
  • Permit application support
  • Habitat modelling
  • Bathymetric mapping

EarthSoft EQuIS Database Management:  

  • EQuIS™ (Environmental Quality Information Systems) is EarthSoft’s advanced environmental data management and decision support system
  • CanNorth utilizes EQuIS™ to manage large amounts of data pertaining to environmental chemistry, biology, hydrology, limnology, air, and associated compliance monitoring activities
  • EQuIS™ supports the complete environmental data workflow for a variety of project requirements including task management, field data collection, analytical data checking, data verification and validation, and reporting