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
  • Cumulative effects monitoring
  • Regulatory liaison services
  • Community engagement services
  • 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 Aboriginal 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 spawning studies

 

  • Fish, benthic invertebrate, and vegetation chemistry studies
  • Fish health assessments
  • Fish relocation
  • Mitigation planning for fish impingement and entrainment
  • Aquatic vegetation mapping
  • Toxicological 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
  • Soil surveys and reclamation assessments
  • Erosion control
  • Environmental site assessments

Hydrology:

  • Regional stream flow analysis
  • Design of hydrometric and climatic monitoring programs
  • Plume delineation studies
  • Bathymetric mapping
  • Hydrogeological data collection and monitoring
  • Installation of remote hydrometric and climatic monitoring stations
  • Long-term hydrometric monitoring programs

 

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)

 

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

Heritage/ Archaeology:

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

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

Community: 

  • Community-based environmental monitoring and training programs
  • Public consultation and First Nations engagement
  • Wild and country foods studies and sampling programs
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) studies
  • Technical and scientific reviews and advisory services
  • Environmental training for First Nations (certified BEAHR trainers) 

Additional information is presented under the Community Programs section.

Geomatics:  

  • Production of high quality maps using expert software
  • Interpretation and analyses of project-specific geographic data sets
  • Habitat modelling and spatial analysis
  • Ecological classifications derived from remotely-sensed images
  • Creation of specialized maps to meet clients’ diverse needs

Technology and Innovation:  

  • Fish Diversion Technology by ATET-Tech
  • Real-Time Water Quality Management (RWQM) in association with Dr. Heinrich Wörtche