Standards Council of Canada approves national standard to address impact of climate change on Northern community drainage systems

OTTAWA, Feb. 12, 2015 /CNW/ - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and CSA Group today announced the publication of a new National Standard of Canada (NSC) that will help Canada's North design and implement effective community drainage systems to address climate change.  

CAN/CSA-S503-15 Community drainage system planning, design, and maintenance in northern communities is the fourth in a suite of innovative standards developed by Canada's standardization network for the Northern Infrastructure Standardization Initiative (NISI). The suite aims to provide tangible, long-term improvements to Canada's Northern infrastructure, a key priority for the Government of Canada.

The government supports NISI through its financial commitments to climate change adaptation.

Community drainage planning in the North is unique, due to long periods of extremely low temperatures; exceptionally large and remote drainage basins; permafrost; small, isolated communities with low population density; and consideration for the social and cultural context of land use. The new standard provides guidance on planning, design, construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of drainage systems in Canada's North.

The development of a fifth NISI standard, Geotechnical site investigation guidelines for building foundations in permafrost, will begin in early 2015 and is expected to generate even more benefit to Northerners.

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"With assistance from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and funding from the Government of Canada's Clean Air Agenda, SCC is pleased to support and truly deliver on the government's commitment to the North," said SCC's CEO, John Walter. "NISI is yet another clear example of how Canada's standardization network brings tremendous value to Canadians, including our Northerners."

"CSA Group is pleased to have played such an important role in contributing to a more sustainable future for those living in the Far North," said Gianluca Arcari, Executive Director, Standards and Vice President, CSA Group. "This series of standards is so important, because it takes into account the unique challenges in these communities. We are proud to contribute to helping reduce the impact of climate change on communities in the Far North."

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About CSA Group
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to the development of standards for safety, social good and sustainability purposes. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group, visit

About the Standards Council of Canada
SCC is a Crown corporation and part of the Industry Canada portfolio that leads and facilitates the development and use of national and international standards and accreditation services in order to enhance Canada's competitiveness and well-being.


SOURCE Standards Council of Canada

Image with caption: "The new National Standard of Canada (NSC) addresses the impact of climate change on Northern community drainage systems. The NSC was developed under the Northern Infrastructure Standardization Initiative, which includes several innovative standards to provide tangible, long-term improvements for Canada’s Northerners. (Photo credit: Jason Prno) (CNW Group/Standards Council of Canada)". Image available at:

For further information: Media contacts: Sandra Watson, Vice-President, Communications & Corporate Planning & Corporate Secretary, Standards Council of Canada, +1 613 238 3222 ext. 403, ; Allison Hawkins, Manager, Corporate Affairs, CSA Group, 1-416-747-2615,


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