Understanding Federal Air Quality Regulation

Online /
Jan 24 - 25, 2022 /
Course Code: 12-0120-ONL22

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  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Apply your skills in contracting, data management and reporting, inspections and investigations, negotiating project approvals, and environmental management
  • Understand the federal legislation that directly impacts emissions from industrial and resource sector projects
  • Identify practical approaches for federal environmental compliance
  • Manage current environmental issues related to project development

Federal environmental legislation has developed in the ways that it relates to major projects. In particular, the air quality management system has re-defined ways in which federal policy relates to project and regional air quality. The only way to avoid liability for non-compliance is to thoroughly understand federal regulatory requirements and how these are harmonized with the provinces. This course will increase your understanding of such issues and emphasizes the application of regulations in the various areas of concern to industry.

Whether you have limited previous knowledge simply need to study regulation updates, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the federal environmental regulations and how they affect industrial processes and projects.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction - the legal system
  • Integration: Federal and Provincial Regulation
  • Federal Legislation and Projects
  • Chemicals Management
  • Standards Development
  • The Air Quality Management System
  • The Multisector Air Pollutants Regulation
  • Climate Change and Projects
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Air Monitoring protocols
  • Environmental emergencies

Who Should Attend:
Environmental Managers • Coordinators • Engineers • Scientists• Environmental Departments • Corporate/Project Managers • Directors and Officers • Facility Managers • Plant Superintendents• In-house counsel• Consultants • Regulatory Personnel• Municipal Personnel

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Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

Part I: Project Assessment and Approvals

Introduction: The Legal System

  • Constitutional law, division of powers for environmental matters
  • Laws, regulations, codes, and guidelines
  • Integration and harmonization

Federal Legislation - CEPA and its Regulations

  • The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Chemicals Management

  • Toxic substances
  • Reporting and the NPRI
  • Risk assessment

Standards and Standards development - CAAQS

  • Air standards process
  • Federal and provincial standards
  • Problems and pitfalls
  • Application to Projects

Regulation of Air Quality - the AQMS

  • The air quality management system (AQMS)
  • Air quality management zones
  • Relation to project emissions levels
  • BLIERS and implications

Multisector Air Pollutants Regulation (MSAPR)

  • Regulation Parts 1, 2 and 3 - NOx
  • Emissions testing
  • Future developments

3:30 Implications for Projects

  • Harmonization with provincial regulation
  • Implications of changes to project emissions control
  • Management strategies


Day II

Environmental Assessment

  • Applicable legislation - CEAA 2012 and Bill C69
  • The Federal EA process and its relation with the provinces
  • Key concepts and their management
  • Assessment scenarios
  • Technical aspects

Climate Change and Major Projects

  • Climate and environmental assessment
  • Dealing with GHGs
  • Management planning
  • Climate and project risks

Case studies in Environmental Assessment

  • Sector specific case studies
  • Problems and solutions

EA Project Monitoring

  • Conditions on projects
  • Environmental protection planning
  • Developing and implementing the monitoring protocol
  • Fugitive emissions
  • Case studies

Operational Issues

  • Data gathering and data management
  • Operational planning
  • Special cases

Environmental emergencies (E2)

  • The E2 regulation and triggers
  • Incident risk assessment
  • E2 planning

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Brian Sulley, P. Eng.

Brian is a Technical Director and Principal at RWDI, specializing in air quality emissions and dispersion modelling work as well as his chemical process quantitative risk analysis. Brian’s experience includes heavy industry such as mining, aggregate extraction, hot mix asphalt production, cement plants, pulp and paper mills, petrochemical facilities, and automotive production, through to institutional facilities such as hospitals and universities. Brian’s experience in chemical process quantitative risk analysis spans his work with his previous employer in the chemical process industry and with RWDI. His work in chemical process engineering provides a strong foundation for both his air quality and risk assessment work.

Brian sits on the Board of the Ontario Section of the Air & Waste Management Association and is an active member with the Ontario Environmental Industry Association. Brian also sits on the Environment Committee of the Ontario Stone Sand and Gravel Association, providing guidance and training to members on fugitive dust management and control and regulatory compliance requirements.

In addition to working directly with clients to meet air quality objectives and comply with regulations, Brian acts as a technical lead for RWDI’s Air Quality modelling group, coaching and mentoring scientists and engineers across Canada at work on a range of emissions inventory, monitoring and modelling projects.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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