National inventory of asbestos in National Defence buildings
This page features an inventory of all non-residential buildings owned by the Department of National Defence (DND), as well as those buildings with a lease that DND manages. The building inventory indicates which structures and assets contain asbestos as of September 30, 2017. It also indicates where asbestos management plans are in place.
Consult the inventory
To find out whether there is a known presence of asbestos in DND buildings, locate the building in the inventory below. You can search by entering key words in the “Filter items” box. You can also sort certain columns to locate a building by its Directory of Federal Real Property (DFRP) unique number, region, asset name, city, province or territory, postal code or asset type.
- Only non-residential properties owned or directly leased by DND are listed in the inventory. Note that all military quarters, with the exception of Residential Housing Units (RHUs), are considered non-residential; military quarters are categorized as workplaces and therefore included in this inventory. (Residential buildings, such as RHUs, will be published as part of the national asbestos inventory by fall 2018.)
- Other government departments that own or lease buildings have their own inventories. Inquiries about properties owned or managed by other government departments should be addressed to the respective departments.
- Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) maintains its own National Asbestos Inventory, which includes many buildings that DND uses.
- Where there is no asbestos in a building, an asbestos management plan is not required.
Properties listed in the national asbestos inventory
Abbreviations and acronyms
- Directory of Federal Real Property
- Not Applicable
- Not Reportable to DFRP
Provinces and territories
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
|No.||DFRP No.||Asset name||Street number||Address||City||Province||Asset type||Known presence of asbestos?||Asbestos management plan in place?|
How the Government of Canada manages asbestos in its buildings
The Government of Canada carefully manages the risks associated with asbestos in its buildings. All buildings that contain asbestos are required to have an asbestos management plan. If asbestos has recently been discovered, an asbestos management plan may not yet be in place. DND is working diligently with landlords and leasors to ensure that asbestos management plans are developed for the few leased buildings that do not yet have them.
Asbestos in Department of National Defence-owned buildings
For most of the 20th century, asbestos was commonly used in both residential and commercial building products. Asbestos is a mineral that can be crumbled, pulverized or powdered when it is dry (friable) and will result in small fibres and clumps of fibres being released into the air. For more information on asbestos, please visit Health Canada’s website.
Non-friable asbestos has been used in limited applications by the Government of Canada and the construction industry in North America. The National Building Code permits the use of non-friable asbestos (not easily broken or able to crumble into pieces) and can be used in limited applications like resilient flooring, fire retardant boards, and for some piping.
Currently, the Department of National Defence follows the statements of the Asbestos Management Directive.
- To not procure asbestos-containing material (ACM) in its new construction, renovations and works projects;
- To “manage-in-place” any ACM found in its buildings and works; and
- To identify, implement and keep a national registry (inventory) of existing ACM in all its real property assets and minimize risk for human exposure commensurate with provincial and territorial laws and applicable Government of Canada policies and regulations.
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