Environment and Climate Change Canada’s open lab events

On May 8, 9 and 15—during the Science Odyssey campaign— Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is opening its research facilities across the country to offer Canadians an inside look at the fascinating work being done by its scientists. Every day, scientists and researchers are working hard at the department’s labs across the country to ensure Canadians enjoy a safe, clean, and sustainable environment.

Please note that backpacks are not allowed in the labs. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date Time Facility Location Description
May 8, 2019
  • French tours: 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
  • English tours: 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. (EDT)
Centre St. Laurent 400 Place d’Youville
Montreal QC
The Centre St. Laurent is responsible for monitoring water quality on the St. Lawrence River, understanding the effects of contaminants on DNA, and interpreting trends in mercury in northern Canada, among other environmental issues.
May 8, 2019
  • 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT)
National Wildlife Research Centre Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive (Raven Road)
Ottawa ON
The National Wildlife Research Centre is the focal point for ECCC knowledge and expertise on the impacts of toxic substances on wild plants and animals, species at risk, international migratory bird research and population surveys, and the health of wild species as indicators of environmental quality.
May 8, 2019 Canada Centre for Inland Waters 867 Lakeshore Road
Burlington ON
The Centre is Canada’s largest freshwater research facility, and it houses laboratories, a marine workshop, ECCC’s national library and archives, and fish-specimen archives. It is also the home of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Great Lakes and Asian carp laboratories as well as the National Laboratory for Environmental Testing—the largest of the accredited ECCC analytical laboratories.
May 9, 2019 Tours at:
  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (PDT)
  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (PDT)
  • Preregistration required: ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca or 1-800-668-6767
Pacific Environmental Science Centre 2645 Dollarton Highway
North Vancouver BC
The Pacific Environmental Science Centre laboratories provide scientific data for freshwater quality monitoring programs, the Shellfish Water Classification Program (CWSP), wildlife and environmental enforcement related investigations, and emerging priorities. The chemistry section of the laboratory specializes in environmental contaminants analysis, oil spills forensics and identification of unknown contaminants in the environment.
May 9, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT), lab tours are every hour starting at 9:30 a.m.

Just added:
Join research scientist Chris Derksen as he presents findings from the newly released Canada’s Changing Climate Report! (at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.)

Andrew Thomson Research Laboratory and Downsview Building 4905 Dufferin Street
Toronto ON
The Andrew Thomson Research Laboratory is home to various ECCC atmospheric research and monitoring programs. Laboratories at this location specialize in the measurement and analysis of air pollutants and support national networks that measure the ozone layer, atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases, aerosols and acid rain. This site also hosts meteorological research and development programs and laboratories to improve the ability to detect and predict extreme weather.
May 15, 2019 Tours at:
  • 9:00 a.m. (EDT)
  • 10:00 a.m. (EDT)
  • 11:00 a.m. (EDT)
  • 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • Larger groups and French tours, preregistration required: ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca or 1-800-668-6767
Science & Technology Laboratories 335 River Road
Ottawa ON
The Science & Technology Laboratories houses mobile air quality monitoring stations equipment used to measure air pollution across Canada. It is also home to testing facilities for engine emissions as well as one of the world’s leading oil spill research labs. Enforcement officers based at the site are responsible for protecting and conserving wildlife and the environment for future generations.

Contact us

Telephone: 1-800-668-6767
Email: ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca

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