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International Audit Protocols - Canada: Federal & Ontario

Specialty Technical Consultants

The Canada Federal and Ontario Audit Protocols for environmental, health and safety (EH&S) are organized around eighteen topics, with a separate module devoted to each. Record keeping is included within each module.

These Canada and Ontario audit protocols have been prepared to reflect the principal EH&S legislation that applies to facilities located in the province of Ontario, Canada. Both National and provincial legislation is covered. 

Each protocol includes the Introduction outlining how that country regulates Environmental, Health and Safety issues and discusses EHS management and liability for corporations. It also includes a Regulatory Summary of the legislative components covered in the protocol.  Each of the topic modules begin with a summary description of the various regulations pertaining to that topic. 

Applicability Tables, Pre-Audit Preparation requirements and Checklists, as a series of audit questions with Guide Notes for the auditor to verify compliance, form the body of the protocol and reference the legislation summary. Important clarifying information is also included in the accompanying tables or appendices within each topic module. 

Two unique features, firstly the Audit Quick Check (AQC), allows for recording of audit findings and five different sort options to facilitate reporting from the MS Word® version and secondly, Xcelerator®, STP s recently released Excel®-based tool, allows auditors to rapidly collect, share, archive and export audit findings in one document, assign compliance scores for each audit question, and generate at-a-glance corrective action reports.

In addition this country-specific protocol is available through risk management systems.


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Topic Area
  • Environment Canada
  • Canadian Council of Ministries of the Environment (CCME)
  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA)
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment
  • Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Health Canada
  • Ontario Ministry of Labour
  • Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA)(Ontario)
  • Environmental Protection Act (Ontario)
  • Fisheries Act