Sub-program 3.1.2

Materials and Certification for Safety and Security


Materials are engineered and fabricated for specific applications and environments. Defects in equipment or structures can cause failures that result in death, serious injury, and economic and environmental damages. Non-destructive testing helps to ensure the integrity of safety-critical components in aircraft, boilers and pressure vessels, bridges, buildings, cranes, heavy equipment, nuclear reactors, pipelines and other applications. Several federal regulators and other authorities require non-destructive testing to be performed by inspectors certified according to national standard CAN/CGSB-48.9712-2006, Qualification and Certification of Non-Destructive Testing Personnel. This Sub-program certifies individuals to this national standard. The standard and certification procedures are aligned with requirements in international standard ISO 9712:2005 and European standard EN 473:2000. The Sub-program also helps other federal government departments and regulatory authorities to develop and implement certification programs and develops materials solutions to provide increased protection to Canadian Forces personnel and assets. The focus is to protect light military vehicles and occupants from the effects of improvised explosive devices, a weapon of choice for insurgents and unconventional forces, and to protect dismounted soldiers and law enforcement personnel against projectiles and fragmentation devices.

Non-Financial Performance Information
Expected Result Performance Indicators Targets
Individuals are certified to perform non-destructive testing to a national standard Number of individuals holding one or more valid certifications issued by NRCan 4,800 by March 31, 2014
Number of valid certifications issued by NRCan (certifications are currently offered in six methods and individuals are typically certified in more than one method and/or sector) 12,000 by March 31, 2014
Defence stakeholders adopt advanced materials solutions to protect light military vehicles and occupants from the effects of improvised explosive devices Number of advanced materials solutions to which NRCan contributed that have been identified for adoption by defence stakeholders 1 (total over 3 years) by March 31, 2015
Financial Performance Information ($ thousands)
Planned Spending Main Estimates
1,385 1,385