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CAAR's Industry Committee Participation

As a CAAR member, you help support your association’s advocacy activities. In turn, when important industry issues and initiatives are brought forward, your association can help represent your interests by ensuring your voice is heard. Keep reading to see some of the groups and committees CAAR is participating in on members’ behalf.

Stock Up on Spring Essentials

CAAR Mart makes it easy for ag retailers to order essential items to support their operation’s safety, compliance and training with special pricing available for members. Read more for a selection of merchandise available for purchase through CAAR Mart today!

NTSP Safety Training in Brandon - Register Now!

The Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers is pleased to host NTSP Safety Training covering the testing and inspection requirements of the CSA B620 and CSA B622 Safety Standards. Read more for details on the training session, which will be held on Monday, April 22 in Brandon, MB. 

Don’t Miss NTSP Training in Brandon

Haven’t registered for live NTSP Safety Training in Brandon? Don’t miss this chance to review testing and inspection requirements of the CSA B620/B622 Safety Standards and receive 3-year safety certification or re-certification. CAAR members can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly to register for the training session, held on Friday, Sept. 14 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. 

Compliance Reminder: B620 Changes in Effect

CAAR is reminding all members that they must adhere to the updated B620-14 Standard to remain in compliance with Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations. Under the new standard, visual inspections for all anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks and TDUs are now required annually.

Stay Up-To-Date on TDG Certification

Take advantage of discounted rates for CAAR members and ensure all individuals who will be handling or transporting NH3 are adequately trained with the right skills and knowledge and hold a valid certificate.

Fertilizer Canada launches 45-Day Comment Period for the Ammonia Code of Practice Site Security Amendment

Fertilizer Canada has launched a 45-day comment period for proposed changes to the Ammonia Code of Practice. CAAR invites retail members to review and submit their feedback to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 10, 2018. 

Member Alert: Update on CAAR’s Equivalency Certificate and Temporary Certificate

*Note: this article contains the most up to date information on CAAR’s Equivalency and Temporary Certificates regarding the B620/622 changes. In the case of discrepancy, please disregard previous information.

Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR) has received a revised Equivalency Certificate (SH11960.1) and a revised Temporary Certificate (TH 0653.1) to provide compliance relief on the hydrostatic testing requirements on nurse tanks.

NH3 Update: Hydrostatic Testing Relief Granted for Spring 2018

Transport Canada has agreed to provide agri-retailers time to complete hydrostatic testing, which will ensure adequate anhydrous ammonia resources for farmers this spring. The Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR) has been granted a Temporary Certificate TH 0653 for the 2018 spring seeding season, which will allow members relief for the hydrostatic testing requirements on three year tanks as required by the CSA B620-14. 

CAAR Issued Equivalency Certificate SH 11960

CAAR is pleased to announce that it has received an Equivalency Certificate from Transport Canada which provides certain variances from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) B622 Standard related to pressure testing of nurse and application tanks.

CAAR Training Spotlight: TDG NH3

CAAR’s training course on the safe handling of anhydrous ammonia provides agri-retailers with the certification, skills and knowledge to properly handle and transport this hazardous chemical on their operations.

Order Your Nurse Tank Placards Before June 1, 2017

Beginning June 1, 2017, nurse tanks will require placards identifying that it is carrying ammonia (UN 1005) on all four sides in a way that complies with Part 4 (Dangerous Goods Safety Marks) of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) regulations. The two equivalency certificates that formerly allowed placards on the two long sides of a nurse tank (SH 6171 - Ren. 9, and SH 10006 - Ren. 5) will be discontinued on May 31, 2017.

Advocacy Update: Ammonia Nurse Tank Standards Update

CAAR and Fertilizer Canada have been working intensively with two working groups under the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) B620 Technical Committee, seeking resolution to changes in the 2014 B620 and B622 standards for construction of new anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks, and increased frequency of pressure testing and visual inspection for nurse tanks.

Summary of CAAR's Response to Ammonia Code Amendments

CAAR has responded with concern regarding the proposed amendments brought forward by Fertilizer Canada to the Anhydrous Ammonia Code of Practice. A summary of CAAR’s submission outlining its recommendations and provided to Fertilizer Canada on October 1, 2015, is available here.