Aquatic Toxicology Research Centre

Office Information

Location: Centennial Building (CB 0020)

Phone: 807-343-8179

If you have any questions regarding how we can serve you, please feel free to call the laboratory.

The Lakehead University Aquatic Toxicology Research Centre (ATRC) is an ISO17025:2017 accredited facility that specializes in regulatory testing/monitoring of the effects of effluents on aquatic organisms. ATRC tests a wide range of samples including discharges from pulp and paper mills, mines and municipalities as well as the toxicity of specific contaminants provided by industries. Services include acute testing using both Rainbow Trout and Daphnia magna.

The ATRC has been operating at Lakehead University since 1970. The acute test, now a tool that is used to monitor environmental discharges across Canada was developed at Lakehead University from the 'bag test' by Professor George Ozburn in association with the Canadian Environmental Protection Services. As the only acute toxicity testing facility located between Southern Ontario and Manitoba, ATRC provides services for clients all over the North Shore.