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Barn Construction & Renovations FAQs

If I am building a new barn what should I consider?
Effective January 1, 2017, you will be required to build a one-storey barn. Requirements for new one-storey barns to accommodate modular loading are detailed in Schedule 1 to Modular Loading Regulation No. 2568-2017. CLICK HERE for more details.

What are the changes that need to be considered when renovating an existing barn for modular loading?
The main considerations when renovating existing barns for modular loading are laneways, hard surface loading areas, loading door heights and widths, ceiling clearance heights and weight-bearing requirements for second floors. Recommended Standards for Existing Broiler Barns are detailed in Schedule 2 to Modular Loading Regulation No. 2568-2017. CLICK HERE for more details.

Can all barns be renovated for modular loading?
It is possible that some multi-storey barns may not be able to be renovated to accommodate modular loading.

Do I need to have an engineer do a structural assessment of my barn?
Multi-storey barns will require a structural assessment by a certified Engineer or Architectural Technologist prior to loading modules on the second floor. It is probable that structural reinforcement of second floors will be necessary to support the additional weight bearing requirements of the loaded modules. Your processor and catching company will request a copy of the final engineering report for their files to confirm that the necessary barn renovations were completed and that the weight-bearing requirements have been met.

Will I require a building permit to complete any necessary barn renovations?
In some cases, a building permit may be required before barn renovations can begin.

Where can I find detailed guidelines for barn renovations?
Guidelines for barn renovations are outlined in Schedule 1 (new barns) and 2 (existing barns) to Modular Loading Regulation No. 2568-2017. CLICK HERE for more details.

How much will barn renovations cost?
The cost of barn renovations will depend on what needs to be modified to make your barn modular loading compliant (capable of loading with modules).

Who is going to pay for the renovations?
Farmers are responsible for the cost of renovations to their barns, however, effective A-145, farmers will receive 1.2 cents per kilo in addition to the live price for approximately 7 years  to offset their costs. This is an interim amount that will be “trued up” once a critical mass of barns have become modular loading compliant.

Will I require more than 1 door for modular loading on the first floor of my barn?
If your barn is more than 300’ long you will require more than one loading door. If you cannot put the additional door on the opposite end of your barn due to equipment restrictions such as tunnel ventilation, the additional door can be installed on the side of barn to minimize distance travelled (300’ or less) by the forklift or telehandler.

How do I place chicks on the second floor of my barn when I have removed all my ramps and railings?
It is recommended that you leave one door with ramps and railings intact for placement of chicks.

Where can I find more information about builders/contractors/engineers in my area?
CLICK HERE to access the Canadian Farm Builders Association builder directory.
CLICK HERE to access the Canadian Farm Builders Association supplier directory.