Canadian Registration Number (CRN)

CRN Harmonization

[Update 2021-01-14]

Change is still coming, but there are some roadblocks that have appeared as a result of trying to get multiple jurisdictions and their governments to agree to a common path forward. People are still working to make this a reality, but it is going to take more time than originally planned. Adding to the problems, there is confusion surrounding the CRN Harmonization project. It appears that there are different approaches being taken by multiple jurisdictions simultaneously.

ABSA has created a portal website, but it is not used for harmonized registrations at this time. They offer to register your design in other provinces, but this is reciprocal registration, not harmonization. Reciprocal registrations are still reviewed in the subsequent jurisdictions. This reciprocal registration process is the same as the service TSSA has offered for several years. You can see the portal website that has been created by ABSA here: CRN Online Web Portal

Further confusion may come from the fact that TSSA has a note posted on their website that beginning January 1, 2020 reviews done by one province will be accepted without review by other provinces participating in the Reconciliation Agreement for the Canadian Registration Number for Pressure Equipment. Participating members include British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Yukon. (TSSA Website) Noticeably absent is Alberta. In our experience during 2020, we have seen both situations occur. Sometimes it is accepted without a second review, but other times there is a second review, and possibly more.

While CRN Harmonization may not be finished yet, and many questions remain, things are changing and improvements are taking place. Harmonization is still the goal and people are working behind the scenes to make it happen. PVEng will continue to monitor the process and provide any services that will be needed.

Canadian Registration Number (CRN)

The CRN (Canadian Registration Number) system is the Canadian method of reviewing and registering the design of pressure vessels, piping systems and the fittings used to make them.

  • All Canadian provinces and territories, collectively called jurisdictions, use the CRN system.
  • The system is governed by the general CSA B51 standard, but every jurisdiction adds their own specific rules to make the standard enforceable.
  • The B51 standard is not a stand alone design code. ASME codes like VIII-1 and B31.3 provide the design and production methods. B51 adds some more rules specific to Canada.
  • Ideally design review and QC acceptance is completed prior to construction. It must be done prior to use.
  • CRN registration is required for each jurisdiction where the equipment is used.
  • Once registered, fabrication and inspection is handled the same as with National Board production.
  • Once registered any number of identical vessels or fittings can be produced.
  • CRN registered products can be built anywhere in the world.

Issues that regularly arise with CRN registration:

  • Fittings must be designed to a code like B31.3 and built under a QC program.
  • Vessels need to be fully compliant to the current code rules, including details like weld sizes and inspection openings.
  • It is reasonable to budget a half year for design registration in all jurisdictions. Typical times are less, but it can take longer.
  • CRN specific knowledge is required for successful registration – some is documented, and some is not.
  • A design is reviewed seven times if it will be used Canada wide. A failure in one jurisdiction can lead to redesign and restarting the whole process. It is important to design conservatively.
  • It can be hard to find registered fittings for use in vessels and piping systems.
  • Registration fees are much higher than National Board fees.

It is important to understand this when planning pressure equipment for Canada. The pages below are resources and an introduction to the CRN system. Pressure Vessel Engineering offers extensive design and CRN registration services. Our advertisement is at the bottom of the page.

The information provided on our website is for reference only. Due to changes in interpretations some information may be out of date. Current jurisdiction rules and requirements should always be checked before submitting your application for CRN Registration.

Essential CRN Resources

CRN Provincial Contacts

Provincial Contacts and Laws

Pressure equipment is registered for the province or territory it will be used in. This page provides contact information, websites and laws for each.

CRN Manufacturers

Fittings with CRNs

A list of some of the available fittings by category, including a quick description and a quick link to the manufacturers website. Also features a brief FAQ.

crn piping

Piping Registration

Province by province – which piping systems need registration and which are exempt. Lots of flowcharts, legislation extracts and links to useful information.

burst test

Burst Testing

Burst testing is an essential method of proving fittings and vessel components for CRN registration or general ASME use. Test methods and restrictions are discussed, as are CRN reporting requirements.

Understanding the CRN System

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ on the CRN system. How fittings are classified and the difference between large fittings and vessels.

Guide to CRN Numbers

An in depth guide to identifying vessel, piping and fitting CRN numbers. How to tell which province first registered the product, and where else it is also registered, and, how to combine registration numbers from multiple provinces into one number that fits on your nameplate.

Generic Vessel Registration

Register once and build many variations – generic registration is a powerful way to reduce registration costs and delays. More companies should do it this way!

CRN Piping Sample

Registration of Piping in Canada can be difficult. This sample shows what is required, and how it varies by province.

CRN Blog

CRN Survival Guide

A collection of useful articles on how to register pressurized equipment in Canada.

CRN Registration at PVEng

We have helped more than a thousand customers to secure CRN registrations across all jurisdictions. We are experts in the specialized field of pressure equipment design and registration.

  • Integrated design, review and registration services
  • Extensive knowledge of registration requirements, including what needs registering and what is exempt province by province
  • We work to many ASME codes – VIII-1, VIII-2, I, IV, B31.1, B31.3, B31.5 and others
  • Design validation by burst test to many codes

Other Services

ASME Code DesignWe work to many ASME standards to design and validate pressure vessels, boiler, fittings and piping systems.

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)We use FEA to design and validate fittings and vessels that cannot be designed by rule-based codes like VIII-1 or B31.3.

Pipe Stress Analysis Pipe stress analysis is mandatory for British Columbia registration and it is recommended practice for many other systems.

About Us

Pressure Vessel Engineering has twenty years of successful experience in the pressure vessel field working for more than a thousand customers.

  • Ten Professional Engineers on staff licensed to stamp and sign off on designs for use in all Canadian jurisdictions.
  • Fast and professional assistance from our team.

Need help? Our contact information is to the right.