Average costs for the laboratory analysis of a sample

From: Public Services and Procurement Canada

Find the average cost for the laboratory analysis of a sample

  1. First select an analysis type
  2. Next, for each type of analysis, a table will present a series of items that can be analyzed and the average cost per sample. Column contents can be sorted according to the items to be analyzed or the average price per sample. It is also possible to search by entering keywords in the "Filter items" field.
Note
  • These prices are on a per sample basis and can vary between laboratories
  • They will vary according to province, analytical methods used, etc.
  • They will also vary depending on the quality of samples submitted and arrangements made with individual laboratories
  • They should be used only as a guide
  • They are listed in Canadian dollars

Inorganic compounds

Inorganic compounds
CompoundsAverage price range per sample ($ CAD)
Ammonia (N-NH3)15 to 30
Arsenic (As)20 to 40
Asbestos15 to 50
Available bromide (Br-)10 to 40
Available cyanide (CN-)20 to 50
Available fluoride (F-)10 to 45
Carbonate (C032-)10 to 30
Chloride (Cl-)10 to 35
Ferrous iron (Fe 2+)20 to 55
Heavy metals (Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Copper (Cu), Nickel (Ni), Lead (Pb), Zinc (Zn))35 to 100
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) - soil50 to 100
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) - water20 to 60
Mercury (Hg)15 to 50
Metals IPC-MS (Aluminium (Al), Silver (Ag), Arsenic (As), Barium (Ba), Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Cobalt (Co), Copper (Cu), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo), Nickel (Ni), Lead (Pb), Selenium (Se), Antimony (sb), Zinc (Zn))50 to 130
Nitrate (N-NO3-)10 to 35
Nitrite - nitrate (NO22- + NO3-)15 to 65
Nitrite (N-NO22-)10 to 30
Sulfate (SO42-)10 to 35
Total cyanide (CN-)20 to 60
Total iron (Fe)15 to 60
Total Kjeldahl nitrogen (TKN)20 to 50
Total phosphorus (PO4)20 to 30
Total sulfur (S)20 to 60

Organic compounds

Organic compounds
CompoundsAverage price range per sample ($ CAD)
Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX)50 to 200
Chlorinated phenols100 to 300
Formaldehyde130 to 200
Glycol 50 to 150
Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE)30 to 120
Non-chlorinated phenols20 to 50
Pesticides300 to 700
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) aroclors60 to 150
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) congeners1000 to 1300
Semivolatile organic compounds (SVOC)300 to 600
Total halogen hydrocarbons (THH)60 to 150
Trihalomethane (THM)50 to 150
Volatile organic compounds (VOC)60 to 200

Petroleum hydrocarbons

Petroleum hydrocarbons
CompoundsAverage price range per sample ($ CAD)
Extractable petroleum hydrocarbons (C10-C32)50 to 175
Light and heavy extractable petroleum hydrocarbons (C10-C19 and C19-C32) (LEPH/HEPH) with Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) corrections150 to 250
Petroleum hydrocarbons (C10-C50)50 to 150
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)70 to 200
Total extractable hydrocarbons (C11-C40 or C11-C60) (TEH)50 to 120
Total petroleum hydrocarbon fraction 1 to fraction 4 (TPH F1-F4)100 to 200
Total volatile hydrocarbons (TVH)50 to 120
Volatile petroleum hydrocarbons (VPH)50 to 100

Microbiology

Microbiology
CompoundsAverage price range per sample ($ CAD)
Enumeration of the total heterotrophic bacterial population and the specific bacterial population—soil20 to 100
Enumeration of the total heterotrophic bacterial population and the specific bacterial population—water10 to 50
Total coliforms or fecal coliforms or E. Coli—soil20 to 100
Total coliforms or fecal coliforms or E. Coli—water20 to 50

Other parameters

Other parameters
CompoundsAverage price range per sample ($ CAD)
Alkalinity10 to 50
Biological oxygen demand (BOD5)20 to 50
Cation exchange capacity (CEC)20 to 90
Chemical oxygen demand (COD)20 to 50
Conductivity5 to 25
Potential of hydrogen (pH)5 to 15
Soil particle analysis/granulometry15 to 50
Soil water content5 to 15
Soil/Water absorption coefficient (Kd)50 to 75
Suspended solids10 to 40
Total organic carbon (TOC)25 to 80
Turbidity10 to 35
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