New law will mean stronger technical safety
McGuinty Government Moves To Protect Families and Communities
New legislation will enhance public safety for families and communities across Ontario.
The Technical Standards and Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009, was passed in the Ontario Legislature on December 2. It is designed to improve the accountability and transparency of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) and further strengthen the province's technical safety system.
The new legislation, which would come into force upon proclamation, would:
- Require the TSSA to appoint an independent Chief Risk and Safety Officer to provide independent review of the TSSA and to report annually and publicly on how the TSSA is meeting its public safety mandate
- Establish the legislative authority for the Minister of Consumer Services to guide the strategic focus of the TSSA by issuing policy directives
- Provide the Minister of Consumer Services with the power to appoint the Chair and Vice Chair from the members of the TSSA's Board of Directors
- Provide the Auditor General access to the TSSA's records should the auditor choose to conduct an audit.
- The TSSA was established as a not-for-profit corporation in 1996.
- It administers and enforces public safety in five key areas in Ontario – upholstered and stuffed articles, boilers, pressure vessels and operating engineers, amusement and elevating devices and fuels safety.
“The citizens of Ontario expect no less than our constant vigilance to ensure they are safe day in and day out. Today, we are moving forward to give them that assurance. Our vision is to be a leader in public safety – and our government is committed to continuing to work with the TSSA to raise the bar on technical safety in this province.”