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New Law Strengthens Technical Safety In Ontario

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New Law Strengthens Technical Safety In Ontario

McGuinty Government Protects Families and Communities

Ontario is enhancing public safety for families and communities across Ontario by improving the accountability and transparency of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).

Ontario's Technical Standards and Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009 comes into force on May 1, 2010.

Among other things, the act:

  • Requires the TSSA to appoint a Chief Safety and Risk Officer who independently reviews TSSA activities and prepares public reports,
  • Gives the Auditor General the option to audit the TSSA.
The legislation addresses two of the Ontario Propane Safety Review Panel's recommendations to further improve technical safety in Ontario.  The first is the recommendation to provide the TSSA with clear authority to respond to imminent hazards and charge the cost back to the operator.  The second is the requirement for propane operators to carry insurance as a condition of licensing.   

With the review of propane safety completed in 2008 and the Technical Standards and Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009 now in force, the ministry has taken significant steps to address the recommendations of the panel and protect the safety of Ontarians. 

Quick Facts

  • The TSSA was established as a not-for-profit corporation in 1996.
  • It administers and enforces public safety in these key areas in Ontario: upholstered and stuffed articles, boilers, pressure vessels and operating engineers, amusement and elevating devices and fuels safety.

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“Ontario is a leader in public safety standards and we’ve taken another big step forward today. These changes keep us aligned with the best practices around the world.”

Sophia Aggelonitis

Minister of Consumer Services



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