Measurement Canada

Specifications Relating to Timber Dimension Measuring Devices

Regulations Amending the Weights and Measures Regulations


Regulatory Initiative: Specifications Relating to Timber Dimension Measuring Devices

Description of objective:

This proposal aims to establish Specifications Relating to Timber Dimension Measuring Devices by the Minister of Industry, pursuant to paragraph 10(1)(i) of the Weights and Measures Act and sections 13 and 27 of the Weights and Measures Regulations.

These ministerial specifications will prescribe the design, composition, construction, performance, installation and use requirements for timber dimension measuring devices. By establishing these specifications, Measurement Canada sets out the requirements for the approval and examination of these measuring devices in order for them to be used legally for trade transactions in Canada.

Indication of business impacts:

There are no expected business impacts.

Public Consultation:

Starting in 2012 and over the course of the following few years, Measurement Canada partnered with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and formed a workgroup with stakeholders to establish the requirements that must be met in order for timber dimension measuring devices to be legal for trade in Canada. The CSA Timber Scanning Workgroup was created to address the needs of stakeholders during the development of requirements for this device type. These stakeholders included timber mills, provincial authorities, logging contractors, researchers from the United States and Canada as well as device manufacturers.

Feedback so far has been positive. There were some requests for clarification initially on certain aspects of the requirements.

The specifications will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in Fall 2017.

Departmental Contact:

Carl Cotton
Vice-President, Program Development Directorate
Measurement Canada
613-941-8918
Carl.Cotton@canada.ca


For more information:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.


Regulatory Initiative: Regulations Amending the Weights and Measures Regulations

Description of objective:

The proposed amendments are to the Weights and Measures Regulations, under the authority of paragraph 10(1)(e.1) and (v) of the Weights and Measures Act.

Periodic examinations were introduced in the Fairness at the Pumps Act and the accompanying amendments to the Weights and Measures Regulations, which came into force August 1, 2014. This introduced a requirement for traders using or having in their possession for use in trade certain devices in certain categories of trade to cause their devices to be examined by an inspector at specific frequencies under section 15 of the Act.

A 24-month phased-in implementation period ran from August 1, 2014, to August 1, 2016, with the exception of the retail food category of trade, where the implementation period was extended by a year and ran from August 1, 2014, to August 1, 2017.

Once the implementation period is over, section 29 of the Regulations can be updated by removing implementation-specific text, such as references to August 1, 2014. The proposed text will greatly help to improve the readability of the provision and more clearly set out the continuing requirement for periodic examinations.

Indication of business impacts:

There are no expected business impacts.

Public Consultation:

Since the proposed changes are administrative in nature and will not have a direct impact on business, there will be no public consultations. Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat has exempted the initiative from pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I.

Departmental Contact:

Carl Cotton
Vice-President, Program Development Directorate
Measurement Canada
613-941-8918
Carl.Cotton@canada.ca


For more information:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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