Measurement Canada

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 Summer 2018.

Departmental Contact

Carl Cotton
Vice-President, Program Development Directorate
Measurement Canada

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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