An Act to Amend the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act and the Weights and Measures Act (also known as the Fairness at the Pumps Act)

What's New

Proposed regulatory amendments adding administrative monetary penalties to the Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations and the Weights and Measures Regulations were published for consultation in the Canada Gazette, Part I (volume 147, number 50) on :

The consultation period ended on .

Proposed regulatory amendments adding mandatory inspection frequencies to the Weights and Measures Regulations were published for consultation in the Canada Gazette, Part I (volume 147, number 44) on . The consultation period closed on .

These proposed amendments are required to implement the provisions of the Act to Amend the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act and the Weights and Measures Act (also known as the Fairness at the Pumps Act).

Highlights of the New Law

  • Gives the Government the authority to require that measuring devices subject to the Weights and Measures Act be inspected at regular intervals in eight trade sectors (retail petroleum, downstream petroleum, dairy, retail food, fishing, logging, mining as well as grain and field crops) at this initial stage and possibly additional sectors later;
  • Gives non-government inspectors the authority to perform mandatory examinations (inspections) on behalf of the Minister, pursuant to the Weights and Measures Act, but enforcement activities will remain with government inspectors;
  • Increases court-imposed fines under the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act and the Weights and Measures Act to $10,000 for minor offences, $25,000 for major offences and up to $50,000 for repeat offences, thus providing greater deterrence against measurement inaccuracy and improved consumer protection; and
  • Introduces administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) under both the Weights and Measures Act and the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act.

Next Steps

The Act to Amend the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act and the Weights and Measures Act received Royal Assent on and became law. However, amendments to both Acts have not yet come into force.

The typical process for implementation of regulatory amendments takes time as it includes a number of steps:

  • Regulatory drafting and processing;
  • Publication of the proposed regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I;
  • Registration of proposed regulations in Canada Gazette, Part II; and
  • Establishment of coming into force date for regulatory amendments.

Both the Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations and the Weights and Measures Regulations have to be amended to implement the Act to Amend the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act and the Weights and Measures Act. As such, separate regulatory processes are being undertaken.

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