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Apply for type approval for scales or scale components

Type approval is granted for a class, type or design of measuring device once it has been confirmed that it complies with all applicable legal requirements.


You must apply if you're a manufacturer or importer of a scale or scale component that will be used in measurement-based trade.

Before you apply

Before you apply, make sure your device meets all applicable approval requirements. Applications submitted for devices that do not meet the approval requirements will be rejected according to the non-compliance policy.


The following fees apply for a service referred to in subsection 59(1) of the Weights and Measures Regulations provided by an inspector, for each half hour or part of a half hour:

  • during the inspector’s regular working hours: $30
  • outside the inspector’s regular working hours: $45

For on-site visits, fees may apply for the following:

  • expenses incurred by the inspector for accommodation, meals and incidental expenses and for transportation to and from the site (cost of travel)
  • expenses incurred to transport test equipment and standards
  • time inspector spends to travel to and from the site:
    • during the inspector's regular working hours: $30 for each half hour or part of a half hour
    • outside the inspector's regular working hours: $45 for each half hour or part of a half hour

How to apply

Complete and submit the type approval application form, along with the following additional documentation:

  • technical documentation describing the design, composition and construction of the device
  • user manuals describing the installation and use of the device
  • test results showing the device complies with the applicable requirements

Shipping your device

Do not ship your device to Measurement Canada until requested to do so.

Once your application is processed, you will be asked to submit a sample device for testing. Review the shipping requirements before submitting your device.

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