2023–2025 Forward Regulatory Plan – Measurement Canada


Miscellaneous Amendments to the Weights and Measures Regulations

Enabling act(s)

Weights and Measures Act, subsection 10(1)

Description

The initiative is a miscellaneous regulatory amendment intended to make minor modifications to the Weights and Measures Regulations to clarify certain provisions, update obsolete references and correct French translations to ensure that the English and French versions are equivalent. These modifications were requested by Measurement Canada staff.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

The proposal is unrelated to a work plan or commitment under a formal regulatory cooperation forum.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposed regulatory changes will not have any negative impacts on Canadians. If anything, the impacts will be positive in that they will clarify certain provisions, modify wording to remove barriers to innovation and ensure that English and French versions are equivalent. There will be no new requirements imposed on Canadians, including businesses.

Consultations

This is a miscellaneous amendment to the existing regulation with no impact as the changes are minor and non-substantive. No prepublication in the Canada Gazette, Part I or public consultation will be required. An exemption from pre-publication will be sought from Treasury Board Secretariat.

Further information

Since this initiative is a miscellaneous amendment regulation, there will be no public consultation and therefore no need for additional information. The RIAS will contain any background information.

Departmental contact information

Cara Prest
A/Vice-President, Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Measurement Canada
613-324-8106
Cara.Prest@ised-isde.gc.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 2019


Weights and Measures Regulations – Volumetric liquid meters

Enabling act

Weights and Measures Act

Description

This initiative proposes technical amendments to performance standards for volumetric liquid meters, such as filling an existing gap in test quantities and limits of error that has been noted as a regulatory irritant by stakeholders. The objective of the amendments is to ensure that the limit of errors and meter sizes remain metrologically relevant and align with the current marketplace needs, as well as allow for inspection authorities to provide appropriate oversight.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

The proposal is unrelated to a work plan or commitment under a formal regulatory cooperation forum.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposed regulatory changes are not expected to have financial implications or major impacts to stakeholders. Although the proposal would introduce a new range of performance standards for volumetric liquid meters, it is not expected to have any significant cost implications.

Consultations

Consultations with stakeholders from various liquid trade sectors are planned.

Further information

Departmental contact information

Cara Prest
A/Vice-President, Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Measurement Canada
613-324-8106
Cara.Prest@ised-isde.gc.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 2022


Amendments to the Weights and Measures Regulations, as proposed in the Clean Technology Regulatory Review Roadmap

Enabling act

Electricity and Gas Inspection Act and Weights and Measures Act

Description

These amendments to the Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations and the Weights and Measures Regulations to support Measurement Canada's proposal, "Reducing Barriers to Innovative Measuring Devices" in the Clean Technology Regulatory Review Roadmap. The amendments would increase flexibility and modernize current prescriptive provisions with an aim to support innovative devices and emerging measurement technologies in the Canadian market.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

The proposal is unrelated to a work plan or commitment under a formal regulatory cooperation forum.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Enabling businesses to expeditiously introduce new measuring technologies to market will create both economic and environmental benefits. Furthermore, Canadians will have earlier opportunities to adopt new technologies with the assurance that they are "getting what they paid for" when they utilize cleaner technologies.

Consultations

Measurement Canada participated in the Targeted Regulatory Review on clean technology.

Stakeholders provided feedback on the second round of Targeted Regulatory Reviews during consultations launched in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 29, 2019. The What We Heard: Report on Regulatory Modernization provides a summary of stakeholder feedback.

Further information

About the 2019–2021 Targeted Regulatory Reviews (Round 2)

Clean Technology Regulatory Review Roadmap

Departmental contact information

Cara Prest
A/Vice-President, Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Measurement Canada
613-324-8106
Cara.Prest@ised-isde.gc.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 2022


Removing paper-based requirements in regulations, as proposed in the Digitalization and Technology-Neutral Regulations Roadmap

Enabling act

Electricity and Gas Inspection Act and Weights and Measures Act

Description

The paper-based and physical location-based requirements in the Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations and the Weights and Measures Regulations are outdated and prescriptive. Measurement Canada proposes to update the wording of the regulations by removing requirements for specific methods of exchanging information and communicating with stakeholders.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

The proposal is unrelated to a work plan or commitment under a formal regulatory cooperation forum.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposal is expected to reduce administrative burden to stakeholders, including Authorized Service Providers who deliver services on behalf of Measurement Canada. These changes would allow regulated parties more flexibility in meeting the requirements, which may result in economic efficiencies for both stakeholders and Government and allow access to digital services.

Consultations

Measurement Canada participated in the Targeted Regulatory Review on digitalization and technology neutrality. Stakeholders provided feedback on the second round of Targeted Regulatory Reviews during consultations launched in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 29, 2019. The What We Heard: Report on Regulatory Modernization provides a summary of stakeholder feedback.

Further information

About the 2019–2021 Targeted Regulatory Reviews (Round 2)

Digitalization and Technology-Neutral Regulations Roadmap

Departmental contact information

Cara Prest
A/Vice-President, Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Measurement Canada
613-324-8106
Cara.Prest@ised-isde.gc.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 2022


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