FEDERAL REG

SOR/2017-17: Regulations Amending the Weights and Measures Regulations (Miscellaneous Program)

REGISTRATION OF FEDERAL REGULATION - VIA OIC DATABASE, PRIOR TO PART II OF THE GAZETTE

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February 13, 2017


REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS STATEMENT (This statement is not part of the Regulations.) Issues The Weights and Measures Act and Regulations govern legal units of measurement, the use of approved and examined weighing and measuring machines which meet established technical requirements, and the accurate measurement of products and services traded on the basis of measure. This initiative consists of ... (Click for more)


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Published on February 18, 2017

Bill Summary

SOR/2017-17: Regulations Amending the Weights and Measures Regulations (Miscellaneous Program)

REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS STATEMENT (This statement is not part of the Regulations.) Issues The Weights and Measures Act and Regulations govern legal units of measurement, the use of approved and examined weighing and measuring machines which meet established technical requirements, and the accurate measurement of products and services traded on the basis of measure. This initiative consists of amending the Weights and Measures Regulations (the Regulations). The Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (the Committee) reviewed the Regulations and identified inconsistencies between the English and French versions of the Regulations, following amendments made to the specifications related to automatic weighing machines in March 2012 (SOR/2012-28). These specifications appear in Division VI, Part V of the Regulations. The Committee also identified ambiguities resulting from the addition of the administrative monetary penalties to the Regulations in May 2014 (SOR/2014-112). These ambiguities appear in Part VIII of the Regulations. Objectives The purpose of the minor amendments is to address concerns raised by the Committee, to correct inconsistencies between the English and French versions of the Regulations and to clarify certain sections. Description Amendments made to sections of the specifications eliminate a redundancy from the definition of an electronic machine. Furthermore, a definition for electronic computing machine is being added to make the specifications more coherent. Subsection 172(1) is restructured to eliminate any possible confusion associated with using both the International System of Units and the Canadian units of measurement. Other editorial amendments eliminate inconsistencies between the two versions of the regulatory specifications. Similar editorial amendments were made to sections 181, 192 and 224 and subsections 266(4) and 267(4) to ensure consistent use of defined terms. A modification was made to section 351 to exclude regular mail as a means to submit an administrative monetary penalty payment to Measurement Canada. The change is made because the mailing date is required in the administration of monetary penalties and postmarks on regular mail may not include this information. In section 352, the text was modified to specify that the notice of violation number on the compliance agreement or review request is the one provided in the notice of violation. In the same section, a clarification was made to better set out the prescribed manner as including the information to be submitted, how it can be submitted and within what period. In addition to the minor amendments above, typographical errors are corrected in sections 218 and 219 of the French version and paragraph 81(a) was modified to align with similar wording used in the Regulations. Consultation These amendments do not alter the intent of the Regulations or impose new restrictions or burdens on individuals or industry. Within this context, no external consultation on the substance of these amendments has been carried out because these amendments do not alter the intent of the Regulations or impose new restrictions or burdens on the general public or any party subject to the measures set out in the Regulations. “One-for-One” Rule The “One-for-One” Rule does not apply to these Regulations, as there is no change in administrative costs to business. Small business lens The small business lens does not apply to these Regulations, as the proposed amendments are not expected to increase costs or regulatory burden on small business. Rationale These amendments to the Regulations are in response to recommendations made by the Committee. They will improve the accuracy and consistency between the English and French versions of the Regulations and clarify certain sections. Contact Carl Cotton Vice-President Measurement Canada Telephone: 613-941-8918 Email: [email protected] Footnote a S.C. 1993, c. 34, s. 136 Footnote b R.S., c. W-6 Footnote 1 C.R.C., c. 1605

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