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Elevating, Amusement & Ski Lift Devices

Elevators, escalators, and moving walkways aren’t just modern-day conveniences; they’re essential to the efficient and safe movement of people in their day-to-day lives throughout the Province. They provide essential access to facilities and resources for persons with physical disabilities, and help make Ontario a leader in accessibility.

Our team is a valued partner to industry and reviews and registers elevating, amusement, and ski device designs, conducts initial inspections, licenses devices, and is responsible for regulating the safety of other elevating devices including elevators, escalators, moving walkways, lifts for persons with physical disabilities, and construction hoists.

Since elevating devices can be found in all kinds of buildings within an assigned area, every day is a little different. The way devices are used is an important element of promoting safety. We ensure that the regulations are complied with by the industry mechanics and trade professionals in their training, examination, and certification.

If you’re having fun in Ontario, there’s also a good chance we’re involved.

Many of our TSSA team members are responsible for regulating the safety of amusement rides in Ontario. That includes roller coasters, Ferris wheels, water slides, go-karts — even inflatable bouncy castles!

Our Passenger Ropeways (Ski Lift) Safety Program is responsible for regulating the safety of passenger ropeway devices in Ontario. We also provide public education to promote safe activity and use to reduce the number of incidents involving these devices. So, if your idea of fun involves skiing and tubing, our team will help make sure you get to the top safely via bar lifts, chair lifts, gondolas, reversible ropeways, and tube and belt tows. The way down, however, is up to you.

Our Inspectors are at different, and often multiple, sites every day performing inspections of devices and providing guidance to elevator mechanics, site owners or management, and the general public on the regulations and codes in Ontario — which are amongst the strongest in the world.

Inspectors at TSSA possess initiative and a wealth of safety related knowledge while thriving on the unique environments and technologies that each day brings.

Our Engineers always put public safety first as they review and register new or modified device designs.

The work and experience of our Engineers influences the development of future regulations and codes.

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