Fee adjustments lower fees for smaller propane operators
In response to stakeholder feedback, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has adjusted the fee categories for propane bulk plant and fill site facilities by adding more categories that better align with the different sized facilities seen in Ontario. The new fee structure outlined below, which is effective May 1, 2022, also lowers fees for smaller propane sites.
Propane customers who received renewal licence invoices dated between March 1 and March 31, 2022 for bulk plant and fill sites should ignore these invoices issued under the fee schedule ending April 30, 2022. TSSA will resend new invoices reflecting the revised propane fees.
The fee adjustment for propane operators follows TSSA’s announcement of a new fee structure effective May 1, 2021.
TSSA had received feedback from propane customers relating to certain fees being charged under the new fee structure that was introduced last year. The categories that were used to determine licensing fees for bulk plants and fill sites did not take into account facilities with additional smaller tanks which, when added to the capacity of main facility tanks, had placed them into a higher category and resulted in a larger than anticipated fee increase for those customers.
In response to stakeholder feedback from the propane industry, fees were reduced for smaller facilities with a capacity of fewer than 5,000 gallons that make up approximately 90% of facilities in Ontario. TSSA has added new categories and adjusted the fees in consultation with the propane industry.
As a not-for-profit public safety regulator, TSSA charges fees on a cost-recovery basis that reflects the true cost of providing public safety services. Fixed annual fees cover safety services, including licences, permits and business registrations, plus regular inspections.
If there are questions, please contact TSSA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-682-8772.
Throughout Ontario, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) enforces provincial safety regulations and enhances public safety. TSSA regulates the safety of amusement devices, boilers and pressure vessels, elevating devices, fuels, operating engineers, and ski lifts. Its range of safety services includes public education, certification, licensing and registration, engineering design review, inspections, investigations, safety management consultation, compliance support, enforcement and prosecution activities.