Register a Design

Design Registration Overview

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) reviews and registers new or altered passenger ropeways and conveyors (ski lifts) designs.

Before a new or altered passenger ropeway and conveyor (ski lift) can be registered, its design is subject to an engineering review to ensure compliance with Ontario safety standards as specified in, 

Design registration applications for passenger ropeways and conveyors (ski lifts) as defined in the regulation must be submitted by a Professional Engineer (PEng) on behalf of a registered contractor.

Design Submissions - For New or Altered Devices (O.Reg 209/01 s. 15)

Follow these steps to prepare a Design Submission package for registration by TSSA Engineering.

1. Complete the Application form, transmittal form and the appropriate Specification Sheets from the file below.

Aging Ski Lift Periodic Engineering Review and Assessment

In accordance with Director's Order 224/07-r2 and/or its latest revisions, Passenger ropeway and conveyor (ski lift) owners must conduct periodic reviews of above surface lifts once they reach a certain age or hours of usage according to the  Aging Ski Lifts - Periodic Engineering Review and Assessment Schedule (pdf)  

To request a review and assessment, complete and submit the  Application for Filing of Aging Ski-Lift Periodic Engineering Review and Assessment (pdf)  and include all required supporting documents. 

Other Design Submission Files   

The application for Variance can be found below.

Submit your Design - Prepayment form and Web Portal 

Prepayment form and Web Payment Portal 

All applications and submissions are required to have a prepayment. Assemble the application and design submission package prior to completing the steps below.  

Complete the appropriate Ski Request for Services prepayment form: 

To Submit and Pay by Credit Card:  

Log in to the  TSSA Service Prepayment Portal  and follow the instructions: 

  • Select the applicable Prepayment form number from the dropdown box: SKI-001 or SKI-002 

  • On the Documents Section - Upload the prepayment form 

  • On the Supporting Documents Section - Upload the assembled design submission and any other supporting documents.  

To Submit and Pay by Cheque, Bank Draft, or Money Order: 

  • Mail payment along with a completed prepayment form to: 

    • Attention: Accounts Receivable 

Technical Standards and Safety Authority    
345 Carlingview Drive    
Toronto, Ontario M9W6N9 

  • Send an email to with: 

  • A copy of the completed prepayment form 

  • Proof of payment (photocopy of the cheque, bank draft, or money order) 

  • The assembled design submission and any other supporting documents  

Registration processing and priority requests 

TSSA reviews design registration submissions on a first come, first-served basis.    

When it is necessary to facilitate unforeseen circumstances, TSSA can review submissions on a priority basis. Priority services do not guarantee a specific delivery date, but they do advance the requested submission in the queue for scheduling as the work queue permits.  

Priority service is charged at a premium rate. Refer to the fee schedule for rate details. 

Important notes on Electronic Submissions 

In order to submit your technical dossier electronically, all the documents that form part of the package must be readily viewable in Adobe Acrobat Reader (.pdf).   

Send completed electronic submissions via the   TSSA Prepayment Portal  

For documents with large file sizes, contact and provide your Reference Number and Prepayment Receipt.


A variance from regulations and adopted safety standards may be reviewed for consideration, but it is not guaranteed to be granted,

Variances allow designers flexibility to use designs that do not strictly comply with current regulations but include other methods to ensure equivalent elevating device safety.

Service fees to evaluate variances are charged at an hourly rate.