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Evolution of TSSA and the DAA Model

Below, chronological events marking the evolution of TSSA as a Delegated Administrative Authority for the Ontario Government:

The Evolution of TSSA
January 1996Ministry includes Technical Standards Division (TSD) divestment option in Business Plan
February 1996Policy and Priorities Board/Cabinet approves MCCR Business Plan, subject to further review of the TSD Divestment option
May 1996Cabinet approves the delegation of all current TSD operational functions to a self-governing and self-financing non-profit corporation
May 16, 1996First Reading of Bill 54 Safety and Consumer Statutes Administration Act, 1996 (SCSAA)
June 4, 1996First meeting of the Industry Working Group (IWG) representing industry stakeholders (commences bi-weekly meetings)
June 18,1996SCSAA Second Reading
June 24/25,1996SCSAA Committee Hearings
June 27, 1996SCSAA Third Reading and Royal Assent
August 30, 1996Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) incorporated under the Ontario Corporations Act
October 17, 1996First meeting of the Board of Directors, TSSA (commences monthly meetings/IWG meetings revised to an as required basis)
January 13,1997Signing of the Administrative Agreement between MCCR and TSSA
April 1997TSD staff receive employment offers from TSSA
May 5, 1997TSSA assumes delegated authority

The Model

A Delegated Administrative Authority (DAA) is a not-for-profit corporation which receives no government funding, being funded fully by the industries which it regulates. This corporation is given the authority to enforce safety legislation within certain industries. The corporation operates independently of the government, yet is directly accountable to a Ministry. It is operated openly and transparently, governed by a Board with representatives from government, industry and independents.

An Alternative That Provides Real Benefits
Delegated Authorities offer peace of mind to government decision-makers seeking to be fiscally responsible without compromising the important mandate of public safety:

  • Due diligence: We fulfill the government's regulatory obligations under safety legislation.
  • Self-sufficiency: We receive no funding from government, covering our operational costs through industry service fees.
  • Excellent technical expertise: We have hundreds of highly trained staff, many who provide continuity, having worked for the government.
  • Flexible and responsive: We are able to effectively "staff-up", add resources and reallocate existing resources as needed.
  • Quick implementation: With less red tape, we are able to effect instrumental changes more quickly within industry.
  • Transparency and accountability: We operate openly, so you can see exactly where money is going and the results. We have an unwavering commitment to good corporate governance.
  • Not for profit: As not-for-profit organizations, we are not allowed to generate significant surplus revenues. Any excess revenues are reinvested back into the safety systems of the industries we regulate.
  • Client-focused and responsive: We take a partnership approach to working with industry so we can better understand and meet our client needs.
  • Proactive, Risk-based approach: We work to improve safety outcomes through a better understanding of the root causes of incidents.
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