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