Regulatory Changes for Elevators in Ontario

Elevator owners in Ontario will have to comply with new regulations set to take effect on January 1, 2009.

Landlords and other members of the public in Ontario now have access to new elevating devices regulations being put forward by the provincial government and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority.

The TSSA is responsible for regulating the safety of more than 43,000 elevating devices in Ontario. They include elevators, escalators, moving walks, lifts for persons with physical disabilities, passenger ropeways and construction hoists and ski lifts

The new regulations can be viewed online at or at (where the official version is housed). The new Elevating Devices Regulations will become active and legally-binding on January 1, 2009.

The changes will affect Ontario Regulation 209/01 (Elevating Devices) and Ontario Regulation 222/01 (Certification and Training of Elevating Devices Mechanics). In order to publicize the new regulations the TSSA will disseminate information to relevant industry stakeholders. The communication strategy is aimed at ensuring greater awareness and compliance of the revised regulations as amended under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000.

As part of its communication strategy, TSSA will utilize its existing Customer Contact Centre, online communications, and targeted trade publications. The TSSA will also seek assistance from its advisory councils.

As unique representatives of the elevating device industry, each council member will be asked to communicate a summary of the regulatory changes to respective industry colleagues and groups

Upon receipt of the revised regulation from Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, TSSA will post it on its corporate site – – and send e-notifications to all subscribers within three days. Additional targeted communications to respective stakeholders will occur thereafter – spanned over several months.

The changes include a number of new requirements that affect owners, minor alterations, incident reporting, and definitions for new devices. If you have questions, contact the TSSA’s Customer Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-682-8772.

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