To begin the online survey for the Safety Code Act consultation, please click here. Please copy your concerns by September 8 to firstname.lastname@example.org so that ACA can develop an industry position.
Municipal Affairs and Safety Codes Council recently held information sessions in St. Albert, Calgary, Peace River and Lethbridge to present some of the key concepts being considered in this consultation. To view the presentation, please access the following link:
Safety Codes Act Consultation Information Session presentation
Safety Codes Act Background
The Safety Codes Act (SCA) came into effect, consolidating and replacing several pieces of legislation governing Alberta’s safety codes system for the built environment. The Safety Codes Act regulates and establishes the administration for ten safety disciplines which include,
- Building (including barrier-free design and access)
- Fire protection
- Private Sewage Systems
- Boilers and Pressure Vessels
- Amusement Rides
- Passenger Ropeways (ski lifts)
The Minister of Municipal Affairs is responsible for coordinating and encouraging the safe management and control of any thing regulated under the Act. While the Minister and the Government of Alberta are responsible to establish the policy of the safety system, the SCA enables municipalities and other organizations to administer the work regulated by the SCA.
Through the process of accreditation, municipalities, regional service commissions and corporations may be designated the authority to administer the SCA, including issuing permits and inspecting all work performed within their jurisdictions. The SCA holds owners, designers, contractors, manufacturers, vendors, professionals and other persons responsible for compliance with the Act. This includes all regulations, codes, standards or body of rules declared in force under the SCA.
The SCA also established the Safety Codes Council (SCC), which is responsible for overseeing many aspects of administration and services of the safety codes system. This includes:
- Training and certification of safety codes officers;
- Authorizing municipalities, regional service commissions and corporations to administer the SCA or agencies to provide services;
- Hearing appeals;
- Making safety recommendations to the Minister such as the recommendation to adopt by regulation safety codes and standards.
It is anticipated that Municipal Affairs will bring forward the amending legislation in the Legislature during the spring 2015 session.
Feedback from the 2009 Safety Codes Act stakeholder consultation strongly supported increases to the maximum fines for offences under the SCA and the addition of a three-year limitation period for offences under the Act. These changes were implemented as part of the Protection and Compliance Statutes Amendment Act, 2012.
This survey is part of the Safety Codes Act 2014 Stakeholder Consultation, which will build on the information provided to the ministry in 2009. Topics covered in this survey are:
- Municipal responsibility for administering the SCA;
- Municipal authority to manage risks using prescribed solutions;
- Safety Codes Council permitting and permit-related inspections function;
- Monetary penalties;
- Appeal process for variance refusals.
The consultation will be open from July 28th – September 8th, 2014.
The survey consists of 13 questions and comment boxes, as well as a respondent profile. A glossary of terms has been provided for your background.
Once you start the survey you may save your progress at any time.
If you cannot complete the survey in one session, an email link will be automatically sent to you to resume your session. Please ensure to return and complete the survey as only completed surveys will be included in the final results.
After completing the survey, you must click on the “Finish” button for your feedback and input to be included in the consultation results.
Once you submit your feedback and input, you will not be able to open the survey again. Thank you and we look forward to your feedback and comments.
Please note that the consultation will close for comment on September 8, 2014.
Participate by completing the online survey – Link to survey.