Frequently Asked Questions
- BACKGROUND INFORMATION
- WORKING WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY SYSTEM
- FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
Who is Technical Safety BC?
Technical Safety BC is an independent, self-funded organization mandated by the Province to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, we work with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.
When was Technical Safety BC created?
We were created in 2004 as a result of an extensive safety systems review process conducted by the Province of British Columbia between 1995 and 1997. The process concluded that safety services could be delivered more efficiently by a non-government body under appropriate legislation, guidelines and supervision.
Is Technical Safety BC a government agency?
No. We are an independent, self-funded organization created under the Safety Authority Act by the Province of British Columbia in 2004. We are authorized to administer the Safety Standards Act and parts of the Railway Safety Act.
What provides Technical Safety BC with its authority?
Under the Safety Standards Act and the Railway Safety Act, Technical Safety BC has been delegated responsibility for the administration of parts of both Acts. The Authority has also entered into two Administrative Agreements with the Province of British Columbia, which define the terms and conditions of the delegation. The Province retains responsibility for policy direction and approval of regulations.
Does Technical Safety BC work with industry to improve the public safety system?
Yes, through our consultation program, we work with technology advisory committees representing the industry sectors we oversee. These committees, supported by issue-specific subcommittees, are made up of highly qualified representatives who meet regularly to discuss emerging regulatory, policy, technical and service delivery issues. We also collaborate with the Safety Standards Administrators Group which represents the 10 local governments that administer the Electrical Safety Regulation and a portion of the Gas Safety Regulation. Lastly, we consult directly with clients and stakeholders on specific issues. Learn more in our Stakeholder Engagement section.
What action can you take if someone does not comply with safety regulations?
We can use enforcement actions as set out in legislation. These include the following:
- Revocation or suspension of a contractor’s licence
- Revocation or suspension of a certificate of qualification
- Imposition of a monetary penalty
- Issuance of a compliance order
Learn more in our Compliance & Enforcement section.
Is Technical Safety BC financially self-sustaining?
Yes. Public safety requires sound financial management. We are required by law to be financially independent and self-sustaining. The fees we charge our clients must cover the actual costs of providing essential safety services. In addition, we currently maintain a 10% reserve of our annual expenses. Learn more in our Annual Report.
How does Technical Safety BC generate revenue?
Revenue is generated from fees charged for installation and operating permits, licensing, certification, equipment approval and design registration. We evaluate our fees through a formalized public consultation process with the industry sectors we oversee. Learn more about how we set our fees.