Regulation - LGIC

Operating Engineers Regulatory Review

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 219/01
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000
Summary of Proposal:
Ontario's Operating Engineers (OE) regulation (O. Reg. 219/01) under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 ("Act"), applies to the management, operation and maintenance of registered plants and the training, examination, and certification of operating engineers and operators.

Operating engineers are professional power plant managers and operators who oversee the provision of energy, climate control, electric power or other utilities for thermal-electric generating stations, industrial processes and facilities. They manage, operate and maintain boilers, steam turbines and engines, gas compression plants, refrigeration plants, and associated mechanical and electrical systems in power generation, industrial processes and environmental system plants.

In November 2016, MGCS, in collaboration with the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, established a 15-member panel of OE industry stakeholders with experience related to the operating engineer field. The purpose of the consultation was for the panel to make recommendations to government that would assist in addressing challenges associated with the OE regulation. The panel met on seven occasions between November 2016 and February 2017 to discuss seven key topics:

1. Reducing undue burden on business
2. Encouraging innovation
3. Improving regulatory clarity
4. Improving regulatory compliance
5. Addressing inadequate labour supply
6. Modernizing the operating engineer certification system
7. Improving public knowledge of the operating engineer profession

By the end of the consultations the panel developed 25 recommendations and reached consensus on 23 of the recommendations to maintain high-levels of public safety, while reducing undue burden on business. The OE panel report (see attached), was finalized in June 2017 and represents the culmination of the panel's recommendations to government, TSSA and industry.
The Operating Engineers Regulatory Review, found under the "Further Information" section, explains and sets out the OE Panel's recommendations in detail.

How You Can Help

The ministry welcomes feedback and encourages anyone interested to provide comments on the report's findings and recommendations by email or mail. To view the OE expert panel report and the public consultation feedback form, please click the links under "Further Information".

You may submit your comments and ideas:

• to the Regulatory Registry;
• by emailing them to: with "Operating Engineers Regulation Consultation" in the subject line; or
• by mailing them to: Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Consumer Policy and Liaison Branch, 56 Wellesley Street West, 6th Floor, Toronto, ON M7A 1C1

You may submit them directly or use the feedback form provided.

Thank you for taking the time to review these proposals. We look forward to your response.

Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
August 8, 2017
Comments Due Date:
September 26, 2017
Contact Address:
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Public Safety Branch, 56 Wellesley Street West, 6th Floor Toronto, ON M7A 1C1