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News Release - Manitoba

August 24, 2016


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Elevator and Lift Regulations Reviewed, Public Input Requested

The Manitoba government is moving forward with changes to improve public safety and streamline the Technical Safety Act, starting with the release of a discussion paper on the regulations governing elevators and lift operations, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen, minister responsible for the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) announced today.

“We continue to work towards streamlining and improving the inspection process so the public is assured of their safety and businesses don’t face unnecessary challenges or delays,” Cullen said.  “We are striving to ensure safety while reducing duplication and encouraging businesses growth.”

The Technical Safety Act replaces legislation governing six separate types of equipment, including elevators, amusement rides, gas and oil burning equipment, electrical equipment, boilers and pressure vessels.  New regulations are being developed for each type of equipment, starting with elevators and lift operations.

The new regulations are designed to:
• ensure the safety of anyone using elevators and elevating devices;
• limit unnecessary red tape and administrative burden on the elevator industry, building owners and the public;
• ensure anyone working on elevators and elevating devices has a comprehensive elevator mechanic’s license; and
• ensure any fees related to elevator permits or inspections reflect the actual costs associated with the services provided.

The minister noted a committee of industry and labour representatives has been consulted about the overall changes and the province is now seeking input from the public as it moves forward with the work of updating and improving the regulations that accompany the legislation.

The full discussion paper is available on the OFC’s website at

Written submissions can be sent by email to with “Technical Safety Review” in the subject line, or by regular mail to Technical Safety Review, Office of the Fire Commissioner, 508 - 401 York Ave., Winnipeg  R3C 0P8.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 1.

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