Measurement Canada (French: Mesures Canada) is a special operating agency of the Government of Canada's Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio, in the Small Business, Tourism and Marketplace Services sector.[1] The agency's mandate is to ensure the integrity and accuracy of trade measurement in Canada, through enforcement and administration of federal acts and regulations.[1]

Measurement Canada
Mesures Canada
Agency overview
FormedAugust 6, 1996
JurisdictionGovernment of Canada
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario, Canada
MottoFair Measure for All
Employees278 (2015-16)
Annual budgetC$ 27 m (2015-16)
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Diane Allan, President
Parent departmentInnovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Measurement Canada approves, inspects, and certifies measurement instruments, and investigates and resolves complaints regarding inaccurate measurement.[1] In 2015–16, Measurement Canada issued 23,000 measurement standards certificates, performed over 4,000 oversight activities on the inspections done by Authorized Service Providers and approximately 15,000 marketplace monitoring inspections, as well as investigated over 1,400 complaints. For 2016, the compliance rate for accuracy of the measuring devices subject to mandatory inspection frequencies was 93%.[1]



Legislation Measurement Canada is responsible for administering and enforcing include:

  • Weights and Measures Act
  • Electricity and Gas Inspection Act

As well as the Fairness at the Pumps Act, which was passed in 2011, amending the above acts, putting in place a mandatory inspection regime at gas pumps, and raising monetary penalties for non-compliance.[4]



Measurement Canada provides services in five core areas:

  1. Calibration of Measurement Standards
  2. Approval of Measuring Instruments
  3. Inspection, Certification and Enforcement
  4. Dispute and Complaint Investigation
  5. Oversight of Authorized Service Providers

Measurement Canada is divided into five directorates, three regional offices and 16 offices located across Canada, and its headquarters and laboratory test facilities are located in Ottawa.

Measurement Canada uses Authorized Service Providers to assist it in fulfilling its mandate.

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e "Audit of Measurement Canada Final Audit Report - Audits and evaluations". Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  2. ^ "Senior officials and sectors - Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada". 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  3. ^ "Fair measure for all". Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  4. ^ McGregor, Glen (2015-05-14). "Four years later, not a penny of fines under gas-pumps law". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2019-02-27.