With standardization accounting for up to 17% of Canada’s GDP growth, the standardization system has a massive role in securing the success of pandemic recovery efforts and sustaining Canadian leadership on the international stage.
SCC is developing a National Standards Strategy (NSS) that will ensure the Canadian standards system proactively responds to the needs of industry, government and consumers. Its goal is to identify the priorities and sectors the Canadian standards system should focus on in the coming years.
The Strategy will lay out the necessary principles for the development of national or international standards to meet societal and market needs. It will also outline a strategic vision for implementing these principles nationally and internationally. An International Standards Development Roadmap to be developed as part of the strategy will identify the key priorities at the international level to advance Canda's interests on the world stage. Such discussions will address Canada’s position domestically, within North America, and internationally.
The National Standards Advisory Committee will provide insight at key moments of the Strategy’s development. It is made up of a diverse group of stakeholders from industry, government, standards development organisations, civil society and academia. This committee, supported by SCC staff, will help produce the NSS over the next 10 months. SCC will reach out to Canadians for a public consultation to ensure the Strategy is reflective of the needs of Canadians. The consultation, currently in design, will launch virtually in the fall.
Why a National Standards Strategy?
The NSS will set the future direction of Canada’s standards system and enhance the country’s position as a standardization leader at international levels. The Strategy advances SCC’s Corporate Plan and our efforts to ensure all Canadians can reap the full benefits of standardization.
Effective implementation of the strategy will ensure:
- Canada’s success in the international marketplace in the years ahead.
- The standards system is intentionally diverse, flexible and inclusive enough to meet the market needs of all consumers, including under-represented groups.
- Canadian businesses enhance domestic supply chains by facilitating access and understanding to standards.
What are standards?
Standards are agreed-upon rules or guidelines to establish accepted practices, terminologies and technical requirements in different fields. They are not the same as laws, regulations or codes, though they are often referenced in those legal instruments. They are used in a range of sectors and cover a range of activities – from making a product, to managing a process, to delivering a service or supplying materials. They are like a formula that prescribes the best way of doing something.
How can I get involved?
Participating in standards development allows experts to shape the standards that impact them. Find opportunities to get involved in standardization activities.