Increased use of international standards and the mutual recognition of conformity assessment between Canada and its trading partners helps inspire confidence in products and services that we import from other countries. When Canada harmonizes its requirements with those of other countries:
- it helps Canadian buyers ensure they are purchasing quality goods and services
- it reduces technical barriers to trade, allowing foreign suppliers to keep their prices low
This allows Canadian businesses and Canadian consumers to obtain quality at a good price. Whether the imported goods are being consumed by Canadians or used as inputs in manufacturing of Canadian goods, having access to imports that meet standards benefits our economy.
SCC and international standardization activities
The Standards Council of Canada coordinates Canadian participation in international standardization activities. By helping to shape the world-wide standards landscape, SCC makes it easier for Canadian importers to source products and services that meet their needs at a competitive price.
The Standards Council of Canada represents Canada’s interests globally as a member of two organizations that develop voluntary international standards:
- The International Organization for Standardization, and
- The International Electrotechnical Commission
SCC’s membership in these organizations and other regional bodies helps Canada stay connected with the international standards development community.