Release of Canadian Standards Strategy 2009-2012 Signals Importance of Standardization Infrastructure to Canada



    OTTAWA, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of
Industry, and Standards Council of Canada (SCC) Chairman Hugh Krentz announced
today the release of the Canadian Standards Strategy (CSS) for 2009-2012.
First published in 2000, the CSS provides strategic direction to the SCC, the
National Standards System and the Canadian standardization community as a
whole.
    The strategy incorporates contributions from over 200 stakeholders of
Canada's National Standards System (NSS). Its four overarching goals are: to
promote trade and consumer safety; to ensure that the NSS is continually
evolving to meet changing demands; to expand understanding, recognition and
use of the NSS; and to identify and address emerging national issues where
standards and accreditation solutions can be applied.
    "This is a unique opportunity to advance Canada's national and
international leadership," said Minister Clement. "In uncertain global
economic times, the importance of standards to government, industry and
individuals is magnified. From improving the national and international flow
of goods and services to helping enhance and protect the lifestyle, safety and
well-being of Canadians, standards become even more pivotal to our
competitiveness, innovation and growth."
    "Today, standards are not only the "trust factor" that underpins product
safety; they are the "credibility anchor" of our domestic, regional and
international trading systems," said Mr. Krentz. "SCC, in cooperation with all
levels of government, industry, consumer and non-governmental organizations,
will be guided by the vision and goals of this strategy and work together with
our partners to build an enhanced standardization infrastructure in Canada."

    The Standards Council of Canada is a Crown corporation with the mandate
to promote efficient and effective standardization in Canada. As coordinator
of Canada's National Standards System, SCC oversees the efforts of those
organizations and individuals involved in standards-related development and
implementation activities, both at home and abroad. For more information,
visit www.scc.ca, or contact the Standards Council by email at info@scc.ca.

    
                                 BACKGROUNDER

                    Canadian Standards Strategy 2009-2012

    The Canadian Standards Strategy provides direction and leadership on how
to best use standards and conformity assessment to advance the social and
economic well-being of Canadians in a global economy. A key priority is
balancing health, safety and environmental concerns with trade, innovation and
economic competitiveness.
    One of the key responsibilities of the Standards Council of Canada, as
coordinator of the National Standards System, is to coordinate the periodic
renewal of the Canadian Standards Strategy through a meaningful consultation
process with stakeholders and partners.
    The National Standards System is the network of organizations and
individuals involved in voluntary standards development, promotion and
implementation in Canada. It has helped to ensure the safety and performance
of products and services for more than 25 years. It has also helped to open
the global marketplace to Canadians, and made Canada a leader in international
standardization.
    The original Canadian Standards Strategy was commissioned by the Minister
of Industry in 2000, and developed by a stakeholders' advisory council,
including representatives from industry; federal, provincial and territorial
governments; non-governmental organizations; standards and conformity
assessment bodies; led by the Standards Council of Canada.
    Since its launch, the Canadian Standards Strategy has become the guiding
framework for the work of the Standards Council of Canada and Canada's
National Standards System.
    The Canadian Standards Strategy reflects consensus among stakeholders on
those core issues that are integral to the maintenance and quality of the
National Standards System. It provides also an overarching framework for
cooperation between those who develop Canada's standards and conformity
assessment programs, and those who use them.
    The latest update of the Canadian Standards Strategy includes
contributions from 176 stakeholders of Canada's National Standards System. New
and innovative solutions were identified to provide Canadians with standards,
accreditation and conformity assessment systems that are effective, efficient
and responsive. The Canadian Standards Strategy 2009-2012 translates this
vision into specific goals that stakeholders agree will help Canada's National
Standards System achieve its goals.
    The four overarching goals of the Canadian Standards Strategy 2009-2012
are: to promote trade and consumer safety; to ensure that the National
Standards System is continually evolving to meet changing demands; to expand
understanding, recognition and use of the National Standards System; and to
identify and address emerging national issues where standards and
accreditation solutions can be applied.

    As coordinator of Canada's National Standards System, the Standards
Council of Canada, in cooperation with all levels of government, industry,
consumer and non-governmental organizations, will be guided by the vision and
goals of this strategy and will work together with our partners to build an
enhanced standardization infrastructure in Canada.

    Follow the progress of the Canadian Standards Strategy 2009-2012 at
www.scc.ca.
    




For further information:

For further information: Lucille Hodgins, Acting Manager, Communications
Standards Council of Canada, (613) 238-3222 ext 405, Cel: (613) 698-7030, Fax:
(613) 569-7808, lhodgins@scc.ca; Pema Lhalungpa, Press Secretary, Office of
the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, (613) 995-9001; Media
Relations, Industry Canada, (613) 943-2502


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