The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has launched an effort to ensure that Canadian standards development efforts continue to focus on areas of strategic importance while helping to keep the country economically competitive on the global stage.
According to a recent press release, the SCC’s National Standards Strategy (NSS) is intended to help the SCC and its stakeholders ensure that efforts to improve Canada’s system of standardization are strategic, focused, and deliberate. The Strategy is also expected to help clarify Canada’s standardization priorities in the international standards-setting process.
The National Standards Advisory Committee will spearhead the NSS consultation effort and is comprised of representatives from the SCC and other standards development organizations, government, and industry. The development of the NSS is scheduled to commence in the Fall and is expected to take about 10 months to complete. The process will also include opportunities for public input to ensure transparency in the deliberative process and that the final product reflects a wide range of perspectives.
According to Chantal Guay, CEO of the SCC, the NSS “will create unparalleled opportunities to boost Canada’s economic competitiveness, drive innovation, and enhance health and safety across sectors.”