Understanding Scale Certification in Calgary

When you go to the grocery store to buy 100g of ham, you expect to be charged for 100g of ham, not 110g or even 90g. Having strict measurement regulations in place ensures a competitive marketplace that is fair and equitable for both merchants and consumers. That’s why scale certification in Calgary and across Canada is so important.

At Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd., we have been accredited by Measurement Canada as authorized scale inspectors. Under the Weights and Measures Act, we can certify trade devices on behalf of Measurement Canada. This section will explain the basics of scale certification in Calgary, Western Canada, and throughout the country. Fair measurement is something everyone in the modern marketplace should be aware of and take responsibility for.

Regulations for Good Measure

Before Confederation in 1867, each province had its own system of regulating weights and measures. After Confederation, the Government Canada took over as the authority on the issue. The Weights and Measures Act was first passed in 1872, followed by the Gas Inspection Act and the Electric Light Inspection Act, forming the basis of our measurement regulations today.

In 1999, Measurement Canada became a special operating agency under Industry Canada. Based in Ottawa, Measurement Canada is responsible for:
  • Calibrating and certifying measurement standards, including mass, length, volume, temperature, electrical measurements, and more
  • Approving instruments used to weigh and measure, such as gasoline pumps, natural gas meters, and scales
  • Inspecting and approving measurement devices to ensure accuracy and prevent fraudulence
  • Investigating complaints

All Canadians have the responsibility to work towards a fair marketplace. Regulated measurement ensures our economy functions well and with integrity. Therefore, everyone is encouraged to report measurement inaccuracies that could jeopardize this fairness.

We are Authorized Service Providers

As Authorized Service Providers, we have the authority to inspect equipment to ensure its adherence to regulation. After an inspection done by us, Measurement Canada may also follow up with its own inspectors to ensure accuracy. If you find your device inaccurate, contact an Authorized Service Provider like Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd. to calibrate and certify your device. Once your device complies, we will give it a government-issued sticker to certify it.

Businesses that fail to comply with regulations may suffer consequences such as:

  • Lost productivity and income due to withdrawal of equipment from use
  • Lost income caused directly by inaccurate measurements
  • Fines and closures
  • Negative effect on the company’s reputation

To keep your equipment in good standing, we recommend:
  • Using your equipment only for its intended measuring purpose – don’t measure material your device is not designed to measure
  • Protecting your equipment from environmental damage
  • Ensuring the device shows measurements clearly
  • Thoroughly training staff on how to use the equipment properly
  • Only buying and using equipment that has been approved, inspected, and certified – check to see if there is a valid sticker or certification, if not, you can get one from an Authorized Service Provider like us or Measurement Canada

For some regulation highlights that may apply to you and your sector, check out our article on commercial scale regulations. For more information on scale certifications in Calgary and elsewhere in Canada, get in touch with Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd. We are Authorized Service Providers accredited by Measurement Canada and have the knowledge and experience to help.


Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd.

4560 14 St NE

Calgary, Alberta Canada

T2E 6T7

Phone: 403-250-3232

Toll-free: 1-866-250-3232

Email: accwest@telusplanet.net


Monday - Friday 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

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Service Area

Western Canada

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