TSSA Code Updates

Revised Fuel Oil CAD Amendment: FS 202-12 (effective January 1, 2013)

TSSA has issued an amendment to the Ontario Installation Code for Oil Burning Equipment, CSA-B139ON-2006. 

The amendment includes:

• New requirements that all aboveground tanks, both indoors and outdoors, shall be installed with double bottoms, double wall or secondary containment.  TSSA approved  protection requires, a double bottom that must have protection around both ends of the tank and the leak detection between the double bottom must be located above the highest level of the tank.

• New requirements for leak detection of underground tanks and maintaining leak detection systems.

• Adoption of new and updated standards for equipment.

The amendment is effective January 1, 2013 and can be downloaded here.

TSSA Fee Review 2013  (effective May 1, 2013)
The Technical Standards and Safety Authority has announced revised fee schedules coming into effect for the fuel oil sector. TSSA explains the increase as a result of extensive consultations with industry through sector advisory councils and fee review subcommittees.

On its website TSSA states that it must introduce new fees that reflect the true costs of providing public safety services. TSSA also states that it invests in safety initiatives to increase public safety, such as enhancements to the information system, further ensuring data integrity, advancements with risk-informed decision-making, research into user behaviour modification and increased operational staff in all program areas.

The Liquid Fuels Fee Schedule, which is effective May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2016, can be downloaded here.

TSSA Code Clarifications, Nov. 2010

By Jim Wood, Co-Chair TSSA/Regulations Committee

This information refers to the Ontario installation code for oil-burning equipment (based on B139, with Ontario Amendments) 1st Edition/2006.

With the help of Raphael Sumabat, Engineer Specialist of TSSA, we have received clarification on a couple of code interpretations that have been the subject of confusion and incorrect code enforcement for inspectors, distributors and contractors. If you have any questions on regarding the following information please contact Jim Wood, McKeown & Wood Fuels, at jwood@mckeownandwood.com.


A metal chimney liner, when installed shall provide a continuous lining from the base inside the space where the appliance is located to the top of the masonry chimney flue, and shall include a capped access opening at the bottom or base of the flue. Such installations shall comply with the requirements of ULC S635 and shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions

It has been unclear if installing a stainless steel chimney liner in a prefabricated stainless steel chimney complies with the code as the clause only describes a masonry flue. Mr. Sumabat has stated that provided the chimney and liner are both approved for use with the oil appliance they are serving, it is acceptable.

Clause 13.2.1

The owner of the oil-burning equipment shall ensure that it is maintained in accordance with Clauses 13.2 to 13.5 at least once a year.

Fuel distributors have had TSSA orders written against them for failing to ensure that annual maintenance is carried out at locations where they deliver fuel. In response to this Mr. Sumabat has issued the following;

Annual maintenance is the responsibility of the owner/operator of the appliance. Distributors are not required to inspect appliances annually for maintenance activities that are required to be undertaken by the owner/operator. However if a distributor becomes aware of an unacceptable condition he/she must take the appropriate action. TSSA Inspector Instructions requiring the distributor to annually inspect a facility for maintenance will be rescinded.


TSSA has also informed us there has been a rise in fuel oil leaks resulting from old fuel filters. Oil filters have been found on installations that are many years old and eventually corrode through the canister and release product. Below is a picture of a filter found recently that is at least 15years old.

Distributors and contractors are advised during inspections to ensure that oil filters are in good repair and replaced on a regular basis.