ESDC Acts and Regulations

From: Employment and Social Development Canada


An act is a means by which laws are made. Generally, acts begin in draft form ("bills") and can originate either in the House of Commons or in the Senate. For a bill to become law, it must be approved by the House of Commons, the Senate and the Governor General of Canada.


Regulations are the rules used to carry out the intent of statutes (acts) enacted by the Parliament of Canada. They are instruments of legislative power and have the force of law. Regulations also contain more specific guidelines than acts. These can include definitions, licensing requirements, performance specifications, exemptions, forms and other details.

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Forward Regulatory Plans

A forward regulatory plan is a public list or description of anticipated regulatory changes or actions that a department intends to bring forward or undertake in a specified time frame.

Interpretation Policy

Administrative Burden Baseline

The Administrative Burden Baseline gives Canadians a total number of requirements in federal regulations and associated forms that impose an administrative burden on business.

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