Forward Regulatory Plan

Employment and Social Development's (ESDC) Forward Regulatory Plan for 2019 to 2021

  • is a publicly available list, with descriptions, of planned or anticipated regulatory changes (regulatory initiatives) that ESDC intends to propose or finalize within a 2-year period
  • may include regulatory initiatives that are planned to come forward over a longer time frame and that are indicated as long-term

Some of the initiatives in this plan may be associated with ESDC’s multi-year plan to review its existing regulations. (ESDC Regulatory Stock Review 2019 to 2020)

Forward Regulatory Plans are intended to help Canadians, including businesses, Indigenous peoples and trading partners, plan for:

  • opportunities to provide their feedback during regulatory development
  • future regulatory changes

The Forward Regulatory Plan briefly describes each regulatory initiative and includes information such as:

  • who may be affected by a regulatory initiative
  • regulatory cooperation efforts undertaken or planned
  • opportunities for public consultation
  • links to related information or analysis
  • ESDC's contact information

The Forward Regulatory Plan will be updated over time to reflect, for example:

  • progress in regulatory development
  • changes to ESDC's regulatory priorities or its operating environment

Employment and Social Development Canada Forward Regulatory Plan 2018 to 2020

Employment and Social Development Canada Forward Regulatory Plan 2017 to 2019

Employment and Social Development Canada Forward Regulatory Plan 2016 to 2018

For a list of acts and regulations administered by ESDC and further information on ESDC's implementation of government-wide regulatory initiatives, consult ESDC's acts and regulations web page.

Consult the following for links to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for information on government-wide regulatory initiatives implemented by departments across the Government of Canada:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit:

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