Forward Regulatory Plan: 2019 to 2021

This Forward Regulatory Plan provides information on regulatory initiatives that Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) aims to propose or finalize in the next 2 years through:

  • pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I
  • final publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II

The Forward Regulatory Plan may also include regulatory initiatives that are planned to come forward over a longer time frame. Comments or enquiries can be made using the ESDC contact information included with each regulatory initiative.

Regulatory Initiatives

Regulatory initiatives planned or anticipated to be proposed or finalized between 2019 and 2021.

Regulations amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations – Strengthening worker protections

Regulations amending the Apprentice Loans Regulations (Eligible trades)

Consult ESDC’s acts and regulations web page for:

  • a list of acts and regulations administered by ESDC
  • further information on ESDC’s implementation of government-wide regulatory management initiatives

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 and agencies across the Government of Canada:

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

Regulations amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations – Strengthening worker protections

Enabling act

Financial Administration Act; Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

Description

The objective of these amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations is to make further enhancements to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and International Mobility Program employer compliance regimes, including new employer conditions on employers, to strengthen protections for foreign workers.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

These amendments do not involve regulatory cooperation efforts. The sections of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations to which these amendments apply do not involve either international or domestic regulatory cooperation.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and/or the small business lens may apply. These amendments consist largely of obligations that are already in policy. Therefore, there could be some incremental compliance or administrative costs to small business but they will be of minimal impact relative to current requirements.

Consultations

The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) delivered its report, Temporary Foreign Worker Program – Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, on June 15, 2016.

Between mid-August 2017 and the end of June 2018, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program consulted with various stakeholders, including migrant worker support organizations, non-government organizations, consulate liaison officers, temporary foreign workers, provincial and territorial governments, and employers, to identify improvements to worker protections. Several more rounds of consultations are expected to occur throughout 2019.

Additionally, further consultation will be sought through publication in Canada Gazette, Part I. Target for pre-publication is May 2019.

Further Information

The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) provided an analysis of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the need for strengthened worker protections and an improved compliance regime in its report (Temporary Foreign Worker Program – Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities), which was published on June 15, 2016.

Departmental Contact Information

Joël Lépine
A/Director, Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Skills and Employment Branch
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-654-3561
joel.lepine@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

October 1, 2017

Consult ESDC’s acts and regulations web page for:

  • a list of acts and regulations administered by ESDC
  • further information on ESDC’s implementation of government-wide regulatory management initiatives

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 and agencies across the Government of Canada:

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

Regulations amending the Apprentice Loans Regulations (Eligible trades)

Enabling act

Apprentice Loans Act

Description

Updates to Schedule 1 of the Apprentice Loans Regulations are required to reflect the latest changes to the Red Seal trades made by The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

These amendments do not involve regulatory cooperation efforts. This proposal is not related to any commitment under a formal regulatory domestic or international cooperation forum.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There are no expected impacts.

Consultations

Amendments made to Schedule 1 to the Apprentice Loans Regulations are administrative requirements and represent no change in policy. No pre-publication is required and there are no further opportunities for comment. The Apprentice Loans Regulations are set to come into force upon registration with publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II to follow.

Further information

Further information on Canada Apprentice Loan is available at Canada.ca

Departmental Contact Information

Milena Gulia

Director, Canada Student Loans Program

Learning Branch

Employment and Social Development Canada
819-654- 3670
milena.gulia@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

October 1, 2016

Consult ESDC’s acts and regulations web page for:

  • a list of acts and regulations administered by ESDC
  • further information on ESDC’s implementation of government-wide regulatory management initiatives

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 and agencies across the Government of Canada:

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

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