2015 - 2017 Forward Regulatory Plan

The Labour Program's Forward Regulatory Plan lists regulatory initiatives that are being developed, or that may be developed, between 2015-2017 as a result of the Government of Canada's Red Tape Reduction Action Plan. This Plan will be updated every six months.

The "One for One" Rule will reduce the time and resources needed to comply with regulations. Regulatory changes that increase administrative burden on business will need to be offset with equal reductions in the administrative burden of other existing regulations. In addition, if the introduction of a new regulation adds administrative burden, an existing regulation will need to be taken off the books.

The "Small Business Lens" will require regulators to consider the impacts regulations have on small businesses to ensure that they do not have unintended consequences and that less burdensome measures are considered wherever possible.

These reforms will reduce red tape—a significant barrier to growth—and help secure long-term prosperity by freeing up businesses to focus on growing their enterprise and creating jobs. These reforms will improve the regulatory system and ensure that it continues to be transparent, fair and responsive to the needs of Canadians.

Regulatory initiatives

  • Canadian Forces Employment Equity Regulations
    Description of the objective

    The Canadian Forces Employment Equity Regulations (2002) outline how the purpose of the Act, which is to achieve equality in the workplace for women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and visible minorities, is applied within the Forces in a manner that accommodates its unique characteristics.

    The objective of the Regulations amending the Canadian Forces Employment Equity Regulations (the amendments) is to address a number of issues identified by the SJCSR and Canadian Forces to ensure that the Regulations are relevant to all Reserve Forces members, legally sound, clear, up-to-date and consistent.

    The amendments will address issues identified in the previous Reserve Force definition which excluded up to 60% of Reserve Force members for the purposes of employment equity calculation. This will ensure the unique nature of Reserve services in the Canadian Forces, which endures from enrolment through to release, can be reflected in overall employment equity representation. They will also minimize legal and compliance risk by reducing ambiguity with respect to the handling of Classified/Protected information by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Employment Equity Tribunal and their officers or agents. In addition, the amendments will ensure clarity of language, replace outdated terms and occupational classifications specific to the Forces, and improve consistency of the Regulations.

    Indication of business impacts

    There are no expected business impacts.

    Public consultation opportunities

    Representatives of Canadian Forces groups and other implicated internal stakeholders were consulted throughout 2013 and 2014 by the Canadian Forces on the proposed regulatory amendments and were in agreement with the changes. As the changes are unique to the Canadian Forces, public consultations on the amended regulatory provisions were not required as they are administrative in nature and were undertaken to improve clarity.

    It is anticipated these regulatory amendments will be completed by fall 2015.

    Departmental contact

    Maggie Trudel-Maggiore

    Director General

    Federal Programs Directorate, Labour Program

    819-654-4579

    maggie.trudelmaggiore@labour-travail.gc.ca

  • Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations
    Description of the objective

    The Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations set health and safety standards for employees employed on or in connection with exploration or drilling for, or the production, conservation, processing or transportation of, oil or gas in frontier lands, as defined in the Canada Petroleum Resources Act .

    The objectives of the proposed amendments are to align them with the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (COHSR) and Marine Occupational Health and Safety Regulations , add references to current standards and incorporate them as amended from time to time and modernize work practices in the oil and gas industry.

    The proposed amendments would clarify to whom the regulations apply to avoid overlap with other regulations and would update sections on safety materials, equipment, devices and clothing, sections on safe occupancy of the workplace and sections on fall-protection systems. The most recent standards would be referenced and incorporated as amended from time to time. Fire standards would also be updated to include international standards and incorporate new sections such as on hazard prevention programs and violence prevention in the workplace to align with the COHSR.

    Indication of business impacts

    There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

    Public consultation opportunities

    The consultations are expected to begin in summer 2015 and will be undertaken through industry meetings.

    Stakeholders will also have the opportunity to submit comments following the pre-publication of the proposed amendments in Part I of the Canada Gazette. It is anticipated that pre-publication will occur in 2017.

    Departmental contact

    Brenda Baxter

    Director General

    Workplace Directorate, Labour Program

    819-654-4410

    brenda.baxter@labour-travail.gc.ca

  • Part X - Hazardous Substances of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations - General
    Description of the objective

    Part X of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (COHSR), under Part II of the Canada Labour Code , addresses health and safety requirements for hazardous substances in the workplace.

    The objectives of amending Part X of the COHSR are to update terminology, clarify employer requirements and improve health and safety protection for workers.

    Indication of business impacts

    There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

    Public consultation opportunities

    Federally regulated employers and employees were consulted through the Part X working group. Since February 2009, 18 meetings of the Part X working group have been held. Consultations were completed in Spring 2014. Stakeholders will also have the opportunity to submit comments following pre-publication of the proposed amendments in Part I of the Canada Gazette. It is anticipated that pre-publication will occur in spring 2016.

    Departmental contact

    Brenda Baxter

    Director General

    Workplace Directorate, Labour Program

    819-654-4410

    brenda.baxter@labour-travail.gc.ca

  • Part X - Hazardous Substances of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations - Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
    Description of the objective

    Part X of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (COHSR), under Part II of the Canada Labour Code , addresses health and safety requirements for hazardous substances in the workplace.

    The objective of amending Part X of the COHSR is to update the provisions related to the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System in order to implement the GHS, as per the Government of Canada's commitment under the Regulatory Cooperation Council. Corresponding amendments would be made to the following regulations:

    Indication of business impacts

    There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

    Public consultation opportunities

    Consultations were completed in Spring 2014, following five years of stakeholder meetings to review Part X. The proposed amendments were published in the Canada Gazette - Part I on July 11th 2015. Stakeholders have 30 days to submit comments.

    Departmental contact

    Brenda Baxter

    Director General

    Workplace Directorate, Labour Program

    819-654-4410

    brenda.baxter@labour-travail.gc.ca

  • Part XII - Safety Materials, Equipment, Devices and Clothing of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
    Description of the objective

    Part XII of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (COHSR), under Part II of the Canada Labour Code , prescribes the use of safety materials, equipment, devices and clothing for employees and persons granted access to the workplace. The use of these items is prescribed in cases where it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate or control a health or safety hazard.

    The proposed amendments to Part XII of the COHSR update references to Canadian and international standards, allowing them to reflect current technologies and safety practices required in the workplace. In addition, implementing these changes will provide superior protection for employees using safety materials, equipment, devices and clothing. The proposed amendments bring the technical requirements up to industry standards and make them more consistent with those of other Canadian jurisdictions.

    Indication of business impacts

    There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One Rule” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

    Public consultation opportunities

    Employer and employee stakeholders have participated in approximately 15 working group meetings to discuss the proposed amendments.

    Stakeholders will also have an opportunity to submit comments following the pre-publication of the proposed amendments in Part I of the Canada Gazette. It is anticipated that pre-publication will occur in fall 2015.

    Departmental contact

    Brenda Baxter

    Director General

    Workplace Directorate, Labour Program

    819-654-4410

    brenda.baxter@labour-travail.gc.ca

  • Wage Earner Protection Program Regulations
    Description of the objective

    The Wage Earner Protection Program Regulations are made pursuant to the Wage Earner Protection Program Act (WEPPA).

    On December 15, , Bill C-13, Keeping Canada's Economy and Jobs Growing Act, amended the WEPPA to extend protection to workers who lose their job during an employer's restructuring attempt, which subsequently ends in bankruptcy or receivership.

    The proposed amendments to the Wage Earner Protection Program Regulations are intended to align the Regulations with the amendments to the WEPPA and to address concerns identified by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR).

    To ensure equity in application of the Wage Earner Protection Program, the Labour Program is proposing to amend Section 6 of the Regulations to ensure the deductions are applied in situations where workers lose their jobs due to restructuring. Amendments to address concerns identified by the SJCSR are under consideration, and proposals are being developed, such as providing further clarity and correcting discrepancies and inconsistencies between the French and English versions.

    Indication of business impacts

    There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

    Public consultation opportunities

    Consultations with stakeholders are planned for fall 2015 through the Wage Earner Protection Program’s Joint Liaison Committee. In addition, certain aspects of the proposed regulatory changes were discussed with stakeholders during the five-year review of the WEPPA in the summer of 2014.

    Departmental contact

    Brenda Baxter

    Director General

    Workplace Directorate, Labour Program

    819-654-4410

    brenda.baxter@labour-travail.gc.ca

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