Acts and regulations: Environment and Climate Change Canada
What are we doing?
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) administers acts and regulations, and implements government-wide regulatory initiatives.
Note: A new online commenting feature is available for all stakeholders wishing to send comments on proposed regulations published in the Canada Gazette.
Planned or anticipated changes to regulations (Forward Regulatory Plan, Regulatory Stock Review Plan, Targeted Regulatory Review Roadmaps)
The Forward Regulatory Plan lists ECCC’s planned or anticipated federal regulatory changes over 24 months.
The Regulatory Stock Review Plan is a review of ECCC's entire regulatory stock over a set period of time. It includes:
- regulations to be reviewed, prioritized in a way that makes sense to the regulator and stakeholders
- a time frame for the review(s)
ECCC participated in the Government of Canada’s 2019-2021 Targeted Regulatory Reviews (Round 2) to identify and address regulatory barriers to economic growth and innovation. These reviews resulted in Roadmaps on the following three themes:
Updates on progress in implementing these roadmaps were released:
- latest updates on Digitalization and Technology-Neutral Regulations Roadmap and initiatives
- latest updates on Clean Technology Roadmap and Initiatives
- latest updates on the International Standards Roadmap and initiatives
Additional information on updates can be found on the Treasury Board Secretariat Regulatory Reviews webpage.
Timeliness service standards and performance information
Environment and Climate Change Canada publishes timeliness service standards and performance information for its services, including services for regulated parties to obtain regulatory authorization such as a permit or license to engage in a regulated activity.
How guidance on regulatory requirements is provided (Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements)
Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements:
- outlines the commitments, practices and tools that Environment and Climate Change Canada applies when providing Canadians and businesses with information and guidance on regulatory obligations to be met
- identifies the conditions under which written responses to questions will be provided
View the department’s Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements.
Number of administrative burden requirements in regulations (Administrative Burden Baseline initiative)
The Administrative Burden Baseline initiative requires departments and agencies to:
- establish a baseline count of federal regulatory requirements that impose administrative burden on business
- annually update and report publicly on the count of baseline requirements
View the number of administrative burden requirements in regulations administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Other regulatory information
- Permits issued by the department for a variety of commercial, industrial and recreational activities
- Canadian Environmental Protection Act Registry: Current information related to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
- Species at Risk Public Registry: Current information related to the Species at Risk Act
- Environmental Agreements: list of agreements with other levels of government, or international partners
- Policy on Scientific Integrity: upholds integrity in applying science and designing, conducting, reviewing, and using research
- Offshore oil and gas scientific research authorizations issued for in-field scientific research projects related to environmental emergencies
All of the Government of Canada’s acts and regulations can be found on the Justice Laws website.
For more information on the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for government-wide regulatory initiatives:
To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit:
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