Interpretation Policies

As indicated in the Red Tape Reduction Commission's Recommendations Report: Cutting Red Tape…Freeing Business to Grow, all departments and agencies should have a published policy setting out how they interpret their regulatory requirements. Federal regulators will now publish interpretation policies as part of the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan report.

Why are interpretation policies important?

Interpretation policies are important because they will provide clarity on how regulators interpret regulations, including when regulators will provide answers to questions from stakeholders in writing about requirements to be met.

How do interpretation policies change current practices?

Currently, it can be difficult to find guidance on how to interpret regulations on organizational websites. Interpretation policies will bring transparency and predictability to the regulatory process by providing business with information on how they are to meet their regulatory requirements.

How will success be measured?

To demonstrate results to business and to Canadians, an Annual Scorecard Report is published on the systemic regulatory reforms the government is putting in place, particularly on the implementation of the "One-for-One" Rule, the small business lens, and service standards for high volume regulatory authorizations.

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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