Acts and Regulations

The Impact Assessment Act (IAA) and its regulations establish the legislative basis for the federal impact assessment process.

Regulations define the types of projects subject to IAA that may require an impact assessment, the information to be provided in project descriptions, Agency deliverables provided to proponents, circumstances of when the Minister may suspend the legislated timelines, and what costs can be recovered from proponents.

Government-wide regulatory initiatives

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is responsible for implementing government-wide regulatory initiatives:

Planned or anticipated changes to regulations (Forward Regulatory Plan)

The Agency publishes a public list with descriptions of planned or anticipated federal regulatory changes that the Agency intends to bring forward over a 24-month period (Forward Regulatory Plan).

The Forward Regulatory Plan landing page includes a link to the Agency's Regulatory Stock Review Plan, which is the Agency's plan to review its entire regulatory stock over a set period of time. The Regulatory Stock Review Plan includes:

  • a list of the regulations that will undergo a review, prioritized in a way that makes sense to the regulator and stakeholders; and
  • a time frame for the review(s).

How guidance on regulatory requirements is provided (Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements)

The Agency's Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements:

  • outlines the commitments, practices and tools that the Agency applies when providing Canadians and businesses with information and guidance on regulatory obligations to be met; and
  • identifies the conditions under which written responses to questions will be provided.

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; and
  • annually update and report publicly on the count of baseline requirements.

The Agency has updated its Administrative Burden Baseline in February 2021.

Government of Canada’s acts and regulations

All of the Government of Canada’s acts and regulations can be found on the Justice Laws website.

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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