Acts and Regulations

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat provides advice and makes recommendations to the Treasury Board committee of ministers on how the government spends money on programs and services, how it regulates and how it is managed. The Secretariat helps ensure tax dollars are spent wisely and effectively for Canadians.

As the administrative arm of the Treasury Board, the Secretariat has a dual mandate: to support the Treasury Board as a committee of ministers and to fulfil the statutory responsibilities of a central government agency.

To fulfill its mandate, the Secretariat organizes its business and resources around 4 core responsibilities:

  • Spending Oversight
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Employer
  • Regulatory Oversight

For information about the core responsibilities, departmental results, departmental result indicators and programs of the Treasury Board Secretariat, consult our Departmental Results Framework and Program Inventory.

What are we doing?

As a department, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat is responsible for administering acts and regulations, and for implementing government-wide regulatory initiatives:

Acts and regulations

The department is responsible for administering certain federal acts and regulations.

Access these federal acts and regulations at the following links:

Planned or anticipated reviews and/or changes to regulations (Forward Regulatory Plan and Regulatory Stock Review Plan)

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat publishes Forward Regulatory Plans, which is a public list, with descriptions, of planned or anticipated federal regulatory changes that the department intends to bring forward over a 24-month period.

The Forward Regulatory Plan landing page includes a link to the department's Regulatory Stock Review Plan, which is the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's plan to review its entire regulatory stock over a set period of time. The 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
  • a time frame for the reviews

How guidance on regulatory requirements is provided

 The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's Policy on Providing Guidance on Regulatory Requirements:

  • outlines the commitments, practices and tools that the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat 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

Number of administrative burden requirements in regulations

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's Administrative Burden Baseline:

  • establishes a baseline count of federal regulatory requirements that impose administrative burden on business
  • is annually updated and reports publicly on the count of baseline requirements

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

For more information

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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