Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council

The Canada-United States (U.S.) Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) brings together Canadian and U.S. departments with health, safety, and environmental protection mandates, to foster the alignment of regulatory systems between our two countries. The RCC supports a practical, working level approach to cooperation that aims to remove unnecessary and duplicative requirements, and reduce costs. This enhances economic competitiveness while maintaining high levels of protection for health, safety and the environment.

The Joint Statement from Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump included a strong expression of support for continued bilateral regulatory cooperation and provides a solid basis for regulators in both countries to continue the work of the Canada-U.S. RCC.

Work plans

In 2016-17, Canadian and U.S. regulatory departments and agencies developed 23 technical work plans with numerous initiatives aimed at facilitating closer regulatory cooperation between Canada and the U.S. This work is coordinated and monitored by the RCC Secretariat, composed of the Treasury Board Secretariat's Regulatory Cooperation Directorate (TBS-RCD) and the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

Stakeholder submissions

Your input as a stakeholder is key to identifying and elaborating opportunities for regulatory cooperation between Canadian and U.S. regulators. See the Stakeholder Submissions Guidance for Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation presentation to help you submit your regulatory and process alignment proposals.

Proposals can be sent to the Canada-US RCC Secretariat at the address below.

Departmental regulatory contacts

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Regulatory Cooperation Council Secretariat
90 Elgin Street, 5th Floor, Room 5162
Ottawa ON K1A 0R5


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  • 2011 RCC Joint Action Plan – Sets out 29 initiatives where Canada and the U.S. will work together to seek greater alignment.
  • 2014 RCC Joint Forward Plan - Discusses what has been accomplished with the initial 29 initiatives and reflects on lessons learned by regulators and stakeholders who have worked on this effort.

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