Forward Regulatory Plan: 2021 to 2023: Reviewing the Red Tape Reduction Regulations (Updated)

Title or working title of regulatory initiative

Reviewing the Red Tape Reduction Regulations

Enabling act(s)

Red Tape Reduction Act


The Red Tape Reduction Act (RTRA), brought into effect in 2015, sets out requirements for federal departments and agencies to control the growth of administrative burden on business when developing regulations (i.e., the one-for-one rule). The Red Tape Reduction Regulations (RTRR) set out the requirements for calculating administrative burden, reconciliation timelines, exemptions and reporting. The RTRA stipulates that a review of the Act must be caused 5 years after coming into force, as such a legislated review is currently underway. As a result of this review, changes to the RTRA and RTRR may be identified.

Key objective(s)

Key objectives will be identified and included in this plan once the review of the RTRA and its associated regulations is concluded. This regulatory initiative is associated with the department’s Regulatory Stock Review Plan: 2021 to 2031.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

Not yet determined.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Not yet determined.


Public and internal consultations were held from June to September 2019, to inform the review of the Act and its associated regulations. Once proposed regulatory changes are determined,  stakeholders  will be invited to provide comments before or during a pre-publication of the draft regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I.

Links to additional information

Departmental contact information

Isabelle Skalski
Senior Advisor, Policy and Strategic Planning
Regulatory Affairs Sector

This regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan: 2018-2020

For more information

Consult the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s acts and regulations web page for:

  • a list of acts and regulations administered by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • further information on the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s implementation of government-wide regulatory management initiatives

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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