Federal regulatory management

The Government of Canada is committed to protecting and advancing the public interest in health, safety and security, the quality of the environment, and the social and economic well-being of Canadians through an effective, efficient, and accountable regulatory system.

Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) supports the federal regulatory system by:

  • Providing federal regulatory policy and oversight;
  • Supporting evidence-based Governor in Council decision-making; and
  • Advancing and promoting regulatory cooperation.

The Cabinet Directive on Regulation

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat is responsible for the Cabinet Directive on Regulation. The Cabinet Directive on Regulation is the Government of Canada's overarching regulatory policy framework that lays out the rules and requirements regulators must follow when they develop and implement regulations.

Canada's regulatory system is internationally recognized as among the best in the world. The Cabinet Directive on Regulation ensures that regulations promote innovation and economic growth, while protecting the health, safety, security, social and economic well-being of Canadians, and the environment.

The Cabinet Directive on Regulation replaces the Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management, dated

Regulatory cooperation

The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council's (RCC) goal is to facilitate closer regulatory cooperation between Canada and the United States (U.S.) and enhance economic competitiveness by aligning our regulatory systems where appropriate, while maintaining high levels of protection for health, safety and the environment. It involves a practical, working-level approach to support "upstream" regulator-to-regulator cooperation that reflects the integrated nature of Canada-U.S. supply chains, similar consumer preferences, and the importance of stakeholder input.

Regulatory Reviews and Modernization

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) is leading the Government's work to modernize Canada's regulatory system. Targeted regulatory reviews are exploring ways to reduce barriers to innovation, economic development, and investment in the Canadian economy, and help ensure that the Canadian regulatory system can accommodate emerging technologies and businesses.

The Government wants to hear suggestions on how to make regulations more agile, responsive, and transparent while maintaining or enhancing health, safety, security, and environmental protections. Participate in our consultation and share your ideas for modernization.

Existing guidelines and tools under the Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management

TBS provides guidelines and tools to help departments and agencies implement federal regulatory policy requirements.

TBS has also led several initiatives to support the reduction of administrative burden on business and to increase openness and transparency. These measures fall under four key themes:

For more information

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

Access archived information on the Red Tape Reduction Commission.

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