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.

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:

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.

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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