Federal regulatory management and modernization

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. Canada's regulatory system is internationally recognized as among the best in the world.

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat 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.

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

TBS provides policies, guidance, and tools to help departments and agencies implement federal regulatory policy requirements as set out in the Cabinet Directive on Regulation.

Regulatory cooperation

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat is responsible for leading the Government of Canada's activities related to regulatory cooperation. The Government of Canada works with partners in the United States, European Union, and domestically with provinces and territories to reduce unnecessary regulatory differences and eliminate duplicative requirements and barriers between jurisdictions.

Learn more about regulatory cooperation and the initiatives that the Government of Canada is involved in, including:

  • the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council;
  • the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – Regulatory Cooperation Forum; and
  • the Canadian Free Trade Agreement: Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table

Regulatory reviews

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat 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.

Budget 2018 allocated funding for targeted regulatory reviews in three initial key sectors:

  • agri-food and aquaculture;
  • health/bio-sciences; and
  • transportation and infrastructure

The targeted reviews will focus on identifying and addressing regulatory irritants and bottlenecks to innovation, competitiveness, and economic growth.

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.

Oversight and public reporting

Public reporting is an important element of a transparent regulatory system. The President of the Treasury Board reports regularly to Parliament and to the Canadian public on key regulatory initiatives such as cost-benefit analysis in regulatory proposals, as well as the One-for-One Rule as required by the Red Tape Reduction Act. These reports help to communicate the intended benefits of the regulatory system, and highlight efforts undertaken to limit the burden imposed on Canadian businesses

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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