About the Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management

The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management came into effect on April 1, 2012.

It directs federal departments and agencies to implement the new regulatory reforms announced by the government. It strengthens the previous Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation, introduced in April 2007 to implement a streamlined regulatory system that delivers the greatest benefits to current and future generations of Canadians.

The directive ensures that the government, when regulating, will adhere to the following principles:

  • Protect and advance the public interest;
  • Advance the efficiency and effectiveness of regulation;
  • Make decisions based on evidence;
  • Promote a fair and competitive market economy;
  • Monitor and control the administrative burden;
  • Create accessible, understandable and responsive regulation; and
  • Require timeliness, policy coherence and minimal duplication.

Why is the Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management important?

As part of Canada's regulatory policy, the Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management supports the government's commitment to protect and advance the public interest in health, safety and security, the quality of the environment, and the social and economic well-being of Canadians through a more effective, efficient and accountable regulatory system. The directive also supports the government's new commitment to reducing the regulatory burden to Canadian businesses, ensuring that regulators are sensitive to the needs of small businesses, and creating a more predictable and transparent regulatory environment to enable business development and economic growth.

How does it change current practices?

Federal regulators are expected to continue supporting the government's commitments to Canadians, first announced in the Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulation. Federal regulators are also expected to meet a number of additional requirements to implement the government's new regulatory reform initiatives. These initiatives are based on the Red Tape Reduction Commission's recommendations and on budget and platform commitments and are described on this website.

Guidelines and tools are available to help departments and agencies implement the directive.

How will success be measured?

To demonstrate results to business and to Canadians, an Annual Scorecard Report is published on the systemic regulatory reforms the government is putting in place, particularly on the implementation of the "One-for-One" Rule, the small business lens, and service standards for high volume regulatory authorizations.

The systemic reforms are the additional requirements in the new Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management that regulators must meet.

For more information

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

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