Government of Canada Consultations on Canadian Regulatory Modernization Initiative

The Government of Canada is looking for feedback and comments on its initiatives to modernize the Canadian Regulatory system and improve its performance for both Canadians and businesses. The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) is inviting input from all interested stakeholders on four of these regulatory modernization initiatives through this notice: Submission for comments due by September 5, 2019, send email to: [email protected]

Four of the initiatives are:

1. Targeted Regulatory Reviews (Round 2)

Targeted Reviews explore ways to enable regulations to be more agile, transparent and responsive, while continuing to protect the health and safety of Canadians and the environment. This will enable businesses to grow, benefitting all Canadians. The second round of Reviews will focus on the following three areas: Clean technology, Digitalization and technology neutrality and International standards.

2. Review of the Red Tape Reduction Act

The Government of Canada has launched the legislated review of the Red Tape Reduction Act, and is seeking stakeholder input on the Act, its design and implementation, and recommendations for improvement.

3. Exploring options to legislate changes to regulator mandates

Development of key principles related to efficiency and economic growth that would become part of the required analysis that regulators must perform as part of the regulatory development process.

4. Suggestions for the next annual Regulatory Modernization Bill

The Regulatory Modernization Bill is a new annual mechanism designed to remove outdated and redundant requirements embedded in legislation that impede federal regulators from making changes to keep pace with innovation and technology, and to modernize requirements and practices. The Bill will allow for the subsequent modernization of associated regulations. This annual exercise aims to help keep regulations current, to better reflect the realities of today’s fast-paced environment.

Complete detailed information and summary on the Regulatory Modernization Initiatives is published and available in Canada Gazette Part 1, Volume 153, number 26 June 29, 2019.

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) will keep track of all suggestions. They will also be provided to the responsible regulatory department or agency for their consideration in the 2020 or future Annual Regulatory Modernization Bill. Timing for the 2020 Bill is yet to be determined.

Brennen Young
Policy and Strategic Planning
Regulatory Affairs Sector
Email: [email protected]