Canada's Federal Regulatory System

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Developing and Improving Federal Regulations

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About the Regulatory Affairs Sector


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Regulations are a type of law and a key policy instrument used by the federal government to protect health, safety, security and the environment.

The Regulatory Affairs Sector at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, supports Canada’s regulatory system by:

  • Reviewing and challenging regulatory submissions and Orders in Council to ensure that they meet the requirements set out in the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and provide ministers with sound analysis for decision-making.
  • Providing central oversight and modernization of Canada’s regulatory system by reporting to Parliament and to Canadians, on the government’s ability to deliver regulatory reforms and policy frameworks. It also leads whole-of-government efforts to facilitate economic growth and innovation.
  • Advancing regulatory cooperation with domestic and international partners to reduce barriers to trade. This is achieved through the Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council, the Canada-E.U. Regulatory Cooperation Forum, and the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table between federal, provincial and territorial governments in Canada.
  • Supporting the federal regulatory community by working closely with departments on the development of regulatory proposals as well as with the Canada School of Public Service and the Community of Federal Regulators to support the regulatory community in the application of the Cabinet Directive on Regulation.