Community of Federal Regulators

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Community of Federal Regulators

Departments and Agencies
Working Together Towards
Regulatory Excellence
Since 2006

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About the CFR
The Community of Federal Regulators is a Government of Canada inter-departmental community working together to strengthen the capacity of federal regulatory professionals, thereby supporting to build a regulatory community Canadians trust to maintain and strengthen regulations affecting health, safety, security and prosperity in a sustainable society.

The activities of the Community of Federal Regulators are supported and delivered through the CFR Office housed in Health Canada. The primary functions of the Office are to plan/promote regulatory learning and development activities, to identify and facilitate collaborations for innovative ways of working in the regulatory field, and to enable exchange of effective regulatory strategies/tools between regulatory organizations.

To enhance and sustain the capacity of the federal regulatory community through learning, partnerships and best practices

A regulatory community Canadians trust to maintain and strengthen their health, safety, security and prosperity in a sustainable society

CFR Governance Structure
The CFR is championed by the President of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Dr. Siddika Mithani. Also supporting the community and providing direction to the CFR Office are two Assistant Deputy Minister Co-Champions: Tina Green (Assistant Secretary, Regulatory Affairs Sector at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat) and Stefania Trombetti (A/Assistant Deputy Minister, Regulatory Operations and Regions Branch, Health Canada).

The CFR champions are advised by an ADM Steering Committee made up of representatives from participating departments and agencies. The ADM Steering Committee provides direction to a Director General Committee and the CFR Office on priorities and planning.

The DG Committee is comprised of Director Generals from CFR partner organizations and provides guidance in the development of CFR plans to ensure that community resources are allocated towards priority activities that suit community needs.

Strategic Documents

Key Strategic Areas
As per the Community of Federal Regulators 2017-2020 Strategic Business Plan (approved by CFR governing bodies in July 2017), the CFR will focus its activities and services in three key strategic areas:


Talent Management


Increase community understanding of innovative regulatory concepts and enable their application
Targeted recruitment and strengthen regulatory capacity across the system

Connect organizations to foster collaboration and share regulatory expertise

Desired Outcome
An agile and responsive federal regulatory system

Desired Outcome
A robust regulatory workforce with well-developed competencies and skill sets

Desired Outcome
Shared regulatory approaches for greater efficiencies across the system

CFR Priorities
Pioneer projects and knowledge-sharing to support an ever-evolving regulatory system

CFR Priorities
Activities and learning events to attract and build regulatory talent

CFR Priorities
Opportunities to explore and adopt alignment on government-wide regulatory priorities