Inside Regulatory Affairs - May 2023

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Extended deadline: Annual Regulatory Modernization Bill consultation

On March 27, 2023, the Regulatory Affairs Sector at TBS launched a consultation on the Annual Regulatory Modernization Bill on the Let’s Talk Federal Regulations online engagement platform that is now extended until June 19, 2023. We are seeking input from interested organizations and individuals on incorporation by reference, regulatory sandboxes, as well as potential legislative amendments regarding barriers to efficiency, overly restrictive legislation, and unnecessary requirements.

Your input to this consultation is extremely valuable to us as it will help us ensure that Canada’s federal regulatory system remains responsive to the needs of all Canadians.

We also take this opportunity to inform you that on May 3, 2023, the Second Reading debate of Bill S-6, An Act respecting regulatory modernization (second Annual Regulatory Modernization Bill), started in the House of Commons.

The What We Heard Report on breaking down inter-jurisdictional regulatory barriers is now available online

We invite you to read the What We Heard Report summarizing comments received from the Breaking Down Inter-Jurisdictional Regulatory Barriers consultation conducted on Let’s Talk Federal Regulations last spring/summer 2022. The consultation reached out to external stakeholders to explore regulatory barriers and opportunities to support trade and supply chains and gather suggestions on potential items for regulatory cooperation tables. Generally, stakeholders were supportive of Canada’s regulatory cooperation efforts and made several suggestions to address cross-border regulatory barriers, covering various industries.

Comments have been shared with relevant regulators for validation and a number may be brought to regulatory cooperation tables for consideration. We will provide updates on any new workplan items that stem from the consultation through this newsletter in the future.