Breaking down inter-jurisdictional regulatory barriers (closed)

Consultation has concluded

The Government of Canada works with provinces and territories and other jurisdictions to reduce unnecessary regulatory barriers to trade and competitiveness, while continuing to protect the health and safety of citizens and the environment. This includes working with other governments to:

  • Adopt international standards
  • Harmonize or align regulations
  • Share information and experiences
  • Reduce unnecessary regulatory differences
  • Eliminate duplicative requirements and processes

Canada participates in a number of regulatory cooperation tables to help accomplish these goals. These tables include:

  • Canadian Free Trade Agreement Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RCT)
  • Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC)
  • Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF)
  • Agile Nations (AN) Regulatory Cooperation Network (consisting of Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Denmark, Singapore, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates)

To learn more about the tables and explore their workplan items, please visit the regulatory cooperation page.

In addition, Canada participates in other global regulatory cooperation efforts such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Trade Organization.

Regulatory cooperation efforts are voluntary efforts undertaken between jurisdictions.


Share your thoughts

We are seeking input from Canadian organizations and individuals on:

  • Opportunities to align and cooperate on regulations with other governments and regulatory barriers impeding trade such as unnecessary regulatory differences, divergent standards, duplicative product testing or approval processes, overlapping inspection, or certification procedures across jurisdictions.
  • New challenges or opportunities for regulatory alignment and cooperation to respond to changing issues, technologies and needs as we look towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Potential future workplan items to inform Canada’s position on the regulatory cooperation tables.
  • Issues and ideas for how to improve the security and resiliency of Canadian supply chains.

Please share your views using the tools listed below by June 27, 2022.

Sharing your views using this platform provides an opportunity to engage in conversation with others, however, if you would prefer to share your views using email, please feel free to email us at regulation-reglementation@tbs-sct.gc.ca.


For assistance

Visit the Let's Talk Federal Regulations 101 Page to learn how to use the platform, register and provide comments, and how the feedback will be reported back. For technical assistance, visit Technical Support.

The Government of Canada works with provinces and territories and other jurisdictions to reduce unnecessary regulatory barriers to trade and competitiveness, while continuing to protect the health and safety of citizens and the environment. This includes working with other governments to:

  • Adopt international standards
  • Harmonize or align regulations
  • Share information and experiences
  • Reduce unnecessary regulatory differences
  • Eliminate duplicative requirements and processes

Canada participates in a number of regulatory cooperation tables to help accomplish these goals. These tables include:

  • Canadian Free Trade Agreement Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RCT)
  • Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC)
  • Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF)
  • Agile Nations (AN) Regulatory Cooperation Network (consisting of Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Denmark, Singapore, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates)

To learn more about the tables and explore their workplan items, please visit the regulatory cooperation page.

In addition, Canada participates in other global regulatory cooperation efforts such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Trade Organization.

Regulatory cooperation efforts are voluntary efforts undertaken between jurisdictions.


Share your thoughts

We are seeking input from Canadian organizations and individuals on:

  • Opportunities to align and cooperate on regulations with other governments and regulatory barriers impeding trade such as unnecessary regulatory differences, divergent standards, duplicative product testing or approval processes, overlapping inspection, or certification procedures across jurisdictions.
  • New challenges or opportunities for regulatory alignment and cooperation to respond to changing issues, technologies and needs as we look towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Potential future workplan items to inform Canada’s position on the regulatory cooperation tables.
  • Issues and ideas for how to improve the security and resiliency of Canadian supply chains.

Please share your views using the tools listed below by June 27, 2022.

Sharing your views using this platform provides an opportunity to engage in conversation with others, however, if you would prefer to share your views using email, please feel free to email us at regulation-reglementation@tbs-sct.gc.ca.


For assistance

Visit the Let's Talk Federal Regulations 101 Page to learn how to use the platform, register and provide comments, and how the feedback will be reported back. For technical assistance, visit Technical Support.

Tell us how regulatory cooperation efforts have helped you

We would like to hear how Canada's regulatory cooperation efforts have helped to address challenges faced by you/your organization?

Current and past workplan items are found at the following links:

  • Federal-interprovincial workplan items are found here.   
  • Canada-US workplan items are found here.
  • Canada-EU workplan items are found here.
  • Agile Nations work program items are found here.

Your input will help us to understand the impact of these initiatives.

Thank you for sharing your story with us.
CLOSED: Consultation has concluded

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