Immediately convene a government-business regulatory competitiveness working group. The working group would develop recommendations for the federal government to measure and reduce cumulative regulatory burden. It would also develop recommendations for governments to ensure a consistent application of regulatory guidelines and best practices by regulators.
Give regulators economic growth and competitiveness mandates to ensure that economic impacts are given appropriate consideration while preserving necessary protections.
Increase federal leadership in eliminating interprovincial regulatory barriers to trade through clear goals, timelines and accountability as part of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement.
Validate the quality and consistency of regulatory cost-benefit analyses from departments and agencies before regulatory proposals are submitted for Cabinet approval.
Fix regulatory consultations through earlier engagement with stakeholders while ensuring processes are transparent and evidence-based. Project-based public consultations should be time-limited and focused on projects, not outside policy issues.
Make prescriptive legacy regulatory frameworks more flexible and adaptable by moving to risk- or outcome-based regulations where appropriate.
Increase regulatory alignment with Canada’s trading partners by integrating regulatory cooperation into free trade agreements and design new regulations with alignment by default where it is in Canada’s economic interest to do so.