World Class Regulator
As one of the federal government’s most active regulators, Environment Canada (EC) has wide-ranging regulatory powers. EC must manage its regulatory agenda within a complex and rapidly evolving context. To meet these challenges, EC has embarked on a continual improvement initiative to strengthen the processes by which the Department selects, develops and implements regulatory instruments, with the objective of operating as a World Class Regulator.
Between 2011 - 2012, Environment Canada conducted an internal assessment of its regulatory activities against five World Class Regulator criteria: evidence-based decision-making, effectiveness, efficiency, transparency, and adaptability. The report below provides the findings of this assessment as well as an action plan to address identified gaps:
In order to validate the scope and objectives of its regulatory self assessment, Environment Canada obtained an external evaluation from an internationally-recognized expert in regulatory policy. Below are the findings of this evaluation and Environment Canada’s response to its primary recommendations:
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