One-for-One Rule

The government has committed to reducing the regulatory burden on businesses to better enable them to make needed investments in productivity and job creation. The government is also committed to ensuring that the One-for-One Rule maintains the highest standards of protection for Canadians in all areas, including health and safety.

In response to the Red Tape Reduction Commission’s Recommendations Report: Cutting Red Tape...Freeing Business to Grow, the Red Tape Reduction Act received Royal Assent on . As required by the Act, please find the 2014- Report on the Application of the One-for-One Rule.

Why is the One-for-One Rule important?

Through the One-for-One Rule, the government is reducing the administrative burden in two ways:

  1. When a new or amended regulation increases the administrative burden on business, regulators are required to offset – from their existing regulations – an equal amount of administrative burden cost on business.
  2. It requires regulators to remove a regulation each time they introduce a new regulation that imposes new administrative burden on business.
    • Regulators are required to provide offsets within two years of receiving final approval of regulatory changes that impose new administrative burden on business.
    • The value of the administrative burden cost savings or cost increases to business are made public in the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement when the regulatory change is published in the Canada Gazette.

Canada will be the first country to give such a rule the weight of legislation. For more information, please see the backgrounder on legislating the One-for-One Rule.

How does it change current practices?

Businesses told the Red Tape Reduction Commission that the burden of existing regulation has been growing unchecked.

The One-for-One Rule requires regulatory changes that increase administrative burden costs to be offset with equal reductions in administrative burden. In addition, ministers are required to remove at least one regulation when they introduce a new one that imposes administrative burden costs on business.

Guidelines and tools are available to help departments and agencies implement these new requirements.

How will success be measured?

To demonstrate results to business and to Canadians, an Annual Scorecard Report is published on the systemic regulatory reforms the government is putting in place, particularly on the implementation of the One-for-One Rule, the small business lens, and service standards for high volume regulatory authorizations.

How is this being done?

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s Regulatory Affairs Sector is leading the implementation of this systemic reform.

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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