Regulatory modernisation is a priority for the Government of Canada. The Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) of Canada plays a central role in the regulatory management and reform process. The TBS’s Regulatory Affairs Sector (TBS-RAS) hosted a study visit about Canada’s regulatory management system on April 28-30, 2009.
This visit was timely as Tunisia is presently establishing the Regional Centre of Expertise for Regulatory Quality (RCERQ) which is designed to respond to the interest expressed by a number of MENA countries to deepen knowledge and capacity building on regulatory reform and, in particular, the role of oversight bodies and Regulatory Impact Analysis.
The Canadian TBS-RAS Centre of Regulatory Expertise (CORE) was identified as a model for the establishment of Tunisia’s own centre of expertise. CORE’s model as a consulting service for federal departments was of particular interest since Tunisia’s Centre is intended to provide consultative services throughout the MENA region.
TBS-RAS developed a three-day agenda for a group of 11 government officials from Tunisia, Lebanon, and Egypt. The sessions included presentations by and discussions with representatives from TBS-RAS, the Canada School of Public Service, Justice Canada, the Community of Federal Regulators, the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulation, and several clients of CORE including Health Canada and the Canada Food Inspection Agency.
The sessions provided a complete overview of Canada’s regulatory policy and process, focusing on the Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulations and on the establishment and functions of CORE, the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement process, cost-benefit analysis, evaluation of regulatory programs, and training.
Given that one of Tunisia’s first challenges will be to train and inform stakeholders about the benefits of regulatory reform as it establishes the RCERQ, the study tour was particularly beneficial in that it highlighted CORE’s capacity as an outreach organisation.
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Canada School of Public Service
Canadian Food Inspection Agency