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Table 8: Major Regulatory Initiatives


Enhanced Canadian productivity and participation through efficient and inclusive labour markets, competitive workplaces and access to learning

Housekeeping improvements to the Canada Student Loans Program regulatory framework: 

The Canada Student Loans Program is planning to move ahead with regulatory changes to make the program more effective and efficient as well as to clarify the rules regarding certain benefits.

Amendments to the Canada Student Financial Assistance Regulations and the Canada Student Loans Regulations are required to implement these changes.

The legislative and regulatory framework of the Canada Student Loans Program has undergone frequent, almost yearly, changes since the inception of the program. Ongoing legislative and regulatory improvements are required in order to keep step with these changes.   The CSLP review, which began in early 2007 and aims to have specific announcements in Budget 2008, subsumes the housekeeping improvements described in the 2006-2007 Report on Plans and Priorities.

Labour Market

Enhanced Canadian productivity and participation through efficient and inclusive labour markets, competitive workplaces and access to learning
No major regulatory initiatives have been identified for the Employment Insurance (EI) Program in 2006-2007. Regulatory changes to support EI operations and administration will be undertaken as required.    

i) Extension of transitional measures for 2 EI economic regions

  • Transitional boundary measures were extended to coincide with the completion of the boundary review.
  • A regulation came into effect October 4, 2006.

ii) Simplification of premium collection procedures related to provincial maternity and parental plans

  • The change will ensure that the EI program will continue to function in a complementary fashion with provincial maternity/parental benefit plans.
  • A regulation came into effect December 14, 2006.
Employment Insurance (EI) Fishing Regulations - section 77.4 The change will ensure that entitlement to EI fishing benefits take into account the existence of Quebec Parental Insurance Plan. Timely implementation of regulatory change Regulation pertaining to EI Fishing Regulations - section 77.4 came into effect August 29, 2006.
Employment Insurance (EI) Regulatory Amendment - Extended EI Benefits Pilot Project The change will put in place the announced pilot project to test the impacts of increasing entitlement by five (5) additional weeks of regular benefits to EI claimants, up to a maximum of 45 weeks of benefits, in 21 EI regions. Implementation of the pilot project takes into account the expiration of pilot project #6. Regulation pertaining to Pilot Project #10 came into effect June 23, 2006.
Employment Insurance Regulatory Amendment -Compassionate Care Benefit The change will broaden the definition of family member for determining eligibility for the Compassionate Care Benefit. This regulatory change ensures additional family members or those considered to be family members can be eligible for the compassionate care benefit. Regulation pertaining to the Compassionate Care Benefit came into effect June 14, 2006.


Safe, healthy, fair, stable, cooperative and productive workplaces and effective international labour standards
Employment Equity Act - Employment Equity Regulations Updated Regulations will include these consequential changes:
  • Update the census Metropolitan Areas to the 2002 Statistics Canada publication
  • Update the National Occupational Classification to the 2001 codes
  • Introduce the North American Industry Classification System
  • Make administrative and consequential changes (i.e. changing dates and Department name)
Publication in the Canada Gazette The new Employment Equity Regulations were published in Part II of the Canada Gazette in June, 2006.

All changes have been made except for the incorporation of the new department's name "Human Resources and Social Development Canada" on Schedule VI (Forms 1 to 6). Amendments to this schedule will be made once the name has been formally legalized.
Workplace Violence Prevention Regulations These regulations are intended to prevent direct or indirect acts of violence in workplaces subject to federal jurisdiction. Publication in Canada Gazette, Part I Expected in the fall of 2007
Hazard Prevention Program Regulations Amendments (Ergonomics) These amendments are intended to reduce or eliminate injuries that are a direct or indirect result of ergonomic hazards. Publication in Canada Gazette, Part I Published on June 23, 2007
Part III (Labour Standards) of the Canada Labour Code
Banking Industry Commission-paid Salespeople Hours of Work Regulations
As a result of the Commission of Inquiry in the Canadian Banking industry, a new regulation was put in place to exempt commission-paid salespeople employed in the Canadian banking industry from the standard hours of work provisions of Part III of the Canada Labour Code. These regulations came into force in May, 2006. Publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II The regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on May 31, 2007.
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
Electronic Alternatives Regulations for the Purpose of Subsection 254(1) of the Canada Labour Code
Because there is no authority under Part III (Labour Standards) of the Canada Labour Code to authorize an employer to use electronic means to distribute pay statements to employees, the Minister of Labour will make these new regulations under the Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act to authorize federally-regulated employers to issue pay statements to their employees through an electronic medium. Publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I These regulations will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, in the fall of 2007.

Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP)

The WEPP protects workers when employers declare bankruptcy by providing for the payment of unpaid wages and earned vacation pay.

Regulations for the WEPP are currently being drafted by the Department of Justice based on Labour Program direction.

The regulations set out administrative details not outlined in the legislation, including: 

  • Clarification of conditions of eligibility;
  • Clarification of the types of remuneration eligible for compensation;
  • The manner and time frame during which unpaid wage earners must apply for benefits;
  • Information that trustees must provide and the time period in which it must be provided;
  • The circumstances and amounts to be paid by the Program to compensate trustees for their duties under the Act;
  • The amount by which payments will be reduced to reflect source deductions; and
  • The manner and time period during which an applicant must appeal the decision of their entitlement to an adjudicator.

In 2006-2007, the process of drafting the regulations was expected to begin.

(Preliminary approval of the regulations must await Royal Assent to Bill C-62, which is expected to occur in 2007-2008.

Delivery of drafting instructions to the Department of Justice.

The WEPP will be subject to program evaluation and a mandatory five-year statutory review, which would provide an opportunity to adjust the regulations.

Drafting instructions for the major part of the regulations were ready for submission to the Department of Justice by the end of 2006-2007 and were delivered in April, 2007, thereby initiating the legal drafting process.