Regulate Smarter

Canada’s regulatory system is a mix of complex, overlapping rules from all levels of government that has created a costly and uncertain environment to run a business. It is time elected officials, regulators and businesses work together to fix it. Business productivity, innovation and ultimately Canada’s economic growth depend on it.

Why is Canada’s Regulatory Competitiveness Lagging?


As all levels of government continue to layer on new regulations, businesses must contend with more compliance and reporting requirements instead of focusing on growing their business.


Uneven application of regulatory best practices can result in inadequate consultations, flawed cost-benefit analyses of proposed regulations and an underestimation of business impacts.


Little progress has been eliminating the regulatory differences between provinces. Canada has also introduced new non-tariff regulatory barriers to trade with other countries.


Many regulatory frameworks are overly prescriptive, outdated and not equipped to deal with or incentivize innovative business activity.

Inefficient processes and poorly conceived regulations result in less business creation, expansion, investment and innovation, and fewer economic opportunities for Canadians. We need better processes and well-designed regulations to help minimize the costs to business while improving public health and safety benefits.

Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Read our Regulate Smarter series reports

BRINGING BACK FEE FAIRNESS: The Implications of Rushed Changes to Federal Cost Recovery Rules

This report explores the implications of rushed changes to federal cost recovery rules and proposes recommendations to improve the Service Fees Act

The grades are in! How did the government do in our 2019 Federal Regulatory Report Card?

A year after the release of Death by 130,000 Cuts: Improving Canada’s Regulatory Competitiveness, we are grading the federal government’s response to our regulatory recommendations and providing additional advice on how to continue improving Canada’s regulatory culture.

CETA Issue in Focus: Opening Opportunities for the Canadian Crop Sector

In this report, Senior Director, International Policy, Mark Agnew spotlights how Canadian crop exports to the EU are not reaching their full potential due to a number of outstanding protectionist practices and what the government can do to help our country’s crop sector.    

Cultivating Competitiveness: Turning Agri-food Regulatory Reform Promises into Action

Recognizing that the success of Canadian farmers and food manufacturers is connected to the performance of the regulatory systems that govern their activities. Ryan Greer, Senior Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Policy, takes a closer look at the complexity and inconsistency of these regulatory processes, as well as the environment that inhibits competitiveness and ability to take advantage of new global opportunities.

Check Engine Light: Climate Policy Overheats Transportation Costs in Canada

The projected direct and indirect costs of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change on the movement of goods and people with a particular focus on light and heavy road vehicles are examined in this report from Huzaifa Saeed, Policy Advisor.

The Unsavory Pancaking of Canada’s Climate Regulations: A High Cost Climate Strategy Canadian Businesses Find Hard to Swallow

Climate change is a defining issue of our times and Canadian businesses are prepared to play a role in combatting it, however in this report Aaron Henry, Director of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy explores why that willingness may be eroding.

Within Our Control: Improving the Regulation of Business-Indigenous Peoples’ Relationships

We focus on a relatively narrow yet critical area of federal regulation, the relationship between businesses and Indigenous peoples. In this report by Susanna Cluff-Clyburne, Senior Director of Parliamentary Affairs, we layout how Canada can no longer afford to have arcane laws and regulations holding Indigenous peoples and businesses back.  

Death by 130,000 Cuts: Improving Canada’s Regulatory Competitiveness

It all started with a lemonade stand and this report. Ryan Greer, Senior Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Policy, lays the groundwork for this Regulate Smarter series.  What is the cost of regulation and how does it affect Canada’s competitive position? The discussion starts here