On February 4, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and United States President Barack Obama announced the creation of the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) to better align the two countries’ regulatory approaches, where possible.
The work of the RCC is guided by Terms of Reference – agreed upon in June 2011 – which support the following principles:
Canadaand the will each maintain its own sovereign regulatory system; U.S.
- Regulatory outcomes for consumer protection, health, safety, security and the environment will not be compromised;
- New regulatory systems will be designed with the goal of achieving alignment, where feasible and appropriate;
- In addition to resolving existing unnecessary divergences, mechanisms to facilitate and secure future alignment would be developed;
- Transparency and early engagement between countries, and with stakeholders, underlie the efforts of the RCC; and
- We are pursuing opportunities that provide benefits to both
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The RCC is an initiative that brings together senior representatives of the governments of
Additionally, the following Government of Canada departments and agencies lead various RCC working groups: