Joint Forward Plan Released by Regulatory Cooperation Council
The Harper Government and the Obama Administration recently released the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Joint Forward Plan (Forward Plan). The Forward Plan represents a significant pivot point for their regulatory cooperation relationship. The Forward Plan outlines departmental commitments to cooperate in 24 areas of regulatory business and new department-level partnerships to institutionalize the way U.S. and Canadian regulators work together to develop smarter and more effective regulatory approaches that avoid creating unnecessary requirements and costs.
The development of the Forward Plan was greatly informed by the input received from stakeholders from both countries, including through the bi-national Notice for Comment published last fall. Canada and the United States received over one hundred submissions representing 160 signatories, including comments from the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council.
As part of the effort to rollout the Forward Plan, there will be a bi-national RCC Stakeholder Event in Washington, D.C. on October 8, 2014. The meeting will provide interested stakeholders the opportunity to learn more about the Forward Plan, and provide input to regulators from both countries on its implementation.