Regulatory Interpretation Policy Statement

An interpretation policy is an overarching document that outlines the commitments, practices, and tools to be applied by a department or agency when providing Canadians and businesses with information and guidance on regulatory obligations to be met. It also identifies the conditions under which written responses to questions will be provided.

Departmental Context

The Public Safety Portfolio plays a key role in discharging the Government's fundamental responsibility for the safety and security of its citizens. Legislation governing the Department sets out two essential roles: (i) support the Minister's responsibility for all matters, except those assigned to another federal minister, related to public safety and emergency management including national leadership and (ii) coordinate the efforts of Public Safety's Portfolio agencies as well as provide guidance on their strategic priorities.

The Public Safety Portfolio encompasses nine distinct organizations which directly contribute to the safety and security of Canadians. While portfolio agencies deliver public security operations according to their individual mandates, Public Safety Canada (PS), in its portfolio coordination role, brings strategic focus to the overall safety and security agenda.

The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness has a wide range of responsibilities under many different statutes, some of which are administered by PS, while others are administered by portfolio agencies. Particularly with respect to firearms, this is an area of shared responsibility. The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness is the lead minister responsible for firearms policy, including the firearms legislative and regulatory framework; whereas the Minister of Justice is responsible for the firearms-related penalty provisions of the Criminal Code and the criteria defining the classification of firearms. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) is responsible for the administration of the Firearms Act and its related Regulations.

The Department is committed to ensuring all stakeholders, including the general public, understand the need to comply with federal regulatory requirements. It provides clear and consistent information on how regulatory compliance guidance is communicated.

Predictability

Plain language Commitment

While much of the work of the Department involves use of complex legal and technical information, PS is committed to ensuring, to the greatest extent possible, that regulations and policies are drafted in plain language to enable Canadians to meet regulatory requirements, consistent with the Government's Red Tape Reduction Action Plan.

Providing Guidance and Building Awareness

When considering new regulations, or amending existing ones, PS engages with stakeholders and the public in a variety of ways. This could include meetings, pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, as well as news releases and Ministerial statements which are posted on the Department's website.

Once regulations are adopted, the CFP provides administrative guidance and information on the RCMP website. For further information please refer to the RCMP Regulatory Interpretation Statement.

Responding to Questions

For further information please refer to the RCMP Regulatory Interpretation Statement.

Service

For further information please refer to the RCMP Regulatory Interpretation Statement.

Stakeholder Engagement

For further information please refer to the RCMP Regulatory Interpretation Statement.

Improvement

For further information please refer to the RCMP Regulatory Interpretation Statement.


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