Regulatory and Service Improvement provides cross-government leadership.
The Regulatory Requirements Count and Net Zero Increase Commitment provides a proxy for the overall regulatory burden, and requires government to keep the overall number of regulatory requirements below 2004 levels.
The Regulatory Reform Policy and Regulatory Impact Checklist and Count Form supports the development of effective and efficient legislation, regulations, policies and forms and encourages transparency in regulatory decision-making.
The Regulatory Reporting Act and Regulations requires government to report on its progress in regulatory and service improvement on an annual basis.
The Better Regulations for British Columbians annual process enables multiple, minor regulatory amendments that improve service delivery in one batch—an efficient solution for smaller amendment approvals. These amendments take effect on or before Red Tape Reduction Day in March.
In 2019, 30 updates were made to keep B.C.’s regulatory framework up-to-date, including:
- The Forest Recreation Regulation was amended to extend a Recreation Officer’s authority to close trails for public safety, to update helmet provisions to include all off-road vehicles, to simplify the services fee structure, and to remove the commuter vehicle category to streamline campsite operator fee collection.
- The Homeowner Protection Regulation was amended to streamline professional development requirements of residential builders to better meet current and future needs of building trades in B.C.
- The Strata Property Regulation was amended to clarify the investment requirements for strata corporations.
- Nine sections of the Employment Standards Regulation were amended to update references to federal legislation, provincial legislation, and provincial enterprises, and to improve consistency with other provincial legislation. These changes reduce confusion and the risk of legal challenges.
- Six Geodetic Control Monument Orders in Council were repealed. The reserved lands are no longer needed because more precise survey technologies are now used. This change will increase the efficiency of Crown grant administration.
- The Balsam Woolly Adelgid Regulation was repealed to align with current practices for controlling the spread of the Balsam Woolly Adelgid pest and remove quarantine areas that are no longer needed.
- The BC Timber Sales Regulation was amended to remove Category 3 as there are no longer any enterprises in that category, clarifying the regulation.
- The Water Sustainability Regulation was amended to clarify stream crossing provisions.
- The Water Sustainability Fees, Rentals and Charges Tariff Regulation was amended to correct two internal references and correct an error in the fee schedule.
- The Teachers’ Collective Agreement Act was repealed because it applied to a specific labour dispute (2005) and is no longer needed.
- The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Borrowing Regulation was repealed. It applied to a specific court case (1996) and was no longer needed.