The Regulatory and Service Improvement Branch leads the Province’s regulatory reform initiative. The Branch provides expertise to all of government on best practices for regulation, including responsibility for administrating the Regulatory Reform Policy that guides public servants in amending or developing legislation, regulations, policies and forms.
B.C. has received national and international recognition for its approach to regulatory reform and its efforts to improve government services and processes.
Legislation and Regulation
Three key pieces of legislation support government’s drive to improve access to services and streamline government requirements:
The Regulatory Reporting Act requires annual reporting on government's regulatory and service improvement progress. The Annual Report contains the following information:
- goals and objectives of the regulatory and service improvement initiative;
- the regulatory count, an explanation of the methodology used, and a comparison with prior years; and
- an assessment of regulatory and service improvement initiatives undertaken in the previous year.
Better Regulations for British Columbians 2019
Better Regulations for British Columbians is an annual process that enables the B.C. government to update and improve regulations, to ensure they meet the evolving needs of people across the province.
- 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- Six Geodetic Control Monument Orders in Council were repealed.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.
Red Tape Reduction Day Act designates the first Wednesday in March as Red Tape Reduction Day.