Regulatory Modernization Leads to the Regulator's Code of Practice
The Government of Ontario is creating a competitive, streamlined and modern system of government that above all maintains the safety of Ontarians. The Regulator's Code of Practice provides a consistent set of values, elements of professionalism and service principles for regulatory compliance staff to follow.
The Code further ensures that businesses and the public are treated fairly and with respect when they are being licensed, inspected, investigated or audited. Consistent, professional and efficient service in regulatory compliance activities permits businesses to better focus on increasing competitiveness and economic growth.
Compliance staff in the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) undertake a wide range of activities that are critical to protecting the public interest. To reflect the modernization of regulatory compliance in Ontario the Regulator's Code of Practice promotes a compliance-focused approach that is risk-based and focuses on the desired outcome - a safe, healthy and fair Ontario. This new approach for Ontario regulators will help provide a consistent approach to those we regulate.
The Regulator's Code of Practice replaces the Code of Professionalism. The Code preserves elements of professionalism and service standards and sets out best practices for regulatory compliance staff to use in the development, implementation and in some circumstances, enforcement of regulatory laws.
Compliance-Focused Approach is New
While the majority of individuals and businesses in Ontario comply with our laws, some may have difficulty complying because they misunderstand legislation requirements, make errors in taking steps to achieve compliance, or lack resources.
Regulators focus on the objectives of regulatory law and policy in a compliance-focused approach. It's a new way of thinking.
This new approach uses innovative, efficient and effective methods of achieving compliance. It encourages proactive approaches to compliance based on prevention. As an example, an inspector might provide guidance and educate a client about a different way of achieving compliance that doesn't focus on an investigation of compliance failures.
This is a Risk-Based Approach
Risk management involves identifying potential hazards and undesirable events, understanding the likelihood and consequences of the undesirable event, and taking steps to reduce the risk. This approach to compliance forms the basis of OMAF's regulatory enforcement by:
Elements of Professionalism in the Code
The Code provides elements of professionalism to support compliance activities and promote a consistent level of service excellence for the citizens of Ontario. The Regulator's Code of Practice will also ensure that businesses and the public are treated fairly and with respect when they are being licensed, inspected, investigated, audited or otherwise regulated, specifically:
The Regulator's Code of Practice is compliance-focused rather than enforcement-focused. This new approach is a commitment to protect the interests of all Ontarians by ensuring that public safety is a priority.
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