Report of the committee
Friday, May 20, 2022
The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry has the honour to table its
Your committee, which was authorized to examine the the subject matter of those elements contained in Parts 4, 5 and 6 of Bill S-6, An Act respecting regulatory modernization, has, in obedience to the order of reference of Thursday, April 28, 2022, examined the said subject-matter and now reports as follows:
During two meetings on this pre-study held on May 5 and 12, 2022, the committee’s witnesses comprised government officials, as well as representatives from six business trade associations and one civil society organization. The committee also received six written briefs.
The committee is pleased to submit this pre-study report on Parts 4, 5 and 6 of Bill S-6.
THE COMMITTEE’S OBSERVATIONS
The committee supports Part 4’s proposed amendments to the Agricultural Products Marketing Act, as well as Part 5’s proposals to change the Feeds Act, the Seeds Act and the Health of Animals Act.
However, given Health Canada’s current consultations regarding modernization of the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA), the committee does not, at this time, support Part 6’s proposed amendments to the PCPA. In the committee’s opinion, because Health Canada’s efforts to modernize the PCPA will supersede certain issues addressed in Part 6 of Bill S-6, it seems premature to approve Part 6.
As well, the committee is mindful of the letter received from the Minister of Health on May 10, 2022, while the pre-study was under way. The letter indicated the Government of Canada’s intention to support an amendment to remove Part 6 from Bill S-6 when the Senate undertakes its clause-by-clause consideration.
Finally, as a more general matter, the committee believes that the Government of Canada should ensure that future consultation processes for regulatory modernization bills and initiatives meet several key criteria. In particular, the processes should be transparent, interactive and inclusive of all relevant stakeholders including both those who are well established in and those who are new entrants to a particular sector. In the committee’s view, such an approach would enhance coordination between and among federal departments and those stakeholders.