A directive of the federal cabinet on streamlining regulations has given rise to a new Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) intended to incorporate, among other things, an assessment of the impact of proposed policies and regulations on consumers. Office of Consumer Affairs, Industry Canada, is developing a draft of a guide, to be used in assessing the impact of proposed policies and regulations on consumers. This research is important because the direct involvement in Canada of consumer groups in assessing consumer impacts of proposed regulations and policies for Regulatory Impact Analysis Statements would be a new development. This research considers the resources, processes and standards necessary for effective participation in such assessments by Canadian consumer organizations.
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