Marketplace Framework Policy Branch


Regulatory Initiative: Regulations Amending the Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations

Description of objective:

Amendments to the Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations are being proposed in response to a request from the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations to correct grammatical errors and ensure consistency between the French and English versions of the regulations. There are no proposed changes to the substance of the regulations.

The amendments are enabled pursuant to s. 12 of the Patent Act.

Indication of business impacts:

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation:

As a Miscellaneous Amendments Regulation, there is no requirement to pre-publish in Part I of the Canada Gazette. This is a low-impact regulatory amendment and as such public consultation will not be required.

Departmental contact:

Mark Schaan, Director-General, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch, Strategy and Innovation Policy Sector, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, mark.schaan@canada.ca, 343-291-3700


For more information:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.


Regulatory Initiative: Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations

Description of objective:

The Breach of Security Safeguards Regulations are being proposed to complement the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) amendments which establish a new regime for data breach reporting.

The Regulations provide for certain requirements pertaining to the statutory obligations to notify affected individuals of potentially harmful data breaches, report to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and maintain records of breaches. The objectives of the Regulations are to ensure that:

  • (1) all Canadians will receive consistent information about data breaches that pose a risk of significant harm to them
  • (2) individuals affected by a breach are provided the necessary information about a potentially harmful data breach to understand its significance and potential impact, and
  • (3) the Commissioner is provided the necessary information to provide oversight of the regime.

The amendments are enabled pursuant to paragraph 26(1)(c ) of PIPEDA.

Indication of business impacts:

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation:

A 30-day public consultation period commenced on September 2, 2017 with the publication of the draft regulations in the Canada Gazette (Part 1).

Departmental contact:

Mark Schaan, Director-General, Marketplace Framework Policy Branch, Strategy and Innovation Policy Sector, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, mark.schaan@canada.ca, 343‑291‑3700


For more information:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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