Regulations Prescribing Physical Injuries
Subsection 45.79(3) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act
The proposed regulations would strengthen Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) governance by prescribing a definition of “serious injury” in regulations, under subsection 45.79(1) of the RCMP Act. This will clarify when the RCMP must initiate an external serious incident investigation as set out in the Act.
Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses
Defining “serious injury” in regulations would provide more certainty, impartiality and transparency concerning how these incidents must be handled, which would contribute to RCMP accountability and enhance public trust.
The definition would apply to all, regardless of gender, however, would most benefit men and Indigenous individuals, as they most frequently experience encounters with the police generally.The proposal would not result in any new costs for the Government of Canada, including the RCMP and the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission, and will not impact businesses.
Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)
This proposal is not related to a work plan or commitment under a formal regulatory cooperation forum. However, the federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) government have collaborated through Assistant Deputy Ministry (ADM) – FPT on Crime Prevention and Policing Committee and the ADM-FPT on Contract Management Committee to develop the proposed definition.
Pre-publication in the Canada Gazette (Part I) is scheduled for April 4, 2019. Interested persons may make representations concerning the proposed regulations within 30 days of the publication date.
- Civilian Review and Complaints Commission
- Statistics Canada
- Office of the Correctional Investigator
Departmental contact information
Manager, Policing Accountability
Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan
October 1, 2013
For more information
- Government-wide Administrative Burden Baseline counts
- Government-Wide Forward Regulatory Plans
- The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- The Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- The Canada–United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites
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