From Where Do US and Canadian Regulations Come?Most of us learn that governments like those of the US and Canada generally have constitutions, which include things like the US Bill of Rights or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But what about the many laws and regulations that affect us that aren't part of these constitutions?
Ever wonder how we make these government regulations that mold our lives? Most of us know that the US Congress or Canadian Parliament pass laws ("The So-And-So Act"), and the Executive agencies enforce government regulations. And in turn the Judiciaries (courts) of both countries adjudicate alleged infractions of these. What's the relationship between all this?
Simple: most of us are affected by the various regulations that are enforced, which are the ways in the laws are implemented by the different executive agencies (such as the US Department of Transportation, US Environmental Protection Agency, Transport Canada, or Environment Canada). While the general and permanent laws appear in bodies like the US Code, executive agencies use regulations to enforce them.
US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
US CFR Structure
Updating the US CFRs
And the overall flow of Act to Regulation in Canada mirrors that of the US (and vice versa).
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