Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 152, Number 25: Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Post Corporation Act

June 23, 2018

Statutory authority

Canada Post Corporation Act

Sponsoring agency

Canada Post Corporation

REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS STATEMENT

(This statement is not part of the Regulations.)

Issues

The Special Services and Fees Regulations and the Non-mailable Matter Regulations make reference to the Universal Postal Convention drawn up by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) at the 25th Congress, 2012, not at the most recent Congress, held in Istanbul, on October 6, 2016. Therefore, the Special Services and Fees Regulations and the Non-mailable Matter Regulations must be updated to ensure consistency with the latest Congress.

Background

The Universal Postal Union is a specialized agency of the United Nations with a mandate to broaden cooperation among world postal administrations and improve the quality and efficiency of the international postal network. The Universal Postal Convention, which is drawn up by member countries of the UPU every four years, sets out the rules for international letter-post service that apply to all members of the UPU. Canada has been a member of the UPU since 1878.

Objectives

The objective of the proposed Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Post Corporation Act (the proposed amendments) is to ensure that the Special Services and Fees Regulations and the Non-mailable Matter Regulations reflect the most recent Congress of the UPU.

Description

The proposed amendments would not change the rules governing the payment of indemnity under the Special Services and Fees Regulations; however, a reference to the 25th Congress, 2012, would be replaced with a reference to the 26th Congress, 2016.

The Non-mailable Matter Regulations make three references to the Universal Postal Convention (25th Congress, 2012) and the Final Protocol of that Convention, which contain a list of items that are prohibited in the mail. The proposed amendments would replace references to the 25th Congress, 2012, with references to the 26th Congress, 2016.

Regarding the list of prohibited items, the significant change taking place is that Cuba is reserving the right to not accept coins, banknotes, currency notes, securities or other similar items.

"One-for-One" Rule

The "One-for-One" Rule does not apply to the proposed amendments, as there would be no change in administrative costs incurred by the business.

Small business lens

The small business lens does not apply to the proposed amendments, as there would be no costs incurred by the business.

Consultation

The Canada Post Corporation Act requires a consultation period through publication of the regulatory proposal in the Canada Gazette. All representations must be sent to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada. They will be taken into consideration in the preparation of the final regulatory proposal. Given that the proposed amendments are housekeeping in nature, no consultations were undertaken prior to publication in the Canada Gazette.

Rationale

Canada is a signatory to the Universal Postal Convention, which is an international treaty. Accordingly, such references to the Universal Postal Convention must be current with the most recent Congress of the UPU.

The proposed amendments would not result in costs to Canada Post customers.

Implementation, enforcement and service standards

The Special Services and Fees Regulations and the Non-mailable Matter Regulations are enforced by Canada Post under the Canada Post Corporation Act. Given its administrative authority, Canada Post has updated the International Destination Listing of the Canada Postal Guide with the changes resulting from the most recent UPU Congress. No increase in the cost of enforcement is expected as a result of the proposed amendments, given their limited scope.

Contact

Grégoire Crevier
Manager
Regulatory Affairs
Canada Post Corporation
2701 Riverside Drive, Suite N0940
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0B1
Telephone: 613-734-7316
Email: gregoire.crevier@canadapost.ca

PROPOSED REGULATORY TEXT

Notice is given, pursuant to subsection 20(1) of the Canada Post Corporation Act footnote a, that the Canada Post Corporation, pursuant to subsection 19(1)footnote b of that Act, proposes to make the annexed Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Post Corporation Act.

Interested persons may make representations with respect to the proposed Regulations within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. All such representations must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, and the date of publication of this notice, and be addressed to the Minister of Pubic Works and Government Services, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6.

CANADA POST CORPORATION

Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Post Corporation Act

Special Services and Fees Regulations

1 The definition Universal Postal Convention in section 2 of the Special Services and Fees Regulations footnote 1 is replaced by the following:

Universal Postal Convention means the Universal Postal Convention drawn up by the Universal Postal Union at the 26th Congress, 2016. (Convention postale universelle)

Non-mailable Matter Regulations

2 Subitem 1(3) of the schedule to the Non-mailable Matter Regulations footnote 2 is replaced by the following:

Item Non-mailable Matter
1 (3) Letter-post items or parcels that contain dangerous or perishable items prohibited by article 19 of the Universal Postal Convention (26th Congress, 2016) and by articles VIII and IX of the Final Protocol of that Convention.
3 Subitem 2(2) of the schedule to the Regulations is replaced by the following:
Item Non-mailable Matter
2 (2) Letter-post items or parcels that contain live animals prohibited by article 19 of the Universal Postal Convention (26th Congress, 2016).
4 Subitem 3(4) of the schedule to the Regulations is replaced by the following:
Item Non-mailable Matter
3 (4) Letter-post items or parcels, other than those referred to in subitems 1(3) and 2(2), that contain matter prohibited by article 19 of the Universal Postal Convention (26th Congress, 2016) and by articles VIII and IX of the Final Protocol of that Convention.

Coming into Force

5 These Regulations come into force on the day on which the Universal Postal Convention of the 26th Congress, 2016 is ratified by Canada, but if they are registered after that day, they come into force on the day on which they are registered.