Regulations and You - Regulatory Affairs: CARAC and So Much More!

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by Nicole Girard, Chief, Regulatory Affairs, Regulatory Services, Civil Aviation, Transport Canada

Regulatory Affairs, a division of Regulatory Services, is best known by industry stakeholders as the Canadian Aviation Regulations Advisory Council (CARAC) Secretariat. However, our mandate is much broader than the management of CARAC activities. As a multi-disciplinary team, the Division also provides functional advice to regional and headquarters personnel, and advises stakeholders on the consultation and regulatory process. In addition, the team is responsible for the timely processing of exemptions to regulatory requirements, amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) and the Aeronautics Act, the maintenance and amendment of the Delegation of Authority document, and the issuance of official credentials to delegated officers. Last but not least, Regulatory Affairs manages and publishes the aeronautical information publication (A.I.P. Canada), which became the Transport Canada Aeronautical Information Manual (TC AIM), in the fall of 2005.

CARAC was established in 1993, and is a joint undertaking of the government and the aviation community, with participation from a large number of organizations outside Transport Canada representing the overall viewpoint of the aviation community. The CARAC Management Charter and Procedures outlines the roles and responsibilities of the various CARAC groups, such as the Plenary, the Civil Aviation Regulatory Committee (CARC), the Technical Committees, the Working Groups, and the Secretariat. The CARAC Plenary meets approximately every 18 months, and is the custodian of the Charter, in addition to being responsible for establishing and amending, as required, CARAC's rules and procedures. CARAC recently celebrated its 10thanniversary. This council has become enshrined in the Canadian civil aviation rule-making process and is well respected by industry and government stakeholders.

For more information on Regulatory Affairs and the CARAC Secretariat, please visit our Web site at
menu.htm. Make sure that you take the time to view our new Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) database, launched at the 2005 Plenary meeting. We are confident that you will be as excited as we are with this new service available to our stakeholders!

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