Department of Industry Act (S.C. 1995, c. 1)

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Department of Industry Act

S.C. 1995, c. 1

Assented to 1995-03-16

An Act to establish the Department of Industry and to amend and repeal certain other Acts

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Department of Industry Act.

Establishment of Department

Marginal note:Department established
  •  (1) There is hereby established a department of the Government of Canada called the Department of Industry over which the Minister of Industry, appointed by commission under the Great Seal, shall preside.

  • Marginal note:Minister

    (2) The Minister holds office during pleasure and has the management and direction of the Department.

  • Marginal note:Registrar General

    (3) The Minister is the Registrar General of Canada.

Marginal note:Deputy Minister

 The Governor in Council may appoint an officer called the Deputy Minister of Industry to hold office during pleasure and to be the deputy head of the Department.

PART IPowers, Duties and Functions of the Minister

Marginal note:Powers, duties and functions
  •  (1) The powers, duties and functions of the Minister extend to and include all matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction, not by law assigned to any other department, board or agency of the Government of Canada, relating to

    • (a) industry and technology in Canada;

    • (b) trade and commerce in Canada;

    • (c) science in Canada;

    • (d) consumer affairs;

    • (e) corporations and corporate securities;

    • (f) competition and restraint of trade, including mergers and monopolies;

    • (g) bankruptcy and insolvency;

    • (h) patents, copyrights, trade-marks, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies;

    • (i) standards of identity, packaging and performance in relation to consumer products and services, except in relation to the safety of consumer goods;

    • (j) legal metrology;

    • (k) telecommunications, except in relation to

      • (i) the planning and coordination of telecommunication services for departments, boards and agencies of the Government of Canada, and

      • (ii) broadcasting, other than in relation to spectrum management and the technical aspects of broadcasting;

    • (l) the development and utilization generally of communication undertakings, facilities, systems and services for Canada;

    • (m) investment;

    • (n) small businesses; and

    • (o) tourism.

  • Marginal note:Additional powers, duties and functions

    (2) The powers, duties and functions of the Minister also extend to and include all matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction, not by law assigned to any other department, board or agency of the Government of Canada, relating to regional economic development in Ontario.

  • 1995, c. 1, s. 4;
  • 2005, c. 26, s. 20.
Marginal note:Objectives

 The Minister shall exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions assigned by subsection 4(1) in a manner that will

  • (a) strengthen the national economy and promote sustainable development;

  • (b) promote the mobility of goods, services and factors of production and of trade and commerce in Canada;

  • (c) increase the international competitiveness of Canadian industry, goods and services and assist in the adjustment to changing domestic and international conditions;

  • (d) encourage the fullest and most efficient and effective development and use of science and technology;

  • (e) foster and promote science and technology in Canada;

  • (f) strengthen the framework for the development and efficiency of the Canadian marketplace;

  • (g) promote the establishment, development and efficiency of Canadian communications systems and facilities and assist in the adjustment to changing domestic and international conditions;

  • (h) stimulate investment; and

  • (i) promote the interests and protection of Canadian consumers.

Marginal note:Functions

 In exercising the powers and performing the duties and functions assigned by subsection 4(1), the Minister shall

  • (a) initiate, recommend, coordinate, direct, promote and implement national policies, programs, projects and practices with respect to the objectives set out in section 5;

  • (b) collect, gather, by survey or otherwise, compile, analyse, coordinate and disseminate information in respect of matters under the Minister’s administration, as well as in relation to trends and developments, both within and outside Canada, in respect of those matters;

  • (c) promote, assist and provide support services for, and investment in, Canadian industry, goods, services, science and technology;

  • (d) promote cooperation with the governments of provinces and their agencies and non-governmental entities in Canada and participate, as appropriate, in the promotion of cooperation with agencies of other nations and international agencies; and

  • (e) take any action that may be necessary to secure, by international regulation or otherwise, the rights of Canada in communications matters.

Marginal note:Inspection services

 The Minister shall provide the inspection services for the protection of Canadians that the Minister considers necessary for the enforcement of any Act under the Minister’s administration, or as the Governor in Council may direct the Minister to provide, and may designate any person as an inspector for the purpose of providing those services.

PART IIRegional Economic Development in Ontario

Marginal note:Objectives in relation to regional development in Ontario

 The Minister shall exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions assigned by subsection 4(2) in a manner that will

  • (a) promote economic development in areas of Ontario where low incomes and slow economic growth are prevalent or where opportunities for productive employment are inadequate;

  • (b) emphasize long-term economic development and sustainable employment and income creation; and

  • (c) focus on small and medium-sized enterprises and the development and enhancement of entrepreneurial talent.

  • 1995, c. 1, s. 8;
  • 2005, c. 26, s. 22.
Marginal note:Duties in relation to regional development in Ontario
  •  (1) In exercising the powers and performing the duties and functions assigned by subsection 4(2), the Minister shall, with respect to regional economic development in Ontario,

    • (a) in cooperation with other concerned ministers and boards and agencies of the Government of Canada, formulate and implement policies, plans and integrated federal approaches;

    • (b) coordinate the policies and programs of the Government of Canada;

    • (c) lead and coordinate the activities of the Government of Canada in the establishment of cooperative relationships with Ontario and with business, labour and other public and private bodies; and

    • (d) collect, gather, by survey or otherwise, compile, analyse, coordinate and disseminate information.

  • Marginal note:Coordination

    (2) In exercising the powers and performing the same duties and functions, the Minister may

    • (a) provide and, where appropriate, coordinate services promoting regional economic development in Ontario including services to develop entrepreneurial talent, support local business associations, stimulate investment and support small- and medium-sized enterprises in that province or any part of that province; and

    • (b) initiate, recommend, coordinate, direct, promote and implement programs and projects in relation to regional economic development in Ontario.

  • 1995, c. 1, s. 9;
  • 2005, c. 26, s. 23.
Marginal note:Regulations

 The Governor in Council may make regulations

  • (a) relating to policies, programs and projects referred to in section 9; and

  • (b) generally for carrying out the purposes and provisions of sections 8 and 9.

 
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