Programs that authorize the practice of a profession or the operation of a business or community facility after determining that established standards have been met. Activities usually include establishment of standards; review of applications; preparation and administration of examinations; issuance or denial of licences, certificates or accreditation papers; enforcement of compliance with standards through inspection and monitoring; and revocation of licences or disciplinary action in cases of noncompliance.
Programs that issue written personal permits to engage in activities that are regulated by government authority or which maintain and, where appropriate, provide access to official documents which authenticate the occurrence of specific transactions, proceedings or events. Also included are programs that evaluate records, licences or permits issued by foreign authorities and produce written certification of equivalency to Canadian standards.
Programs that provide financial assistance to help people pay for records, licences, permits and other required documents in situations where they cannot otherwise afford them.
Programs that have regulatory and/or oversight responsibilities in enforcing the laws and standards established through consumer protection or fair trade legislation.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.