Administrative Burden Baseline: 2021 Update
In its Red Tape Reduction Action Plan, the Government committed to building on the efforts of the Paperwork Burden Reduction Initiative by requiring departments, through the Administrative Burden Baseline (ABB), to provide a clear count of the requirements in federal regulations and associated forms that impose an administrative burden on business. The ABB benefits Canadians by contributing to the openness and transparency of the federal regulatory system.
All federal regulations administered by Global Affairs Canada whose requirements impose an administrative burden on business are identified below. The total 2014 ABB count was 2809.
The total 2020 count was 3137. The total 2021 count is 3149.
The increase since 2020 is the result of two regulations that came into force between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021:
- Special Economic Measures (Belarus) Regulations
- Special Economic Measures (People's Republic of China) Regulations
These regulatory changes are exempted from the "One-for-One" rule as they implement non-discretionary international obligations or address exceptional circumstances. (The "One-for-One" rule states that each increase in the administrative burden on businesses must be offset with a corresponding decrease.)
For more information:
- Government-Wide Forward Regulatory Plans
- The Cabinet Directive on Regulation
- Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
- Government-wide Administrative Burden Baseline counts
To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.
Previous years' counts for Global Affairs Canada are available upon request.
Regulatory Affairs and Litigation Support Unit
Executive Briefing Division
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
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