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:

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.)

Title of the regulationSOR Number  2021 Count
General Import Permit No. 1978-3841
Import Permits Regulations79-557
Export of Sugar Permit83-7221
Export Permit (Steel Monitoring) Regulations87-32133
General Export Permit No. Ex. 30 — Certain Industrial Goods to Eligible Countries and Territories94-7344
General Export Permit No. Ex. 29 — Eligible Industrial Goods94-7353
Import Allocation Regulations95-36214
General Import Permit No. 100 - Eligible Agriculture Goods95-371
General Import Permit No. 20 — Wheat and Wheat Products and Barley and Products95-4001
General Export Permit No. 12 — United States Origin Goods97-1071
Export Permits Regulations97-204169
General Import Permit No. 193 — Roses97-771
General Export Permit No. 37 — Toxic Chemicals and Precursors to the United States98-2643
General Export Permit No. 38 — CWC Toxic Chemical and Precursor Mixtures98-2653
General Import Permit No. 108 — CWC Toxic Chemicals and Precursors98-2663
United Nations Al-Qaida and Taliban Regulations99-4446
Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on the Suppression of Terrorism2001-3606
International Boundary Waters Regulations2002-44513
Schedule 1 Chemicals Regulations (Chemical Weapons Convention)2004-155306
United Nations Sudan Regulations2004-1977
United Nations Iraq Regulations2004-22112
United Nations Democratic Republic of the Congo Regulations2004-22210
Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)2006-2878
Export Permits Regulations (Softwood Lumber Products 2006)2007-15122
Softwood Lumber Products Export Allocations Regulations2007-1626
Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolution on Lebanon2007-2042
Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations2007-2856
Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on Iran2007-4412
Remote Sensing Space Systems Regulations2007-66970
Special Economic Measures (Zimbabwe) Regulations2008-2485
Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on Somalia2009-926
Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations2010-1656
Declarations Regulations (Chemical Weapons Convention)2010-56416
Special Economic Measures (Syria) Regulations2011-1146
Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on Libya2011-515
Special Economic Measures (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Regulations 2011-167 4
General Export Permit No. 45 — Cryptography for the Development or Production of a Product2012-16056
General Import Permit No. 80 — Carbon Steel2012-1716
General Import Permit No. 81 — Specialty Steel Products2012-1816
General Export Permit No. 43 — Nuclear Goods and Technology to Certain Destinations2012-8923
General Export Permit No. 44 — Nuclear-Related Dual-Use Goods and Technology to Certain Destinations2012-9023
General Export Permit No. 46 — Cryptography for Use by Certain Consignees2013-146
Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on the Central African Republic2014-1637
Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolution on Yemen2014-2137
Special Economic Measures (South Sudan) Regulations2014-2356
Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations2014-586
Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations2014-606
Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolution on South Sudan2015-1657
Export Allocation Regulations2017-17356
Export Permit Regulations (Non-strategic Products)2017-17455
Special Economic Measures (Venezuela) Regulations2017-2046
Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Regulations2017-2337
Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on Mali2018-2037
Brokering Permit Regulations2019-22142
General Brokering Permit No.12019-22974
General Export Permit No. 47 - Export of Arms Trade Treaty Items to the United States2019-23023
Special Economic Measures (Nicaragua) Regulations2019-2326
General Import Permit No. 83 — Aluminum Products2019-31917
Issuance of Certificates Regulations93-58728
Import Certificate RegulationsC.R.C., c. 603138
Transhipment RegulationsC.R.C., c. 6063
Export of Consumable Stores Supplied to Vessels and Aircraft PermitC.R.C., c. 6091
Export of Goods for Special and Personal Use PermitC.R.C., c. 6113
Export of Logs PermitC.R.C., c.6122
General Export Permit No. Ex. 18 — Portable Personal Computers and Associated SoftwareSI/89-1211
Special Economic Measures (Belarus) Regulations2020-2146
Special Economic Measures (People's Republic of China) Regulations2021-496
Total count: 3149

For more information:

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.


Matthew Willis
Deputy Director
Regulatory Affairs and Litigation Support Unit
Executive Briefing Division
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0G2
(613) 286-7894

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