Administrative Burden Baseline: Update 2018

The Administrative Burden Baseline (ABB) provides Canadians with a clear metric on the total number of requirements in federal regulations and associated forms that impose administrative burden on business. This baseline contributes to the openness and transparency of the federal regulatory system.

In 2018, the department's overall ABB count was 3,560, representing a slight increase from its baseline count of 3,502 in 2018.

The increase can be attributed to:

  • An increase of 36 under the Rediocommunication Regulations, due to the inclusion of a new Testing Laboratory Technical Assessment Checklist. This requirement was a result of the 2017 consultation on the accreditation of wireless test labs addition and will ensure that specific items are evaluated during the assessment of test laboratories by a recognized accreditation body.
  • Three regulatory changes in relation to meeting Canada's commitments under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA):
    • A decrease of 1 from the repeal of section 3 of the Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations.
    • An increase of 25 for the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, as all patent infringement litigants were granted more equivalent and effective appeal rights.
    • An increase of 23 due to the introduction of the Certificate of Supplementary Protection (CSP) Regulations, which offers protection that compensates patentees for time spent in research and obtaining marketing authorization for applicable drug products.
  • A decrease of 25 due to the repeal of the Timber Marking Act in the Budget 2018 Implementation Act, Part II in December 2017, which removed the force of the Timber Marking Rules.

Since 2014, ISED has decreased its ABB count by 280 from the initial count of 3,840.

The data for previous years is available below.

Administrative Burden Baseline — 2018
Title of regulation SOR Number 2018 Count
Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Radiocommunication Regulations 96-484 509
Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 2001-512 13
Canada Cooperatives Regulations 99-256 8
Canada Small Business Financing Regulations 99-141 307
Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations 2005-143 115
Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations 93-133 62
Certificate of Supplementary Protection Regulations 2017-165 23
Investment Canada Regulations 85-611 378
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations 93-212 27
Patent Rules 96-423 360
Public Servants Inventions Regulations C.R.C., c. 1332 44
Trade-marks Regulations 96-195 72
Industrial Design Regulations SOR/99-460 40
Competition Bureau
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations c. 417 16
Notifiable Transactions Regulations 87-348 392
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations c. 1551 36
Measurement Canada
Weights and Measures Regulations 2014-111 173
Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations 2014-113 186
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules c. 368 607
Orderly Payment of Debts Regulations c. 369 37
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations SOR/2009-219 155
Department Count 3560
Administrative Burden Baseline — 2017
Title of regulation SOR Number 2017 Count
Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Radiocommunication Regulations 96-484 473
Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 2001-512 13
Canada Cooperatives Regulations 99-256 8
Canada Small Business Financing Regulations 99-141 307
Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations 2005-143 116
Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations 93-133 37
Investment Canada Regulations 85-611 378
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations 93-212 27
Patent Rules 96-423 360
Public Servants Inventions Regulations C.R.C., c. 1332 44
Trade-marks Regulations 96-195 72
Industrial Design Regulations SOR/99-460 40
Timber Marking Rules C.R.C., c. 1552 25
Competition Bureau
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations c. 417 16
Notifiable Transactions Regulations 87-348 392
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations c. 1551 36
Measurement Canada
Weights and Measures Regulations 2014-111 173
Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations 2014-113 186
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules c. 368 607
Orderly Payment of Debts Regulations c. 369 37
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations SOR/2009-219 155
Department Count 3500
Administrative Burden Baseline — 2016
Title of regulation SOR Number 2016 Count
Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Radiocommunication Regulations 96-484 473
Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 2001-512 13
Canada Cooperatives Regulations 99-256 8
Canada Small Business Financing Regulations 99-141 305
Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations 2005-143 116
Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations 93-133 37
Investment Canada Regulations 85-611 378
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations 93-212 27
Patent Rules 96-423 360
Public Servants Inventions Regulations C.R.C., c. 1332 44
Trade-marks Regulations 96-195 72
Industrial Design Regulations SOR/99-460 40
Timber Marking Rules C.R.C., c. 1552 25
Competition Bureau
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations c. 417 16
Notifiable Transactions Regulations 87-348 392
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations c. 1551 36
Measurement Canada
Weights and Measures Regulations 2014-111 173
Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations 2014-113 186
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules c. 368 607
Orderly Payment of Debts Regulations c. 369 37
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations SOR/2009-219 155
Department Count 3500
Administrative Burden Baseline — 2015
Title of regulation SOR Number 2015 Count
Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Radiocommunication Regulations 96-484 699
Telecommunications Apparatus Regulations 2001-522 348
Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 2001-512 13
Canada Cooperatives Regulations 99-256 8
Canada Small Business Financing Regulations 99-141 305
Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations 2005-143 116
Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations 93-133 37
Investment Canada Regulations 85-611 378
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations 93-212 27
Patent Rules 96-423 360
Public Servants Inventions Regulations C.R.C., c. 1332 44
Trade-marks Regulations 96-195 72
Industrial Design Regulations SOR/99-460 40
Timber Marking Rules C.R.C., c. 1552 25
Competition Bureau
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations c. 417 16
Notifiable Transactions Regulations 87-348 392
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations c. 1551 36
Measurement Canada
Weights and Measures Regulations 2014-111 173
Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations 2014-113 186
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules c. 368 607
Orderly Payment of Debts Regulations c. 369 37
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations SOR/2009-219 155
Department Count 4074
Administrative Burden Baseline - 2014
Title of regulation SOR Number 2014 Count
Industry Canada
Radiocommunication Regulations 96-484 731
Telecommunications Apparatus Regulations 2001-522 376
Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 2001-512 13
Canada Cooperatives Regulations 99-256 8
Canada Small Business Financing Regulations 99-141 305
Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations 2005-143 116
Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations 93-133 37
Investment Canada Regulations 85-611 107
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations 93-212 27
Patent Rules 96-423 360
Public Servants Inventions Regulations C.R.C., c. 1332 44
Trade-marks Regulations 96-195 72
Industrial Design Regulations SOR/99-460 41
Timber Marking Rules C.R.C., c. 1552 25
Competition Bureau
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations c. 417 16
Notifiable Transactions Regulations 87-348 392
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations c. 1551 36
Measurement Canada
Weights and Measures Regulations 2014-111 161
Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations 2014-113 174
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules c. 368 607
Orderly Payment of Debts Regulations c. 369 37
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations SOR/2009-219 155
ABB Count for Industry Canada 3840

Contact information:

Innovation, Science and Economic Development
David Warsaba
Telephone: 613-614-9431
Email: david.warsaba@canada.ca

Competition Bureau
Sahra Boonstra
Telephone: 613-818-1693
Email: sahra.boonstra@canada.ca

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Matthew Dick
Telephone: 819-953-1625
Email: matthew.dick@canada.ca

Measurement Canada
Lance Robertson
Telephone: 613-816-8937
Email: lance.robertson@canada.ca

Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Sheila Westerink Robin Sheila
Telephone: 613-868-0244
Email: sheila.westerinkrobin@canada.ca

For more information:

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